October 2021 


The MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run Unites Stamford for the Ninth Year  

Gray t-shirts swept through the sidewalks and streets the week of September 20, as nearly 500 MarcUS for Change 5K participants completed their courses spread throughout the tri-state area. 

Hart Magnet Elementary School won the MarcUS for Change Spirit Award for showing the most school spirit, receiving an engraved trophy and $500 for their Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  Team Zing, led by Board President Michael Zanga, won the Most Valuable Team (MVT) award for bringing in the most donations. Gartner was a top-tier sponsor for the second year and the McInerney Family continued as Title Sponsor for the ninth year.

SPEF also received generous sponsorships from Align, Amvest Capital, Berkowitz and Hanna LLC, The Bishop Family, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennesey LLP, Deloitte, First County Bank, The Hobbs Family, Kellie Duggan Foundation, TechR2, LLC, and White and Williams LLP.

Participants gathered to walk or run a 5K in memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High School graduate whose life tragically ended in 2012. After his passing, the McInerney family partnered with SPEF to help raise funds and bring awareness to the importance of mentorship and the other programs that SPEF offers to the community.

Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to this special event! 


New and Noteworthy at SPEF

Sometimes we all need
a helping hand . . .

SPEF is working with Stamford Public Schools to ensure families have easy access to resources and information to help their students succeed in school.

Our Here-to Help network can connect you with school- and community-based resources and information, such as access to childcare, free tutoring, Google Classroom/Parent Portal support, social-emotional health resources, and more!

Interested in Learning More?  Visit: www.spefct.org/here2help


SPEF receives $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo, helping parents' voices shine! 

SPEF was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo for our Parent Voice Project.  This initiative aims to gather authentic perspectives from parents who may not have been historically represented. Our staff and volunteers are leveraging community partnerships to engage parents in nontraditional settings, including community centers, religious institutions, and housing campuses. The perspectives and voices collected are being shared with Stamford Public Schools and community-based organizations to influence program development and best practices. 

We are grateful to Wells Fargo for partnering with us on this important community-wide initiative.

We're Giving Away Halloween BOOOOks!  

SPEF is excited to participate in the Mill River Park Collaborative’s Halloween at the Carousel event on Saturday, October 30 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Stop by our table and take home free, new books for your child’s home library!

Costumes are encouraged. Treats will include cotton candy, candy apples,  hot cider, and crazy corn.

Registration is free but required.  Sign up here.


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