Excellence Grants

27 teachers were awarded Excellence Grants this past year. Excellence Grants are awarded each year to CFCS District staff for projects that improve and enhance the educational experience of the students in the Cedar Falls Community Schools. These projects carry out the Foundation's mission of enhancing excellence in education. Grant applicants base their goals on improved educational experiences for students, strengthening the relationships between school, families and the community, and providing experiences above and beyond typical classroom activities. For more information about current and past Excellence Grant awards, click here: Excellence Grants Given Thru 2016-17.pdf

The 2017-18 grant application deadline was October 6, 2017.

CAPS Grant Fund

The Center for Advanced Professional Studies is a collaborative program through our schools, businesses, and the community, to develop highly skilled, adaptable, and innovated leaders. CAPS is a partnership with local businesses to put students in a skilled career environment and donor support through the Foundation has helped make that possible. More information about CAPS can be found here. To read one of the WCF Courier articles highlighting this program, click here.

Dalton and Gabe's Super Readers of Summer Fund

Thanks to a grant from the Closson and Bunger family, an elementary summer reading program was expanded in 2017. All Cedar Falls elementary students can participate in the "Dalton and Gabe's Super Readers of Summer" program and receive a free book, purchased with funds from the grant. This grant was provided by Kathy Bunger’s daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Bob Closson, and Kathy's husband Sid Bunger, in Kathy’s memory. Before her passing in 2013, Kathy was very involved with support for cancer patients and raised money and awareness for cancer research and education. She believed that to truly be successful, one should always give back to others.

Through collaborative work with our Cedar Falls Schools Foundation, the Cedar Falls Elementary school librarians, principals, the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, and the Cedar Falls Community School District are giving our youngest students the opportunity to see their classmates while reading and learning throughout the summer. The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation thanks Shannon and Bob Closson and Sid Bunger for this impactful gift. To read the WCF Courier article about the kickoff, click here. For more details, including dates and times, visit the CFCS District News page.

Legacy of Learning Fund

Members of the CFHS Class of 1963 45th and 50th reunion committees asked classmates for gifts, to generously establish the Legacy of Learning Endowed Fund. The reunion classes of 1954, 1959, 1980, 1990 and 2000 have also contributed to this fund. A selection committee recommends the recipients for this annual award, providing scholarships, enrichment awards and district initiative funds (such as STEM).

John Nero Memorial Grant Fund

2016 Recipients: Megan Potratz and Meghan Reynolds

This memorial grant was established in John Nero's name, after his passing in June of 2011, for first and second year teachers. A long time Cedar Falls High School teacher and guidance counselor, John had a desire to assist new teachers as they embarked on their first or second year of teaching. New teachers may be eligible for a grant from this fund, to be used for tuition and/or materials for graduate studies.

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Grants

The Foundation has partnered with the Cedar Falls Community School District to provide training for staff professional learning communities.

John and Carol Baker Memorial Fund

Recipient: Southdale Elementary Library

John Baker, a long time Cedar Falls Community School administrator, served as the principal of Southdale Elementary School prior to his service as the Director of Elementary Education from 1965 until he retired in 1995. The Southdale Library is named after him. The library uses these funds for purchases that will benefit the children attending Southdale for years to come, a fitting tribute to an educational leader and his wife, who truly understood the importance of reading in the curriculum.

Jim Jackson Memorial Fund

Recipients: North Cedar and Hansen Elementary Libraries

Jim Jackson, a beloved administrator in the Cedar Falls Community School District, served as an elementary principal at North Cedar Elementary and was the first principal at Hansen Elementary School. He served our district from 1965 until his retirement in 1994. Jim also was a principal at Humbert and Valley Park Elementary Schools during that time period. Jim always made people he came in contact with better and this was especially true for his "kids" in the schools he served. It is fitting that students in Hansen and North Cedar will benefit from these gifts to their libraries for years to come. Over $2000 has been given to these libraries in his memory.