Drummer Andres Forero, from the Broadway hit “Hamilton”, shared his talent and experiences with Summit High School students thanks to a Summit Educational Foundation grant written by music teacher Alex Bocchino. Forero, one of the most talented and respected drummers in the world, played excerpts from Hamilton and In the Heights, as well as a piece entitled "Toshiko" from an album he created with other artists. In between, Forero shared stories of performing on Broadway and recording with world-class artists. He answered the students questions. Forero told the students, “The most important thing is to carry yourself in a great way. To be a good person. Be passionate. Be kind. Be great.”
The hour and a half session took place in the SHS auditorium and was open to all students. Students came and went as their class schedules permitted and over 150 students enjoyed all or some of Forero’s session.
The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Arthur C. McCann Speaker Series, named in honor of retired Summit High School English teacher Arthur McCann. This endowment was made possible by a $50,000 donation from Nicholas Stephens, Summit High School Class of 1972, in honor of his former teacher.
Mr. McCann is remembered fondly by Mr. Stephens and other students as a dynamic and caring teacher who had a lasting impact on them. SEF is thrilled to honor Mr. McCann with this endowment and to see his legacy continue. Each year, through our regular grants process, grants for speakers at the Summit Public Schools will be eligible for funding through proceeds from this endowment.
This is an open endowment, and others who would like to celebrate Mr. McCann are invited to contribute in any amount. Click here to donate, or email Christine Murray at email@example.com for more information.
To read our Back To School Letter, click here.
Last year, with support from 700 families, SEF funded
84 grants totaling over $635,000 to support all academic
areas at all nine Summit schools.
To donate to SEF, click here.
Our deadline for fall grants is Sunday, October 15th.
For information about how to apply for a grant, click here.
Have a great start to the year!
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