By Jennifer Weber

The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation (SGCEF) presented the SGI Technology and Engineering Program with a $30,000 grant in support of their purchase of a specialized CNC laser, which will be used across the technology, art and business curriculum at the school.

The CNC Laser will allow students to make and prototype their designs to an extremely precise level and can cut through different materials like woods, plastics and cardboard and engrave on other materials, like glass and anodized aluminum.

The funds for this grant were raised at the SGCEF annual wine tasting event held in November 2017.

“The CNC laser is a great stepping stone for students who are interested in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) tooling like CNC router, Mills and 3D printers,” stated Jon Shelley, SGI Technology Engineering Teacher.  “Within these areas there are some awesome fields that students could utilize these skills and we sincerely thank the SGCEF for helping us secure this piece of equipment for our students.”

SGCEF is dedicated to providing funding for educational programs, facilities and activities that enhance and expand opportunities for students and the communities served by the school district.

With over a decade of community support, the SGCEF, through their grant programs, has supported local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, Springville Rails to Trails, Concord Historical Society Heritage Building, The Children’s League, Mercy Flight of WNY, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and many others.

In addition to the major grant award recipients, the foundation also awards several mini-grants to individuals and organizations in the Springville community for projects that fulfill that mission.

The SGCEF mini-grant program seeks out projects that provide a significant and defined benefit to target beneficiaries, and represent a new, or rethinking of an existing community initiative.

Applications are now available for individuals and organizations interested in applying for a SGEF mini-grant in the amount of $250- $1,499. The application can be found online at or requested by emailing Steve Vanuga, SGCEF President at Deadline to apply is April 30.

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