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HFEE Kicks off 2023-24 Season with Grant Requests and Honoree Nominations

Following a successful fundraising gala in March 2023, which raised over $25,000, the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education (HFEE), kicks off the 2023-24 school year with a call for Star Grant applications. Run by parent volunteers, the organization raises funds for innovative educational programs and/or equipment beyond state funding. Teachers and administrators can send their grant applications to the HFEE committee by Dec 15, 2023, via email at

Earlier this year, the organization awarded more than $38,000 to the Huntington School District to fund 14 grants. Here are just a few grants that were funded:

  • Huntington High School, Samsung presentation monitors for school guidance counselors to use when meeting with students and parents.
  • Huntington High School, scientific binocular microscopes designed for children of all abilities.
  • Huntington High School Band uniforms (in part)
  • Huntington High School, stage equipment and music chairs designated for all auditorium performances
  • Finley Middle School large format printer for Virtual Enterprise classes and other programs
  • Finley Middle School, Pen lathe and Write a Soldier Program
  • Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School, Different Roads to Learning alternatives to desks and chairs to support all types of learners.

HFEE Kicks off 2023-24 Season with Grant Requests and Honoree NominationsMore recently, HFEE President, Jennifer Stevens, caught up with last year’s honorees, Mr. Robert Gilmor and Rev. Kimberly Gambino, to deliver memento photos books from the HFEE Gala. They were touched by beautiful photos and messages of congratulations from friends, colleagues and family members that were captured through HFEE’s “30 for $30” program.

“It was a thrill to see Mr. Gilmor and Rev. Kim’s eyes light up as they looked through the books and read the messages of congratulations and thanks for all that they do for the Huntington community,” said Jennifer Stevens, HFEE president. “We are starting the search for our 2024 honorees now and look forward to strong field of candidates.”

HFEE will hold its annual Reach for the Stars Gala in March of 2024 and is currently seeking nominations for 2024 honorees. Please submit your recommendations here by December 15.

The board selects an honoree from the school district who has made a major impact on the schools and the students of Huntington.

HFEE Kicks off 2023-24 Season with Grant Requests and Honoree Nominations

The district honoree could be a teacher, an administrator, guidance counselor or staff member within District 3. HFEE also honors a community member from the town of Huntington — someone who has had a significant and positive effect on the Huntington community and has demonstrated support of the town, our schools and/or the student population. The only exclusion: the nominee cannot be a current Board of Education member or an elected town official.

Recent honorees include Robert Gilmor, Dean of Students at Huntington High School, (District Honoree 2023); Rev. Kimberly Gambino, President of the Helping Hand Rescue Mission (Community Honoree 2023); Superintendent James Polansky (District Honoree 2022); and Dr. James Paci (Community Honoree 2022).

HFEE was incorporated in November 1993 and is celebrating 30 years of supporting the Huntington School District. Current Board members: Jennifer Stevens, President; Meghan Knieriem, CFO; Vice President of Development, Tara Poli; Vice President of Marketing/PR, Jennifer Tullo Skorbela; Secretary, Gina Leiter. Volunteers: Jen Biancardo, Kelly Donovan, Liz Mathews, Kim Einemann, Jen Hebert, Michele Sabatino, Janina Luca, Allison Von Vange, Amanda Sturges, Kim O’Toole, Kacey Knauer, Liz Carecchia, and Marian Manu.

For more information, visit the HFEE website.