M. Elaine Tefft who established the Foundation seventeen years ago, and her late husband Stanton E. Tefft.
In 2005, I decided to carry on with the work
my late husband and I had been doing.
The mechanism I chose was to establish a
Foundation. The Tefft Foundation became
a 501C(3) in 2013. Prior to that year, it was
funded entirely from my personal funds.
The primary function of the Foundation
is the preservation of our culture and
heritage. We do that primarily by
supporting and recognizing seniors in
nine New Hampshire schools who act
to preserve and promote jazz music,
civil rights and track & field sports.
Stan and I devoted substantial time, effort
and resources to those areas. The Foundation
maintains that focus wherever there is some
aspect of our culture and heritage that is
threatened. That has resulted in awards
being given in New Hampshire, Louisiana
Seth Baylus who graduated from Merrimack High received the 2022 Tefft Foundation Award for his efforts in track and field. He devoted substantial time helping and coaching his teammates and officiating at meets. He not only demonstrated his passion for the sport but also his passion to help others succeed along with him. He is the first winner that I have seen run in an event - on television during the six o'clock news.
Currently, there are 33 lesson plans available nationwide FREE to K-12 featuring videos and support materials including outlines of educational standards, lessons, and how to evaluate that lesson. Making this content accessible and inclusive, the Preservation Hall Foundation, offers several Webinars specifically addressing the needs of teachers of students with disabilities as well as the students.
The Board voted unanimously to include seniors from Gilford High School in Gilford, NH to the list of schools. Colton Workman, a graduate of Gilford High was the first winner of the Preservation of American Heritage Award.
7 - CIVIL RIGHTS
12 - JAZZ MUSIC
12 - TRACK & FIELD
1 - PRESERVATION OF OUR HERITAGE