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Summit Educational Foundation Awards Spring 2022 Grants of Over $1,172,000

The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our grant awards for the 2022 spring grant cycle. The Foundation approved funding for 47 grants across the school district including the development of “SEF Innovation Labs” at each elementary school! This is groundbreaking and pushes the district STEAM initiative to the next level. SEF continues to “Create Possible” in our schools thanks to over 35 years of community support.

A sampling of the approved grants include:

Primary Centers

  • Enlist Wiley Blevins experts to conduct a series of “phonics and word study” professional development courses for all Primary Center staff. $7,038

  • Create a “Mobile Art & Music Classroom '' including books, instruments and a movable cart to transport the classroom to all kindergarten students. $5,556

  • Supply a bin of “sensory tools” for every Primary Center classroom full of tools to provide a reset when the student is feeling unfocused or anxious. $1,186


Elementary Schools

  • Develop SEF Innovation Labs at every elementary school for project-based STEAM education and provide salaries for 4 STEAM Teachers. $876,740

  • Provide over 8,000 decodable texts that support the district’s phonics skills initiative for students in all 1st grade classrooms. $61,084

  • Multiple grants that expand the high-interest, decodable books selection for ELL, Special Education, and older learners at several elementary schools. $29,293 (combined)

  • Refresh the Spanish language book collection at the Jefferson School library to support ELL students who are learning to read. $1,947

  • Enhance 2nd + 3rd grade classroom libraries at Franklin School with books that have diverse characters and experiences. $12,364

  • Supply “QBalls” (essentially a microphone within a ball) to be used in action-oriented learning environments to encourage participation and engagement at the Washington School. $2,376.

  • Install the popular Gaga Pits at both Franklin + Brayton schools. $21,117 (combined).

  • Purchase a collection of leveled mystery books to support the mystery unit and book clubs for 3rd graders at Lincoln-Hubbard. $6,333

Middle School

  • 12-month online subscription to Kids Discover research database to provide appropriate reading-leveled science, social studies, and health articles to all LCJSMS students. $1,999

  • Purchase ceramics equipment, including 2 pottery wheels and tools to elevate the hands-on art cycle program at LCJSMS. $9,651

  • 1-year premium membership to NoRedInk, an online, interactive, customizable grammar tool to be used in a pilot program for an 8th grade team. $1,575

High School

  • Purchase Arduino-based robotics and electronic kits for students to learn programming and to encourage creative design in both the SHS Robotics Club and Design Project elective class. $972

  • Continue support of the SHS Peer Leadership Program that develops select 11-12th grade student ambassadors that lead programs throughout the school and district. $9,276

  • Purchase the “Wenger Virtual Acoustic Environment” add-on for our existing music rehearsal room to simulate different performance / presentation conditions at the touch of a button. $10,261

  • Offer an all-school author visit with award-winning Non-fiction writer, Steven Sheinkin which will focus on research and the non-fiction writing process. $3,842

  • Expand and modernize the Fashion Design + Merchandising program by purchasing dress forms, serger machines, and supplies. $1,692


A full list of approved Fall 2021 grants is available at: www.sefnj.org