July 2022


Excellence in Education Awards 2022

Last month, the Stamford Public Education Foundation brought together over 250 guests at its 15th annual Excellence in Education Awards on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 600 Washington Boulevard. The event's theme was "Up on the Roof," inspired by the Drifters' 1962 hit, and offered guests breathtaking views of the City of Stamford from the rooftop terrace above the offices of NatWest, the presenting sponsor of the evening.

A glass of champagne welcomed community leaders and educators before strolling down the blue carpet, where smooth and rhythmic melodies by Project Music accompanied conversations of those who had not seen each other in person since before the beginning of COVID-19. A vibrant networking reception with a silent auction offering items donated by Hat Attack, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Nordstrom, Rockrimmon Country Club, Closets by Design, the New York Yankees, Salvi Earth, and more kept the crowd busy between grazings at gourmet culinary stations with donations of wine from Domaine Bousquet and beer from Two Roads Brewing.

At this year’s Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony, SPEF honored leaders in education, volunteerism, and community giving:

SPEF Leadership Award, Senator Patricia Billie Miller SPEF Community Giving Award, Deloitte SPEF Educator Award, Jennifer Argenio, Rogers International School

Stamford Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Committee was also on hand to present their award to Jonathan Ringel of Stamford High School, as well as to their finalists and semi-finalists.

Thank you to everyone who made the event a huge success! Couldn't attend? Consider making a donation!

View more photos here!


New and Noteworthy at SPEF

Summer Start

Last week, SPEF's Summer Start welcomed about 100 rising Kindergarteners and 30 four-year-old students to Hart Magnet School.  They had an amazing turn out for the parent orientation and "Meet and Greet" events, which helped the first week run smoothly.  Children have been smiling ear to ear throughout each day, all while learning in hands-on-lessons. Students have begun to pick up on classroom routines, walking in hallways, raising their hands, following rules, and playing nicely with their peers.  We are excited to see what the next few weeks will bring in the nine classrooms of engaged and motivated students!

Thank you to our partners Verizon, United Way of Western CT, and The Community Fund of Darien for recognizing the importance of early childhood education and supporting this year’s Summer Start program with a grant.  


Board Announcements

The SPEF Board of Directors has had a refresh! Announcing this year's Executive Committee:

President, Michael Zanga
Vice President, Susan Briggs Bloss
Secretary, Katherine Molina-Powell
Treasurer, Bryan Bishop

SPEF would like to welcome its newest Board of Directors members...

Shiv Kumar, Scala Computing
Kiran Anand, NatWest
Julienne Foy, Waterside School

...And thank those who have served and donated their time to our mission:

Jennifer Lobato-Church
Kathleen Hanley
Matthew Buccino
Ty Davis
Nicole Sanford


Books Across Stamford

The Books Across Stamford Summer Series is preparing to distribute more than 3,000 books this summer. SPEF will be visiting locations including Boys and Girls Club, INTEMPO, ROSCCO, Summer Start, and various SPS Summer Schools.

A big "thank you" to our friends at Scholastic, Inc. for donating 5,000 books to the Books Across Stamford program.

Check our website for upcoming dates and exact locations.

Books Across Stamford is an engaging literacy program focused on motivating children to read by distributing new, free books and literacy resources to economically disadvantaged children and families. Please contact Rachel Alonso-Mendoza (ralonso@spefct.org) if you are interested in volunteering at an event.


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