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Education Foundation awards grants

By Tom Noreen

Each year the Cedar Springs Education Foundation reinvests the dividends it earns on its investments back into the schools. This year the foundation returned over $15,000. Of this, over $5,000 was used to provide each of the 205 teachers with a $25 gift card from Schuler’s Books. The other $10,000 was divided up among the individual schools based on student enrollment for projects, programs, and equipment selected by the staff and faculty of each school. The grants awarded are listed below.


Benefits 625 students. Purchase additional Mentor and Grade Level Text books to support Reading and Writing Workshop

BEACH–$1,500 of $1,700 fee

Benefits all 520 students. Subscription to Raz-kids.com website, a personalized on-line reading support program that challenges all students at their reading level.


4th Grade—$750
Benefits 270 students. Purchase leveled American Revolution books for students use in researching “Museum of Knowledge” writing project. Also purchase tri-fold boards and other supplies for project.
5th Grade—$750
Benefits 260 students. Purchase math manipulatives to complement Everyday Math curriculum. Purchase current book titles to enhance literacy instruction.



Benefits 250 students. Purchase books that emphasize visual literacy and present same core concepts for varying reading levels that align with social studies and science units.


Benefits all students. Materials for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) inventions which allow students to take theoretical engineering concepts to the design, build and testing phases.
HIGH SCHOOL-$2,700 towards $35,000 total cost
Benefits 700 students. Partnering with Athletic Boosters to replace 20-plus-year-old equipment used for strength training and conditioning by physical education students and athletes.


Benefits 68 students. Purchase books in a wide range of reading fluency levels for student’s use in the school library.
To learn more about the Cedar Springs Education Foundation, visit them online at http://www.csredhawks.org/csef.

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