February 2021


Join us for a Virtual Awards Ceremony and a Springtime Celebration!


It's nearly time for SPEF’s 14th Annual Excellence in Education Awards, taking place virtually on Thursday, March 25th. Please join us at 6:00 PM and share in the excitement as we stream the event from our website! Then, to double the fun, on Sunday, June 6th SPEF is planning our first Excellence Springtime Celebration, an outdoor celebration at Mill River Park with music, dance, and picnic fare.

The Excellence in Education Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Stamford’s business community and the devoted individuals who help us educate and empower Stamford’s next generation. SPEF is honored to announce the 2021 award recipients: 

SPEF Leadership Award:
Jack Bryant (posthumous)

SPEF Community Giving Award:

SPEF Educator Award: 
Multiple winners being announced at the event!


SPS Teacher of the Year
Winner, Finalists and ​​Spotlight Award Recipients


In addition, the Excellence in Education Awards' On-line Auction will open on Monday, March 22nd, chock-full of great buys for mind, body and heart! Stay tuned for an announcement of the exciting auction packages!


New and Noteworthy at SPEF

Making an Impact: Here-to-Help 

Working alongside the Stamford Public Schools district, SPEF launched the Here-to-Help program, a centralized hub for families to access resources and information to enhance their child’s education experience. It also provides direct outreach to the disengaged students/families faced with challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To date, SPEF staff and our community partners have supported nearly 500 students with the resources they need to be successful in a remote learning environment. Specific needs include childcare, internet access, Parent Portal support, translation services, and homework assistance.

The work continues but progress is being made, one student at a time!

One Day (24 Hours) to Give Where Your Heart Is

SPEF is delighted to once again participate in Fairfield County's Giving Day on Thursday, February 25th. We know you care about public education, and that you support the important work SPEF is doing, especially during this pandemic.

 Please remember to give where your heart is. Give to SPEF on Giving Day. Bookmark our site. You'll be set to donate.

Heartfelt Thanks! 

Spotlight on Supporters

Gartner gives back to the Stamford community

We are so proud to call Gartner, based here in Stamford, a true partner. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Gartner associates donated more than 200 hours of their time in various community giving activities, including serving meals, prepping laptops for Stamford High, doing mock-interviews at AITE, and putting together an enthusiastic team of walkers and runners for our annual MarcUS for Change 5K. Did I mention they are generously providing funding support as well? It's no wonder we are excited to be presenting Gartner with our SPEF Community Giving Award on March 25th during our virtual Excellence in Education Awards ceremony.


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Check it out! SPEF is excited to announce we have updated our website. Visit www.spefct.org to learn more about our COVID-19 Helping Hands Initiatives and COVID-19 Emergency Fund. In addition, bookmark our website and visit often to stay up to date on events and programs in 2021, volunteer for one of our many programs, make a donation to support our work, or catch up on a past edition of The Bridge!


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