~ Who We Are

The Sahuarita Unified School District Educational Enrichment Foundation

Keeping Kids First by enriching the educational opportunities in our district and throughout the community.

Teachers and S.E.E.F. April 26,2017 SUSD #30 Board Presentation 

350 W. Sahuarita Rd
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
machernoski@gmail.com or SEEF@sahuarita.net
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Board of Directors

President - Mac Chernoski - machernoski@gmail.com
Vice President - Tim Campbell - tcampbell@crown-arizona.com
Secretary - Deb Kutina - dkutina@gmail.com
Treasurer - Fran Jaeger - fjaeger46@gmail.com
Member - Tom Burns - burnstom@aol.com
Member - Jeff Herndon - jherndon3@cox.net
Member - Travis Goeden - dlouhane@yahoo.com
Member - Janet Spooner - jspooner@sahuarita.net
Member - Jane Lateer - jane.lateer@gmail.com

Executive Director Emeritus  -  Dr. Jay C. St. John



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The Sahuarita Unified School District Educational Enrichment Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established in 2003 with the mission of enriching the educational opportunities in the Sahuarita Unified School District (SUSD) and throughout the community. The Foundation works closely with SUSD administration to enhance the programs and offerings available to students in the district and promote educational excellence.

The Foundation supports teacher mini grants, college scholarships, the preschool program at Sopori, the LINK before and after school care program, and the Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program, as well as provides resources for educational needs that are not covered by the district’s regular budget. Most recently, the Foundation facilitated in raising money to support special initiatives including: Anza Trail's fundraising efforts for band uniforms, Walden Grove's student council summer training program, Anza Trail and SPS A+ School of Excellence spirit shirts, SIS emergency kit supplies, Copper View's Lego robotic kits, SMS after school sewing program, collaboration with Sopori's preschool program, and SHS media technology.

Currently, the Foundation is working to improve its long-term sustainability. As public school funding in Arizona has dramatically declined in recent years, the need for the Foundation’s support in fundraising and building relationships with organizations supportive of public education has become increasingly important. We are currently working to ensure the Foundation’s success and longevity by establishing and building endowment funding for our organization, establishing a signature annual fundraising event, developing an alumni network, endowments, legacies, and bequests through our partnership with the Greater Green Valley Community Fund. Please contact Mac Chernoski at machernoski@gmail.com for more information.


Teacher Mini Grants

Beginning in 2015, SUSD#30 teachers have been invited to apply for up to $500 for special projects that enrich student learning. Teachers often spend hundreds of dollars per year out of pocket in their classrooms.  The Foundation wants to not only help alleviate this financial burden, but, more importantly, help teachers carryout their innovative ideas to improve student learning. In the 2014-15 school year, the Foundation was able to fund nineteen classroom projects including the purchase of books, classroom technology equipment and software, science equipment, and supplies for science and cooking projects. These grants directly affected more than fifteen hundred students in our district, and most of these purchases are reusable learning aides and technology that can be used for many years to come. This is money that goes directly into the classroom, with every penny spent determined by the creativity and experience of our teachers.

College Scholarships

Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded more than $35,000 dollars to graduating seniors to help in their pursuit of higher education. The Foundation considers financial need, academic merit, and community service in its selection process. Scholarships are awarded each May and applications can be obtained at the high school guidance office.

The Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program

The Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program provides ESL, (English as a Second Language), Citizenship preparation, and GED test preparation to the underserved adult population of southern Pima County. Its mission is to work with the underserved adult population of southern Pima County offering: 4 levels of English as a second Language (ESL), Citizenship Prep, and GED mentoring. The program has approximately 40 volunteer tutors and/or advisory board members. SUSD #30 provides facilities and utilities for the program. 

Sopori Preschool

The Sopori Preschool program provides high quality, comprehensive early childhood services to improve literacy and parent support in the community. Programs include the 5 star rated “First Things First” Sopori’s pre school, “Stay and play” sessions from birth to five years, and “Make Way for Books.” 


The L.I.N.K Program is a licensed childcare program that offers before school care (depending on site) and after school care at all SUSD elementary schools from dismissal till 5:30 pm. L.I.N.K. also provides an all day child-care program for 4 year olds and a full day summer program. Its mission is to provide quality childcare at an affordable price to as many families in our community in need of childcare. They strive to create a safe, welcoming environment with learning experiences for all students. 

Amber Woods,
Dec 11, 2015, 9:26 AM