The Strongsville Education Foundation (SEF) was created by a small group of concerned community leaders and established to encourage and inspire excellence in our schools. We provide incentives to continue high performance standards, preserve valued traditions, and provide money for needs that are beyond traditional funding. We believe that these dollars will continue and enhance the educational excellence that Strongsville parents and citizens have come to expect. SEF has a mission of collecting and distributing funds to promote excellence in education. Distribution of funds may be accomplished through student scholarships, grants for innovative classroom projects, or for a special need of the school district. In addition to managing the affairs of the non-profit organization, the board of trustees must approve the distribution of funds.
Strongsville Education Foundation
Strongsville, Ohio 44136
The Technology Campaign
The Strongsville Education Foundation is excited to announce its latest fundraising goal, an initiative that seeks to raise $250,000 in a two-year Technology Campaign. This funding is in addition to the amount the Foundation has designated for scholarships and classroom grants and will complete the technology upgrades initiated with operating and bond issue dollars to make Chrome Books available to all high school students.
The Technology Campaign is an exciting technology partnership with the Strongsville City School District that will provide funds to purchase Chrome Books for use by Strongsville’s high school students. Among other things, these laptop-type devices allow students and classroom teachers to work collaboratively on projects and access information and share documents on the web. The Chrome Books will be used year after year by Strongsville high school students.
“The Foundation is pleased to partner with the Strongsville schools to support student excellence. Access to Chrome Books will help students become more familiar with technology that will become an essential part of their current and future education and careers, “ said Walter Ehrnfelt III, former foundation president. Ehrnfelt continues, “This is an ambitious goal for our Foundation. We will be meeting a critical need for our high school students. While our elementary and middle school students are on a program to receive access to Chrome Books, our high school has not been allocated funding for this type of purchase.”
To help raise money for the Chrome Books, the Foundation is kicking off a special two-year Technology Campaign that was launched at the SEF Strawberry Booth at the Strongsville City Club Rib Burnoff in June. “The reason our campaign is a two-year fundraising effort is that the high school is not equipped to incorporate approximately 2000 networked devices,” says Foundation Executive Director Linda Mahoney. “By the 2016-2017 school year, technology infrastructure at the high school will be upgraded to allow for state of art networking. We want our students to have the equipment they need when that happens.”
While the Foundation has served students for 30 years, its board and volunteers continue to build for the future of Strongsville City School’s students.
“The Strongsville Education Foundation is one of the best kept secrets in town,” says Michael Kalinich, Foundation president. “Because our community so strongly and consistently supports our students, the Foundation has successfully raised and distributed more than $500,000 to provide classroom grants, district wide programming and scholarships. Now it is time for us to step forward and ask the community to support a Technology Campaign that will allow every high school student access to a Chrome Book. This important campaign will support the continuing effort to meet the educational mandates for electronic access to learning tools.”
For more information please call Linda Mahoney, Executive Director at 651-442-3281 or Brian Jungeberg, Campaign Chair at 440-260-1002.
Strongsville Education Foundation