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The Southside School Foundation for the Arts ensures cultural and enrichment learning opportunities to all Southside students at every grade level.  Learning through and about ALL the arts in an elementary setting is an essential part of a complete education.

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T: (941) 361-6420

E: support@southsidefoundation.org

© 2023 by SSFA
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brian Hersh 

President

Rachael Feldman

Vice President

Kevin Vale

Vice President

Marina Parkin

Treasurer

 Alisha Byrne

Secretary 
Danielle Sobolewski

Teacher Liaison

Sarah Checcone
Patricia Dore

Talia Famiglio

Eric Fenton

Jidane Gharma

Rebecca Abrahamson

Megan Micale

Charlotte Osterman

Dara Spiro 

Montana Taplinger

Melissa Whitehurst

Hilary Yunis

Jennifer Nzeza

Principal, Southside Elementary

ex offico

MISSION

The Southside School Foundation for the Arts ensures cultural and enrichment learning opportunities to all Southside students at every grade level.  Learning through and about ALL the arts in an elementary setting is an essential part of a complete education.

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

ALL THE ARTS FOR ALL THE KIDS

 As our mission states, learning through and about ALL the arts in an elementary  setting is an essential part of a complete education. SSFA  does this through reaching out to Southside families and our extended community to raise the funds needed in order to  provide a complete arts education for the 700+ students that annually attend Southside Elementary School.

 

How do we do this? Fundraising! Our major fundraising activities are our annual Sponsorship Partners. Benefits from those Sponsorship packages include: the school car line,  Webber Street and U.S. 41 sign sales;  an  evening adult-only spring event; and our spring theatrical production featuring Southside Elementary students  performing at Booker High School through our exciting new partnership with their VPA program.  We also have an amazing “friendraiser”  with our Fall Family Movie Night.

 

These activities/events provide funds for the dance program instructor, while  the school district provides the funding for the music, visual art and drama teachers. SSFA also funds the spring production and manages the audience interfacing side of the production, as well as meets needs the District can't for the Arts teachers' supplies, equipment, instruments, etc. 

The SSFA is recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt 501c(3) organization, and is classified as a public charity under 
section 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi) of the IRS code and pursuant to Chapter 212 of Florida Statutes. Contributions to SSFA are 
tax deductible. Our board of directors is comprised of the principal of Southside Elementary, Jennifer Nzeza (ex 
officio), and parents of current Southside Elementary Students- many of whom are professionals in our greater Sarasota community. The need for volunteers, committee chairs and board members is always there and we welcome all who would like to participate 

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