27 teachers were awarded Excellence Grants this 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 thru 2016.pdf
The application deadline for 2016-17 Excellence Grants was October 14, 2016 and is now closed.
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.