SEF Welcomes a Student Voice to Its Board
The Suffolk Education Foundation board of directors is excited to welcome a new voice to the conversation for the 2021-22 school year.
Noelle Ingram, a junior in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at King’s Fork High School, will join the board
offering insight on how the Education Foundation can better serve the students.
“Our primary purpose is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of Suffolk Public Schools,” said SEF President Patrick
Belcher. “Our bylaws require representation from the superintendent’s office and the School Board. There have also
been former educators and members of the community. The board recognizes the value a student member would bring
to our discussions.”
The Foundation followed an open application process, searching for a student representative from among rising juniors
and seniors in one of the city's public high schools. Candidates had to demonstrate good character, a 3.0+ GPA, and
recommendations from a community member and a school staff member. The top candidates participated in a panel
interview with current members of the board. The appointment will be for one year beginning in July, and can be
renewed for one year.
“We had an amazing pool of candidates for our first student in this role!” Belcher shared.
Ms. Ingram is also a member of the King’s Fork High School field hockey and tennis teams, and the National Honor Society. She works with the Hope for Suffolk program on their farm and social media team. She is also a member of GLOW (Growing Ladies Obtaining Womanhood) mentoring program, where she does community service each month serving youth and homeless families. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and the acoustic guitar as well as reading fiction books. After graduation, Ms. Ingram’s plans to study law for a career as a media lawyer.
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 Suffolk Education Foundation has returned nearly $1 million dollars to Suffolk Public Schools.
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. By supporting Suffolk Public Schools, the Foundation is ensuring that the Suffolk community will have talented leaders and citizens long into the future.