CEF Grants Awarded

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) is pleased to announce that we awarded over $13,600 in grants to the teachers and staff of the Chatham County Schools. That is over $2000 more than was awarded last year! CEF received 25 submissions totaling over $36,000. Grants were awarded in the following categories: Creative Teaching Grants and Media Center Grants.

The Chatham Education Foundation believes teacher success provides opportunities for sustainable, strong, and consistent classrooms. This, in turn, will help student engagement and success. Creative Teaching Grants are awarded to teachers or principals who seek to bring innovative ideas to their classroom, outside of their typical annual budget.

CEF awarded a wide variety of grants. A few of these include: Trebuchets!, Augmented Reality: a Topographic Map Sandbox, Sensory Paths and drums for Siler City Elementary, STEM activities to replace morning worksheets, , a wireless microphone to Skype a Scientist, World’s Fair and Carnival, Reading Resources, Makerspace Labs, Bridging Literacy and Art and more.

The Media Center grants were graciously funded by a local couple, Tom and Patty Campbell in memory of Tom’s late mom, an elementary and children’s librarian. These grants were awarded for multicultural biographies, STEM-focused Makerspace resources, A Relevant Collection: Diverse Fiction and Current Notable Nonfiction, Sparking a Love of Reading, and What You Like Has Value: using graphic novels to encourage a love of reading.

CEF is grateful for the support of our corporate, foundation, and individual donors. Without our donors, these innovative projects and resources would not be available to the students of the Chatham County Schools.

Please contact Jaime Detzi for additional information at jaime@cefmail.org.

Article by: Jaime Detzi

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