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 The Huntington Foundation donated $23,000 to fund ten grants.
April 11, 2024

Huntington Foundation Donates Funds for Grants

The Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education has donated $23,460 to the Huntington School District to fund ten grant proposals submitted by faculty members.

 HFEE President Jennifer Stevens and School Board President Xavier Palacios flank Suzi Biagi.
April 5, 2024

Huntington Foundation Celebrates Public Education

Everyone loves a good party and the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education threw one at the Harbor Club at Prime, raising tens of thousands of dollars to support its mission and grant programs in support of public education in Huntington UFSD.

 Tickets are available now for the Huntington Foundation's March gala at the Harbor Club at Prime.
February 2, 2024

Tickets on Sale for Huntington Foundation Gala

Thursday, March 21, 2024. Make note of the date. This year’s Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education’s Reach for the Stars gala at the Harbor Club at Prime promises to be an incredible evening in every respect. Planning for the affair is well underway and the demand for tickets is already running high.

 The Habor Club at Prime in Halesite will host the Huntington Foundation's Reach for the Stars gala (2)
January 30, 2024

Huntington Foundation to Honor Suzi Biagi at Gala

The Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education will honor Huntington High School business teacher and club advisor Suzi Biagi at the organization’s Reach for the Stars gala on Thursday, March 21 at the Harbor Club at Prime. Tickets will be available soon.

 The Huntinton Foundation is seeking grant applications and Spirit Award nominations. (Darin Reed photo (2)
November 21, 2023

Levis Villatoro Wins Huntington Foundation Scholarship

Levis Villatoro has been an inspiration to his classmates while simultaneously capturing the respect and affection of his teachers. The Huntington High School Class of 2023 member wants to be a teacher himself. The teenager is this year’s recipient of the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education’s $2,500 scholarship.

 Chief Financial Officer Meghan Knieriem presented the Huntington Foundation scholarship to Levi Villatoro.
July 24, 2023

Levis Villatoro Wins Huntington Foundation Scholarship

Levis Villatoro has been an inspiration to his classmates while simultaneously capturing the respect and affection of his teachers. The Huntington High School Class of 2023 member wants to be a teacher himself. The teenager is this year’s recipient of the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education’s $2,500 scholarship.


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About The Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education

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Huntington's Leading Non-Profit Organization

The Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education (HFEE) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for all students in the Huntington school district. Since its founding in June 1993, HFEE has enriched our schools through hundreds of mini-grants aimed at promoting innovation in the classroom as well as funding larger school- and district-wide initiatives through its Reach for the Stars Program. HFEE has also established a Greenkill Fund and a Field Trip Fund to provide financial assistance to students enabling them to participate in these activities. HFEE welcomes participation from all members of the school community. Please feel free to vistit HFEE's website at www.huntingtonfoundation.org

Educational Supporters

A volunteer group of education supporters who work with a board of directors to fund innovative and exciting educational opportunities for all children in the district. This funding affords our teachers access to educational programs that are not funded by the school budget. Often these new programs are then incorporated into the curriculum on an ongoing basis.

HFEE's Mission'

The Huntington Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of the Huntington Public Schools in education, the arts and athletics. From state-of-the-art technology and equipment to cutting-edge teaching techniques, the educator-generated grants we fund expand our students’ curriculum as well as their enthusiasm for learning.

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President's Message

Huntington High School alum Jennifer Stevens is the new president of the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education. The organization has been enriching the lives of students since its founding in 1993, donating more than $1 million for innovative programs and opportunities through the years.

Previously vice president of brand marketing at Oppenheimer Funds, where she oversaw the company’s philanthropy program, Ms. Stevens is a communications executive at VMware, a leading software company.

Ms. Stevens’ parents, Mark and Linda Stevens, where the very first recipients of HFEE’s Rising Star Award in 1993 for the couple’s fundraising efforts when the district was forced to enact an “austerity” budget following the defeat of the proposed spending plan.

A strong advocate for Huntington UFSD and its students and programs, Ms. Stevens has served as a PTA board members and class parent volunteer over the years. She has coached soccer, baseball and basketball teams in the community.

“The Foundation has worked extraordinarily hard through the years to support our schools and students and has clearly found the right person to carry the torch in succession,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “Jennifer Stevens not only possesses the know-how and experience, but also the Huntington spirit as part of all in which she engages. I am sure that she and her colleagues will help us continue to honor valued traditions, as well as facilitate the introduction of new initiatives moving forward.”

Ms. Stevens is the mother of Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School fifth grader Katherine Gooch and J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grader Graham Gooch.

HFEE Board Members
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Jennifer Stevens

President

  • Executive Board Members
  • President: Jennifer Stevens
  • CFO: Meghan Knieriem
  • VP of Grants: Jen Hebert
  • VP of Grant Administration : Jen Biancardo
  • Secretary: Michele Sabatino
  • VP of Public Relations/ Marketing: Jennifer Tullo
  • VP of Development: Tara Poli
  • Board Members
  • PTA Liaison: Liz Matthews
  • Graphic Design/ Marketing: Kim Einemann
  • Meeting Coordinator: Janine Luca
  • Gala Chairperson: Jen Biancardo
  • Gala Support: Gina Leiter
  • Marketing: Maryann Driscoll
  • Volunteer Members
  • Social Media: Kelly Donovan
  • Teacher liasion: Allison Von Vange
  • General Support: Kacey Knauer, Amanda Sturges, Kim O’Toole, and Liz Carecchia
  • Youth Board Members
  • Talia Addeo, McKenna Buffa, Daniella Luca and Anna Bell Young

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Challenging Academic Courses

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Interscholastic Athletic Teams

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