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Join us as we come together to honor, celebrate, and uplift those who make a difference in the lives of others.

Throughout its history, the Dan McLaughlin Charity Golf Tournament has been a beacon of hope, raising over $5 million for the Special Education Foundation.

Whether you have a few hours a week or can dedicate more time, there’s a volunteer role for everyone at SEF.

Together with families from across the District, we came together to applaud the John Cary Scholarship recipients and SSD Rosemary Zander awards, celebrating all for their outstanding achievements.

Let's rally together to ensure that every student, especially those in special education, has the essentials they need to thrive in school.

Excitement is building as we prepare to honor the extraordinary individuals who have significantly impacted the lives of students with disabilities.

We invite you to join us as we come together to celebrate our winners’ achievements and uplift the spirit of inclusivity and support.

The Fred Saigh Leadership Academy Class of 2024’s graduation on May 1 was a remarkable evening filled with inspiration and pride.

Today is the day that St. Louis comes together for the amazing nonprofits in the area.

SEF is helping students with disabilities achieve greater independence by focusing on social skill development and expanding meaningful life aspirations.

The Starfish Awards celebrate the efforts of those who make a difference to students supported by the Special School District of St. Louis County.

The SEF staff, SEF board members, our Women Leaders, and friends of the foundation embarked on a journey to each winner's school to deliver the thrilling news in person

We invite you to witness the ripple effect of kindness, compassion, and unwavering commitment at the Starfish Awards.

U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration is offering $236 million in grants as part of its most significant investment ever in its Disability Innovation Fund program.

Central to our ability to fulfill this mission are the dedicated volunteers who selflessly contribute their time, energy, and passion to our cause.

Dan’s charity event stands as the largest fundraiser for the Special Education Foundation. Whether you’re a golfer, a sponsor, or an auction enthusiast, your participation directly impacts the lives of students with disabilities.

Your donation to SEF will directly contribute to the purchase of hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, and other essentials.

Henry Becker is the recipient of Lindbergh’s Most Inspirational Senior Award! This award goes to a student who has been most inspiring to the teachers and students at Lindbergh High School (LHS).

The Special Education Foundation extends numerous opportunities to students served by the Special School District (SSD) through SEF Presents: Arts in the Classroom program.

By joining as a sponsor for the Starfish Awards, your company will play a pivotal role in bringing this event to life and supporting the vital programs and initiatives of the Special Education Foundation.

Supported by SEF, the Smoothies for Wellness project aims to provide young adults in the program with valuable opportunities to develop and apply vocational, social, and healthy living skills.

SEF extends heartfelt gratitude to EACH AND EVERYONE who generously donated and purchased raffle tickets!

By understanding and increasing their social skills development, students can better equip themselves for school and other meaningful life aspirations, fostering a sense of hope and optimism for their future.

SEF is on a mission to raise funds to provide hearing aids for children in dire need.

SEF is looking for more high school students to apply for next year’s Fred Saigh Leadership Academy.

Join us as we shine a spotlight on 10 extraordinary individuals who embody the essence of the starfish parable, each making a profound impact on students with disabilities supported by the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD).

SEF is committed to helping to bridge the academic gap by providing financial support and encouragement for children served by the Special School District with our Kid-to-Camp program.

At this year's golf tournament, sponsors can look forward to exciting new perks that will not only enhance their involvement in the event but also contribute to making a positive impact in the lives of students supported by the Special School District.

Registration is now open for sponsorships and golf spots for the 22nd Annual Dan McLaughlin Charity Golf Tournament and Auction.

SEF looks for those high school students to embark on a transformative journey that will expand horizons and shape their lives as future leaders.

In honor of the late Superintendent John Cary, the Special Education Foundation established the John Cary Scholarship program to select those who reflect the characteristics most admired by him.

SEF is able to support a broad spectrum of disciplines, including visual arts, music, theater, and dance through our Arts in the Classroom, Classroom Innovation Grants and Principal Grants programs.

By providing grants and resources to implement innovative classroom projects, we help empower educators, and enhance learning outcomes.

The Starfish Awards fundraiser is powered by SEF’s Women Leaders, a group with a steadfast dedication to empowering educators and enhancing educational opportunities for students with disabilities.

The 22nd Annual Dan McLaughlin Charity Golf Tournament and Auction is set to return at the prestigious Norwood Hills Country Club on October 14th, 2024. This event promises a day filled with excitement, camaraderie, and the joy of giving back in support of students with disabilities.

The Special Education Foundation's Kid-to-Camp program is designed to help more kids with disabilities to attend area camps during spring, summer and winter breaks in the school year.

The Special School District’s FACE (Family and Community Engagement) program offers a diverse array of virtual and in-person workshops, family networking sessions, and resource sessions.

A classroom has been converted into a simulated apartment to boost life skills. This simulated apartment is designed to provide a realistic and engaging environment where students can gain practical experience in essential daily living skills

This event is a celebration of compassion, dedication, and the transformative power of education. As we gear up for another memorable evening, we invite you to join us as a sponsor and be part of this inspiring event that uplifts our community.

SEF has an incredible opportunity to sponsor students to embark on an exciting journey that will hone leadership skills and immerse them in the world of governmental policy.

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.