August 2021



US Day 2021:  Uniting Stamford for a Stronger Community

Join US as we celebrate the rich diversity of Stamford's youth and their families by offering a wide variety of free activities for all to enjoy at the beautiful Mill River Park. Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities! 

The day kicks off with the 9th annual MarcUS for Change 5K Classic Walk & Run. This year, to encourage everyone to get out and moving, the 5K is FREE to all students and adults. Following the 5K, families will enjoy the Kids Craft Zone, STEM Stations, carousel rides, food trucks, and the Mayor’s Multicultural Council’s International Dance Festival.

In addition to the 5K Classic at Mill River, for those feeling more comfortable participating in smaller groups and on your own schedule, the MarcUS for Change 5K Team Walk & Run will take place September 20 through September 25 Team Leaders can gather friends, family, and colleagues for a 5K walk or run, set at a time and course that's convenient for them. 



"I'm kindergarten-ready!" 

SPEF’s Summer Start 2021 was a resounding success! It provided 167 young learners with a free, 5-week program chock-full of engaging classroom activities to build math and literacy skills, theme-based/hands-on projects, and a fun field day experience complete with a round-trip bus ride. This is the third year SPEF has offered Summer Start to children who are entering the Stamford Public Schools in the fall but have not had a complete preschool experience.

Working together to close the opportunity gap

Heartfelt thanks to our long-time partner, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF). Recently it granted SPEF $25,000 for general operating support, which is reserved for highly effective organizations that are aligned with FCCF’s strategic plan to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County. Earlier this year, FCCF also awarded SPEF a COVID-19 Resiliency Grant for addressing inequities in our community. This was used to support our Summer Start program. 

Building home libraries for Stamford's young learners

SPEF’s Books Across Stamford visited over 20 camps and schools this summer, including Summer Start, Stamford Recreation, CLC, and the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. In just a few weeks, more than 2,500 new books have found homes with over 1,400 children eager to read. This program reinforces the importance and value of printed literature while putting smiles on hundreds of little faces.


A warm welcome to SPEF's seven new members of our Board of Directors:

top row:  Ty Davis, HomeServe USA/NYU Stern MBA Candidate; Aruna Hobbs, MassMutual; Natalee Pei, Bridgewater Associates
bottom row:  Joe Zale, Deloitte; Sandi O’Keefe, State Street Global Advisors;  Katherine Molina-Powell, Acelero Learning; Rowland Hanley, Gartner

Also, at SPEF’s annual meeting in June, SPEF named its Executive Committee for fiscal year 2022: President, Michael Zanga, Sortegories; Vice-President, Jennifer Lobato-Church, NatWest; Treasurer, Bryan Bishop, PwC; and Secretary, Susan Briggs Bloss, Tudor Investment Corporation.

The SPEF team is looking forward to working with this talented, mission-driven group as we head into the new school year! 


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