July 2021 



There was music in the air at Mill River Park on June 6th as SPEF brought the community together for our first-ever Excellence in Education Celebration, a springtime festival honoring Excellence in Education Award recipients (announced virtually in March) and supporters. The day kicked off musical performances by Project Music, followed by Stamford High School’s Strawberry Hill Players, who performed acts from their spring musical, “Put on a Happy Face.” 

Stamford Public Schools’ superintendent, Dr. Tamu Lucero, joined the stage to highlight this year’s five SPEF Educator Award winners, Katie Welsh, Luciana Lira, Betsy DeSantis, Ryan Carey and Fred Kelley, all of whom were in attendance with their families. Stamford Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Donna Kaiser, was also recognized. 

The live music continued with the Westhill High School Jazz Ensemble and the Stamford High School Madrigal Singers. The Hoop Girls of Stamford rounded out the day with their special, fun-filled dance routines. 

Check out our Photo Gallery from the day HERE! 


New and Noteworthy at SPEF

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Did U Know? Nearly 20% of our SPS students were chronically absent in 2021. This summer TUTORING INITATIVES  that address learning loss are more critical than ever.

SPEF's TutorU program provides one-on-one math and English TUTORING SCHOLARSHIPS  to students needing our help. 

Please consider making a donation to support a student needing a SCHOLARSHIP.

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SPEF receives $10,000 from the UWWC for Summer Start 

SPEF was recently awarded $10,000 from the United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) COVID-19 Resiliency Grant program, which focuses on alleviating the economic hardships the pandemic has brought upon the community. 

This funding is supporting our Summer Start Early Learning program, which kicks off at Hart Elementary School on Tuesday (July 6th)! We look forward to welcoming 175 children who will be entering the Stamford Public Schools this fall but have not had a complete preschool or kindergarten experience.


US Day 2021 featuring the MarcUS for Change 5K
will be back at Mill River:
Sunday, September 26th

We can't wait to celebrate with all of our friends throughout the community. More details on US Day activities to follow ...

This year's MarcUS for Change 5K includes the option of participating in a team-based walk/run that can take place any time between  September 20 - 25 OR a timed 5K on September 26 starting at Mill River Park (with the MarcUS for Change Spirit Award given to the school with the most participants that day!).  


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