What We Do

Innovation | Science | Technology | Engineering | Art | Math | Reading


Education Foundation of the Summit provides outreach, leadership, creativity, and funding for programs that are beyond the current scope and means of the Summit School District. Over $400,000 has been raised for public schools since 2010 through fundraising events, grant writing, donations, and grants. All funds raised have been distributed to the Summit School District and its students and teachers.

STEAM Programs
Innovative Teaching Awards
Scholarships to Graduating Seniors
Innovative Reading Programs
Partnerships for Education


(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math)

The Education Foundation partners with the Summit School District to bring STEAM programs to Summit. The foundation has leveraged its own fund-raising with outside grants to provide more than $162,000 to the Summit School District for STEAM programs since 2010. We have included art in our focus to support the creativity, innovation and enrichment that is a critical component of success for our students. STEAM experiences include after-school and summer programs with a focus on technology, engineering, coding, career technology opportunities for students.

Assisting Teachers

EFS awards Eileen Finkel Innovative Teacher Award grants annually provide funding to teachers with innovative classroom programs and creative projects.  Creativity and innovative approaches are highly valued in these awards as well as the use of technology in the classroom. Teachers and administrators submit proposals that are evaluated and awarded based upon need, innovation and impact on students.

Educating Students

The Annual Author’s Visit brings an engaging children’s author to Summit County for school presentations and evening sessions for families.

Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors.  Each year, graduating seniors receive iPads to take to college as part of our focus on innovation and technology.  EFS directors serve as mentors to high school students, who will be the first in their family to attend college.

Fostering Community

Each fall, EFS sponsors an annual Leadership Forum for parent leaders and officers in their school’s PTA/PTO to share grant writing and fundraising ideas.

EFS directors are members of school PTA/PTO’s.

EFS also offers grant writing assistance and provides matching grants up to $500 to PTA/PTOs to support their school-based initiatives.

EFS maintains close contact with retirees to inform them about opportunities to volunteer in Summit School District classrooms and to participate in the activities of the foundation.