Sahuarita Educational Enrichment Foundation (SEEF)
Education & Libraries
The Sahuarita Unified School District Educational Enrichment Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established in 2003 with the mission of enriching the educational opportunities in the Sahuarita Unified School District (SUSD) and throughout the community. The Foundation works closely with SUSD administration to enhance the programs and offerings available to students in the district and promote educational excellence.
The Foundation supports teacher mini grants, college scholarships, the preschool program at Sopori, the LINK before and after school care program, and the Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program, as well as provides resources for educational needs that are not covered by the district’s regular budget. Most recently, the Foundation raised money to support special initiatives including SHS Band uniform fundraising, the district’s automotive program, Anza Trail student participation in National History Day, and recess equipment and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) signage at the new Copper View Elementary School.
Currently, the Foundation is working to improve its long-term sustainability. As public school funding in Arizona has dramatically declined in recent years, the need for the Foundation’s support in fundraising and building relationships with organizations supportive of public education has become increasingly important. We are currently working to ensure the Foundation’s success and longevity by establishing and building endowment funding for our organization, establishing a signature annual fundraising event, and developing an alumni network.
Teacher Mini Grants
Since 2011, SUSD teachers have been invited to apply for up to $250 for special projects that enrich student learning. Teachers often spend hundreds of dollars per year out of pocket in their classrooms. The Foundation wants to not only help alleviate this financial burden, but, more importantly, help teachers carryout their innovative ideas to improve student learning. In the 2012-13 school year, the Foundation was able to fund nineteen classroom projects including the purchase of books, classroom technology equipment and software, science equipment, and supplies for science and cooking projects. These grants directly affected more than fifteen hundred students in our district, and most of these purchases are reusable learning aides and technology that can be used for many years to come. This is money that goes directly into the classroom, with every penny spent determined by the creativity and experience of our teachers.
Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded more than $25,000 dollars to 33 graduating seniors to help in their pursuit of higher education. The Foundation considers financial need, academic merit, and community service in its selection process. Scholarships are awarded each May and applications can be obtained at the high school guidance office.
The Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program
The Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program provides ESL, (English as a Second Language), Citizenship preparation, and GED test preparation to the underserved adult population of southern Pima County.
The Sopori Preschool program provides high quality, comprehensive early childhood services to improve literacy and parent support in the community.
The L.I.N.K. Program provides after school care, before school care, an all day four year program and a summer program to families in the community.
Please contact us to learn about volunteer opportunities.