The Somers Education Foundation (SEF) has been more creative than usual the past 6 months. First, SEF provided a full year of funding, $52,700 in August, rather than in two grant sessions in October and Spring as it has in the past. The major grant, $50,000 was for distance learning initiatives, went to the District rather than to individual teachers or schools, as had been established practice. The remainder went to fund a sensory-calming room at the Middle School.
SEF is in full collaboration mode in and beyond Somers. It participated with the PTO at the Halloween drive-up event which was a great and memorable success. Courtesy of the mind and talents of Scott Sutter, , SEF benefited from a virtual 5k – TheFundRun – along with the Ellington and Suffield education foundations in November. This generated $700 for the SEF and may become an annual event.
As is the case with every community organization, fundraising has been a challenge. For SEF, its sources are the Geissler Receipts Program and AmazonSmile.com along with donations. We are happy to announce that the Home Town Restaurant now has a Geissler Receipts box.
Other collection boxesare at the Main Offices of the elementary and middle schools, Joanna’s Restaurant and Knitting Criations. Hopefully, the box at the Town Library will be accessible again soon.
The endowment is at an all-time high due to market appreciation, the Geissler’s Receipts program and in July, the creation of the Mazzoli Family Fund and a gracious gift from the Antonacci Family Foundation. The SEF also completed a year-long review and update of its bylaws and has added a “History” tab to its website.
To date, SEF has awarded $575,000 in grants to the Somers Public Schools. Its total impact – grants plus endowment – is $1,350,000 since inception in 2004 when it started with $14,000 in donations from its original Board members. For more information about the Somers Education Foundation, please go to: www.sefonline.org.