The Somers Education Foundation is a private, non-profit, endowment-based entity devoted to enhancing educational opportunities in the Somers Public Schools.
Paul Salva, M.D., PhD.
John Mailhot, MBA
Liaison, Board of Education
Dr. Sam Galloway
Superintendent of Schools
Board of Selectmen
Jennifer D'Amour, JD
Tim Keeney, JD
The Somers Education Foundation’s 19th year was challenging yet successful. Endowment assets rebounded nicely and fundraising results improved dramatically courtesy of a wildly successful event in April which raised $51,082! Total assets increased 12% YoY and is 1% better than the previous all-time high in 2021. SEF awarded $55,704 this year, bringing the total to $650,069. SEF has had a total impact (grants + endowment) of $1,526,040 since inception. For perspective, in its first year, SEF raised $14,000 and awarded $5900 in education grants.
It is with sadness that SEF accepts the resignations of Tara Moody, Tracy Formica and Kevin McCLure and thanks them for their contributions and making the fundraisers such rousing successes.
Michelle Bernier and William Kirkpatrick have agreed to serve another 3-year term.
The Geissler’s Receipt Programcontinues to be a mainstay of funding. SEF thanks the Nilsson Family for its incredible generosity.
The Smile.amazon.com program was discontinued in February 2023.
SEF is now 19 years old. One of its founding tenets was to build a permanent, sustainable endowment so that SEF could award grants regardless of the economy and fundraising results. The endowment is working exactly as envisioned.
SEF’s goals are to continue, in the words of its first President Lou Bachetti, to “think big,” grow the endowment, increase community awareness, and provide greater funding for educational opportunities for every student in the Somers Public School System.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
Paul Salva, President
and the SEF Board
2023 Big Event
The grant program is available to teachers and administrators in the Somers elementary, middle and high schools. Each grant application is coordinated by the school administration and is forwarded to the Foundation. A Grant Review Committee thoroughly examines each application and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for a final decision.
• Makerspace (MBA)
• Nutmeg Nominees Book Club (MBA)
• Three Dimensional Architectural Tours (SHS)
· Rewarding Good Choice with the Gift of Literature (SES)
· Flexible Seating and Blue Filters for Art (SES)
· Technology for Teacher Reflection (MBA, SHS)
· Mimeo Boards for World Language (MBA)