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Win BIG and make a profound difference for students in need of financial assistance with audiology needs. Purchase a raffle ticket or donate today.

Twenty years ago, Caleb and Melanie shed tears of joy as Malachi experienced the world anew through sound. Your contribution to the Arbeiter Gift of Sound fundraiser can help transform the lives of students like Malachi, enabling them to thrive and reach their full potential.

On June 13, 2024 we will celebrate at the exclusive CityPark Stadium, home of the St. Louis City Soccer Club. The Starfish Award honors those individuals who ignite profound change through seemingly small yet impactful deeds.

Each year, we carefully select up to 20 high school students who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities to participate in a transformative year of training. Applications accepted through 2/20/24.

SEF's Kid-to-Camp program offers valuable financial assistance to families served by the Special School District for Spring and Summer camp.

Special Education Foundation announces the inaugural Starfish Awards, powered by SEF’s Women Leaders. We recognize those who make a difference, one individual at a time!

The urgency for financial assistance for students with audiology needs is escalating rapidly. This is where your support becomes crucial.

SEF recognizes Children’s’ Authors and Illustrators’ week. Several new children’s books are claiming honors alongside the famed Newbery and Caldecott Medals for featuring storylines focused on the experiences of those with disabilities.

Through grants and private donations, the Special Education Foundation is able to provide funding (where tax dollars stop) for teacher's innovative classroom projects.

We share with you a significant milestone that reflects our commitment to transparency and accountability – the successful completion of our 2023 Annual Report and Audit.

SEF organizes an annual fundraiser to honor Dianne Arbeiter's commitment and to help the students she served.

As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening and diversifying our leadership, we are pleased to welcome Allen Palmquist Jr. and Eugene Toombs IV to the SEF family.

The Kid-to-Camp program offers financial assistance to parents/guardians of children served by the Special School District. This program ensures that your child can attend camp during breaks in the school year.

We're on the lookout for high school students with leadership potential to participate on a transformative year of training.

Thirteen year-old Ellen Ruckmann-Bruch has won Honolulu Waldorf School’s annual spelling bee two years in a row. That she’s done all of these things and more with Down syndrome makes her unique, at least in Hawaii.

Litzsinger School is this year’s winner of the SSD Schools Raffle Sales Competition for the 2023 Dan McLaughlin Charity Golf Tournament and Auction

The John Cary Scholarships are given to selected to graduating students who receive services from the Special School District of St. Louis County

SEF launches news website with new look and added features

2023 was a fantastic year as we helped nearly 6,000 students through our various programs. But there’s still so much more for us to do to help students succeed in and out of the classroom, and we’re excited about what’s ahead for us in 2024.

SEF is providing 10 sponsorships for high school students to build leadership skills and learn about governmental policy, the implications of democracy, and the power of the individual vote through real-world simulations.

High school students demonstrating leadership potential are chosen to undergo a year’s leadership course

SEF looks back at the past twelve months and the impact of our efforts to help students with disabilities in St. Louis County

SEF awards five college scholarships to selected students pursuing post-secondary education

Final Days of the Critical Needs Coat Drive

The Special School District Announces New Superintendent

SEF's Adaptive & Assistive Equipment program helps students with disabilities

The Five Graces, inspiring words from Gary Burnison

One of the joys is seeing the individual impact of what we do on the lives of students with disabilities in St. Louis County. I hope you’ll help make a difference during this Season of Giving by donating today.

The Fred Saigh Leadership Academy highlights their visits to Delmar DevINe, Artists First, and County Executive Sam Page's office.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have mapped the microscopic world of autism spectrum disorder in unprecedented detail, pointing toward possible therapies for a subset of patients who have specific genetic mutations, according to a new study.

Applications for the John Cary Scholarship are being accepted through January 26, 2024.

Now through January 5, 2024, your monetary donation can provide those in need with winter coats.

Since its inception, Sign of the Arrow has donated over $4 million to more than 200 local charities.

Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the advancements schools have achieved in delivering a supportive and high-quality education to an increasingly diverse student body.

Classroom Innovation Grants help support students.

Recognizing the importance of filling the educational gap during school breaks, the Special Education Foundation offers support with its Kid-to-Camp program.

A summary of the Fred Saigh Leadership Academy's most recent day of activities.

The Special Education Foundation is now accepting applications for John Cary Scholarships.

This is a week to honor students, educators, and parents as SEF celebrates American Education Week (AEW).

The Special Education Foundation joins the worldwide movement celebrating National Philanthropy Day on November 15.

A new analysis comparing everything from the cost of living to health care and the effectiveness of state Medicaid programs has named St. Louis the 4th best place for people with disabilities to live in the U.S.

The Special School District Family and Community Engagement’s (FACE) next Family Cafe is on November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the North Tech High School Library.

SEF’s Kid-to-Camp program provides financial assistance to families of children served by the Special School District so they can attend camp during these breaks in the school year. Campership funds are awarded based on financial need and student benefit.

The Special Education Foundation (SEF) realizes a teacher’s budget is limited. So, each year, SEF provides SSD teachers and teacher-level staff with funds to implement innovative educational projects that tax dollars are unable to support.

Right now, the Special Education Foundation is partnering with the Special School District of St. Louis County on the Critical Needs Coat Drive, where we’re raising money to buy coats for students this winter.

Join the Special School District’s Family Academy event on Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Sponsors and volunteers help make the Dan McLaughlin Charity Golf Tournament and Auction a great success!

Ensuring a secure and enjoyable Halloween experience is a significant responsibility for parents and community members involved in holiday celebrations.

The Special Education Foundation is partnering again this fall with the Special School District on the Critical Needs Coat Drive. Last year, we raised $6,000 to buy new coats, gloves, and hats for SSD students across St. Louis County.

Last Friday, the Fred Saigh Leadership Academy visited the Buzz Westfall Justice Center, touring parts of the jail as they learned about how the system works.

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