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SEF Awarded 'Outstanding Foundation' Award by Education Advocacy Group

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From left, SEF Board Members Sue Thatch, Diana Sajer, Irene Murdock, Key Michel and Beth Sharpe. Credits: Christine Murray
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EWING, NJ - The New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership (NJEFP), a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing public education in New Jersey, has presented the Summit Educational Foundation (SEF) its first "Outstanding Education Foundation" Award.

The honor is presented to "the New Jersey education foundation that has made a significant impact on its sc district. This can be measured in terms of financial support, community outreach and involvement, district initiatives and/or student impact."

Founded in 1986, the SEF has awarded more than $6 million in grants to the Summit Public Schools since its inception, funding a plethora of initiatives ranging from puppet theatre to technology. Since 2010, SEF grants have exceeded $3.7 million.

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In presenting the SEF the Award, the NJEFP said, "SEF's comprehensive grants, community outreach and involvement have demonstrated a commitment that reached beyond the classroom walls, impacting the community and district in a multi-faceted approach."

Established in 2007, the NJEFP was founded to support and assist local foundations in their quest to provide additional funding for public schools. On its website, the NJEFP states that. "Public schools have existed to ensure participation of an educated citizenry in our democratic society. While continuing this mission, the needs of public school students have changed dramatically over the last twenty-five years. Students must be prepared to navigate through an increasingly complex world."

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