By Lisa Capobianco
Town residents sported their favorite athletic gear at the Southington Education Foundation’s fifth annual Fan of the Foundation Gala last month.
With a theme of “Tailgate at the Turf,” attendees wore their favorite sports jerseys and t-shirts while eating tailgate-style appetizers and entrees at the Aquaturf. The gala will also featured the new STEM University Lounge, a dorm-style reclining area that has a pinball game and a professional photographer to take photos of all attendees.
“There was a tremendous outpouring of support in education,” said SEF Chair Dawn Miceli. “Our students truly are the town’s biggest asset.”
Besides the new STEM University Lounge, the event featured live entertainment from local DJ Butch Gray along with an auction that offered unique items including a pin ball machine and an electric guitar. Miceli said students had the opportunity to win “Principal of the Day,” “Gym Teacher of the Day,” and “Superintendent of the Day.”
Eighth grader Julia Kahl, the daughter of Principal Marilyn Kahl of Kelley Elementary School, will soon take the role of principal for a day at DePaolo Middle School. With the assistance of Principal Frank Pepe, Julia will spend the day completing lesson observations, checking the building, and performing an emergency drill. She will also have the opportunity to invite a friend along.
“I am very excited about spending the day with Mr. Pepe, and to see what he does on a daily basis,” Julia said.
All proceeds at the gala benefit the Southington school district, and Miceli said SEF has raised more than $30,000 to instill a love of learning into the classrooms.
Currently, the SEF has warded nearly $100,000 to local classroom initiatives that increase educational opportunities. The SEF has also started a new initiative with its long-term commitment to advancing STEM education within the entire school district.
“SEF gives so much to our schools—it is nice to give back to them,” said Principal Marilyn Kahl.
For more photos of the SEF gala, please see the Southington Scene on page 19.