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Cedar Springs Education Foundation 

The Cedar Springs Education Foundation was established in 1986, and has provided over $2 million to support the quality education and learning in our Cedar Springs Public Schools. The board members are volunteers and have a passion for our public schools and the education of our young people. The Foundation has 501(c)(3) non-profit status, therefore all donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to the Foundation at 204 E Muskegon or given to any board member. Please consider a donation as a way to honor a teacher, staff member or community member. A note will be sent to the honoree informing them of your donation.   Tax deductible donations can be mailed to: Cedar Springs Education Foundation 204 E Muskegon Street Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Education Foundation Grants


By Tom Noreen

At their October meeting, the Cedar Springs Education Foundation reviewed 17 grant requests submitted by teachers from all grade levels. These grants are for a wide variety of items from books to classroom accessories and more. The Foundation’s goal in selecting the grants are requests that will impact the most students for the greatest period of time at the same time enhancing the classroom experience. It is a difficult task to pick from so many great ideas. 

Foundation President Audrey Debri thanked requesters, “For all of the innovative, thoughtful, and creative grant proposals that were submitted for the October round of grants!” She encouraged those not selected to submit their request again in the spring, when the foundation will review the next round of proposals. 

Funding used is based on the interest earned by the Foundation’s investment held by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. If you would like to donate to the Foundation, go to our Facebook page at Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

Below are the grant recipients for this round:

  • Eddie Johns, High School, Native Plant Garden, $1,600.00
  • Kim Bolboltz, District Wide OT, Adaptive Seating, $2,244.94
  • Rhonda Bellamy, Cedar Trails, Reading is Retelling, $456.00
  • Jennifer Swift, High School, Printmaking HS Art, $888.95
  • Vicki Burke, Beach, Art Room Equipment, $1,081.95
  • Donna Dolbee, High School, Writing Center Technology, $1,840.00
  • Kelly Workman, Middle School, Talk to Text Accessibility, $418.20

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Mrs. Phyllis Mahlich of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 76, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Phyllis is survived by her beloved husband Gerald Mahlich;  children Karen (Curt) Tackmann and Tim Mahlich; grandchildren; Damian Mahlich; Jeffrey (Nicole), Rebecca (Phil), Alex, and Logan Tackmann; brothers; Gene and Jim (Pam) Butler; sister; Nancy Mumah; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Wenona Butler.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 22 with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at Rockford United Methodist Church, 59 Maple Street, Rockford, MI 49341. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Heart Association or Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, 


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Russell J. Durst

C-OBIT-DurstRussell J. Durst 80 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, December 25, 2015 at his home. Russ was born October 6, 1935 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of Cardwell and Lola (Sipple) Durst. He was well known as a drywall installer and finisher for over 60 years. He was a very giving and generous person and was very involved in the Cedar Springs Education Foundation and the Kent County Youth Fair. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Cedar Springs Rod & Gun Club. He enjoyed his antique car, wintering in New Mexico and hunting and fishing. Surviving are his children, Debra Paskewicz, Doug (Cheri) Durst; daughter-in-law, JoEllen Yokum; grandchildren, Stephanie Torres, Michael Paskewicz, Heather (Brian) Henning, Brooke (Jeremy) Wong, Beth (Tony) Avink, Kent Yokum; great grandchildren, Tristan, Arryanna, Deyani, Allison, Brielle; sister, Phyllis Ball; brother-in-law, Archie McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike; sister, Dorothy McKenzie; brother-in-law, Gene Ball. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Wednesday 2:00 pm. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

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High School auditorium to be named in honor of Holton donation


In 1986, the Cedar Springs Education Foundation was created. Over the past twenty-nine years, the foundation has donated over two million dollars to forward the education and learning of the Cedar Springs Public School students. They have been a direct asset to a large variety of students, and all of their support is truly appreciated.

This past month, the auditorium in the High School was the recipient of $25,000, given by the Holton Grant (through Education Foundation). This money will go toward improving the sound system in the auditorium. It will definitely be a welcome addition to the space. The auditorium serves many purposes and is used by the school and community on a regular basis. Throughout the year you would often find band and choir concerts, banquets, meetings, plays and musicals, and even classes are held in this room. In order to recognize the wonderful donation, the auditorium will named in honor of the Holton Family.

On March 5, the Education Foundation met in the High School’s auditorium with director and teacher Justin Harnden to present the official check. New speakers and a sound system will hopefully be installed within the next couple of months. The school is very excited for these new additions, and will certainly be seen and used as often as possible. Thank you Holton family!

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Elects 2014 Board of Directors

CSEF-logoThe Cedar Springs Education Foundation has elected new board members to serve in 2014.  The Foundation is an integral part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools’ ability to provide a high quality education to students of the district.    In 1986, a group of civic minded community members established the Foundation to ensure a solid education for our students.

The Foundation has purchased or funded learning tools such as iPads and iPad software, equipment for the high school biology and chemistry labs, laptops and netbooks, diversity awareness and anti-bullying programs, books, cameras and numerous other classroom essentials for all grades and all buildings over the last 27 years.  The current directors and trustees are continuing that legacy of service to students and are committed to keeping the Foundation active, engaged and relevant into the future.

The Foundation has 501(c)(3) non-profit status, therefore all donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to the Foundation at 204 E.Muskegon or given to any board member.  Please consider a donation as a way to honor a teacher, staff member or community member.  A note will be sent to the honoree informing them of your donation.

The 2014 Education Foundation members are:


Bill Tucker, President

Kara Dault, Trustee

Tom Noreen, Vice President

Deb McIntyre, Trustee

Elizabeth Marckini, Treasurer

Shannon Cooper, Trustee

Jeni McIntyre, Secretary

Ron McDermed, Ex-Officio

Beth Blades, Trustee

Matt Shoffner, Ex-Officio


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