The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Arthur C. McCann Speaker Series, named in honor of retired Summit High School English teacher Arthur McCann. This endowment was made possible by a $50,000 donation from Nicholas Stephens, Summit High School Class of 1972, in honor of his former teacher.
Mr. McCann is remembered fondly by Mr. Stephens and other students as a dynamic and caring teacher who had a lasting impact on them. SEF is thrilled to honor Mr. McCann with this endowment and to see his legacy continue. Each year, through our regular grants process, grants for speakers at the Summit Public Schools will be eligible for funding through proceeds from this endowment.
This is an open endowment, and others who would like to celebrate Mr. McCann are invited to contribute in any amount. Click here to donate, or email Christine Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Coding Club debuted in Fall 2015 at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School thanks to a grant from SEF. The program gave 25 LCJSMS students an 8-week introduction to Google's CS First program, which promotes early exposure to computer science education for students. Students used Scratch, a computer language, to write programs for basic video games and other fun activities. The second 8-week session in 2016 expanded to 60 students! Click here to read more about all of the innovative grants that have been implemented by LCJSMS Librarians Megan Hartley and Beth Thomas.
"Students can now utilize this tool in my classroom and at home to fully incorporate it into their learning. They can annotate the lesson in a program like Notability or Topnotes, taking the teacher notes and media and making it more personal and relevant to them." -- Matthew Ramstedt, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, LCJSMS, commenting on iPads