SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Educational Foundation (SEF) presented Fall 2017 grants totaling $91,051 to the Summit Board of Education on December 14.

Speaking on behalf of the SEF, Susan Thatch, the SEF Grants Chair acknowledged and thanked the “teachers, parents and administrators who took the time to submit many thoughtful and exciting grant applications … I am the one who gets to stand up here and announce the grants, but there are a lot of others who put time and effort into this process. And of course, we would like to thank our donors, without whom this would not be possible.”

Grants in the "Professional Development" category totaled $4,918 included:

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  • $3,200 for “Secret Stories Workshop” at Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers
  • $1,300 for Pre-K Teacher’s College Institute at Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers
  • $418 for the “Up the Ladder” instructional Series for grades 3-5 at Jefferson Elementary School.

Grants totaling $6,948 for “Transforming the Learning Environment” included:

  • $4,490 for flexible seating to support learning and engagement for grades 1-5 at Washington Elementary School
  • $1,807 for tools to support students’self-regulation needs at Washington Elementary School
  • $498 for a Lego Wall at Jefferson School Library
  • $153 for room calming light covers at Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School, for grades 1-5.

Awards totaling $14,107 to "Support the Current Curriculum" include:

  • $3,999 for Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) Grade 7 Science “Off the Grid” program
  • $2,342 for a UV-Vis Spectrophotometry for Summit High School;
  • $1,167 for a Chromatic Tone Chime Set for Franklin Elementary School
  • $6,599 for Lego Windstorms Robotic at LCJSMS Grade 7.

Grants for a total of $7,857 will be used for Books, including:

  • $5,417 for Guided Reading books for Grade 3 at Franklin Elementary School
  • $2,026 for Scholastic Digital E-Books at Franklin Elementary School
  • $414 for Folksong books at Washington Elementary School for grades 1-3.

"Curriculum Enhancement Awards" totaling $12,418 were awarded. Those include:

  • $3,840 for Family Technology, for the District, for Grades K-5
  • $768 for Family Literacy Night at Lincoln-Hubbard First grade
  • $4,710 for Words Matter for grades 1 – 5 at Jefferson Elementary School
  • $1,300 for an Indoor Tower Garden at Brayton Elementary School, Grade 5; and $1,800 for PinBox Wizards for Grade 4 at Jefferson Elementary School.

A total of $19,581 in awards were given in the "Enrichment with Math, Arts & Literacy" category, to four programs at LCJSMS, and a program at the High School and Jefferson Elementary School:

  • $9,280 was awarded to Speech & Debate
  • $3,576 to a Graphic Novel Literacy Program;
  • $2,532 for the Math Counts Competition Team and $725 for the Model United Nations Club.
  • $1,800 was awarded to a Brockett Parsons Residency at the high school for music students. Parsons is Lady Gaga’s keyboard player and a graduate of Summit High School.
  • $1,668  goes to the Ukulele Club at Jefferson Elementary School for grades 2 and 3.

Finally, in the "Supporting our Students for Success" category, $25,222 will
be distributed to three programs.

  • “Beyond the Bell After School Program at LCJSMS will receive $8,064;
  • PBSIS in the Primary Centers was awarded $9,163 and the centers also received $7,995 for Instrument Based Vision Screening.

All told, Pre-K and Elementary School received $48,294 in funding; the Middle School $34,775; High School, $4,142 and the district received $3,840.

The fall grants, when added to Spring 2017 grants -- which totaled $186,279 -- bring the 2017 calendar year SEF grant sum to  $277,330.

The Board gave Thatch and other members of the SEF a standing ovation for their hard work and generosity. Board Member David Dietze thanked Thatch and the Summit Educational Foundation for the grants and mentioned that anyone wanting to support the educational programs in the District should consider donating before the end of the fiscal year.

Assistant Superintendent and Business Administrator Louis J. Pepe said the budget process has started for the coming year and it is clear that a number of programs in the district would not be able to be offered or operated without the grants from the SEF.