The view from ‘Windswept,’ the home of Julia and Edward Brennan, who will host the Porch Party.
The Shelter Island Educational Foundation will host its 9th annual Porch Party on Saturday, July 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at “Windswept,” the Silver Beach home of Julia and Edward Brennan. Featuring wines donated by Laura Maniec Fiorvanti of Cork Buzz paired with cheeses for tasting from Reeve Andrew and Jessie King of King Andrew Cheese and other delicacies, the event provides a chance to chat with friends, enjoy the evening, and support this organization so central to the life of our community.
What do students who visited the ballet, sailed up the coast on a schooner and lived with host families in Spain have in common? Like many others, they were last year’s recipients of grants from the Shelter Island Educational Foundation.
Find out more about how this group supports the school and community at SIEF’s annual meeting on Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m in the school auditorium and celebrate their achievements and experiences.
The audience will learn how two students were funded to attend a theatre workshop, young playwrights were encouraged, support helped out the school’s Sailing Club, and how a field trip to Manhattan was made possible for the Island’s Girl Scouts.
Students were not the only beneficiaries. The Perlman Music Program applied for and received a grant, as did the Shelter Island Library and the school’s Special Education Department.
Refreshments will be served in the school’s atrium outside the auditorium following the program.
DONALD D’AMATO PHOTO | Many recipients of SIEF grants spoke, including a group of 3rd and 4th graders who read the pieces they wrote with the help of mentors in the 2Rs4Fun program: Justine Karen, Jamie Lenzer, Lily Garrison, Liam Adipietro and Paul Murphy.
“It was probably the best week of my life.” “It was seven days of nonstop experiences.” “We weren’t just sitting in a classroom learning. We were experiencing it.”
These are just some of the comments delivered at the annual meeting of the Shelter Island Educational Foundation (SIEF) on Saturday, November 13 at the Chequit. The speakers — Senior Henry Read, 8th grader Tom Card and 6th grader Julia Labrozzi — were just a few of the many recipients of SIEF grants who came to the meeting to share the lessons they learned thanks to the foundation.
The programs the students described ranged from a trip to New York City to see the Nutcracker, to individual People-to-People student ambassador programs to a week of learning on a schooner and competing in the school Sailing Club. The list goes on and will soon grow – — a new cycle of grants will be awarded soon.
The foundation also recognized outgoing board member Sue Binder for her eight years of service. New President Lynne Colligan had a gift and kind words for outgoing President Phil DiOrio.
Applications will be available again this spring for students, teachers and organizations seeking funds to participate in educational opportunities that enhance, inspire and broaden the horizons of children and others in the Shelter Island community.