The Suffolk Education Foundation is proud to announce its financial support of the following classroom

instructional programs that could have impacted more than 3,700 students during this school year.  

With SPS being virtual for the first half of 2020-21, it will affect implementation of many projects.

Each year, the foundation invites instructors at all schools within the school system to apply for funding

up to $2,000 for projects at their schools. The 15 projects selected for funding demonstrate the inno-

vation of our teachers and their commitment to engage students in the classroom. The Suffolk Education

Foundation has funded more than $325,000 in instructional grants over the years.

The Suffolk Education Foundation is excited to support the innovation and creativity of the dedicated

teachers in Suffolk Public Schools. The support of the community makes these grant’s possible.


  • Biomedical Genetic Engineering & Behavioral Science Projects – Lakeland High School
    … Sarah McDonald,  $1,000

  • Strumming Through Our SOLs with Ukuleles -- Nansemond Parkway Elementary School
    …Karen Waddell, $1,000

  • Gaming our Way to CS First – Florence Bowser Elementary School … Jennifer Podruchny, $1,000

  • Updating the Vocational Evaluation Center – College & Career Academy at Pruden
    … Laura Hickman, $1,810

  • Let’s Talk (special needs communication devices) – King’s Fork High School … Lori Wilson, $1,858

  • Math Game-A-Thon – Col. Fred Cherry Middle School … Patricia Waegerle, $800

  • Teacher Tool Kit for Early Childhood Education program - College and Career Academy at Pruden … Rhonda Culpepper, $1,500

  • Concert Uniforms for Instrumental Performances -  King's Fork Middle School … Sara Jordan, $1,000

  • Virginia Trekkers Program -- Kilby Shores Elementary School … Austin Kulp, $1,776

  • Handwriting without Tears – Creekside Elementary School … Danielle Hare, $1,050

  • Reading Across the Curriculum – King’s Fork Middle School … David Haeberle, $422

  • SCOPE of student literacy – John F. Kennedy Middle School … Emma Neave, $1,649

  • E-Books to Diversity Library Titles – Nansemond Parkway Elementary School … Tosha Penkrot, $1,000

  • Grow a Pizza & Ice Cream Social – Florence Bowser Elementary School … Stephanie Morris, $110

  • Earth Origin, Rocks and Geologic Time – King’s Fork High School … Kristy Suttle, $2,000


A committee makes awards following an application process and review. The committee includes members of the Suffolk Education Foundation’s board of directors and volunteers. Selection criteria include academic impact on the most students, collaboration with other programs, and potential for sustainability.

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of Suffolk Public School students, you can make a contribution to the Suffolk Education Foundation online at or by mailing your tax-deductible donation to P.O. Box 394, Suffolk VA 23439-0394. Donations are accepted in honor or memory of individuals or in direct support of other initiatives like dual enrollment courses, AP test fees, and of course, scholarships.


The Suffolk Education Foundation (SEF) was founded in 1993 and received its IRS 501(c)(3) status in the same year. Since that time, the board has worked hard by developing a variety of fundraisers to raise additional donations and to ensure that students and staff of Suffolk Public Schools receive scholarships and classroom grants on an annual basis.


The mission of the Suffolk Education Foundation is to support Suffolk Public Schools by connecting the community’s talents and resources to expand educational opportunities for students and staff. Over the past 20 years, Foundation investment assets have grown to more than $500,000. By supporting Suffolk Public Schools, the Foundation is ensuring that the Suffolk community will have talented leaders and citizens long into the future.

Foundation awards nearly $18,000

in Instructional Grants for 2020-21

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