Our Mission

The Shelter Island Educational Foundation pursues, creates and provides excellent educational opportunities that enhance, inspire and broaden the horizons of our children and the community.

The Foundation seeks to go beyond the boundaries of local school district budgetary obligations and geographic isolation, augmenting the resources of individual teachers, family and community, and nourishing our unique island heritage. In examining the many possibilities for enrichment opportunities, the Foundation is focused on those areas that help our children chart a productive course from their own abundant shores to the boundless world of knowledge and understanding.

The History

Inspired by the vision of former Shelter Island School District Superintendent, Dr. Lydia
Axelrod, the Shelter Island Educational Foundation was formed in July, 1995. The focus
for the fïrst two years was a positive reinforcement initiative. The copyrighted program,
Project Excel, was implemented to help support families in their efforts to educate their
children on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Building on the success of this fïrst project, the Foundation was reorganized with an
expanded mission and Board of Directors and augmented with Community and School
Advisory Committees.

In examining the many possibilities for enrichment opportunities, the Foundation is
focused on those areas that help our children chart a productive course from their own
abundant shores to the boundless world of knowledge and understanding.