43 teachers, 11 pre-kindergarten classes, and 25 administrators 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.
The 2017-18 grant application deadline was October 6, 2017.
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. To visit the CAPS website click here. Watch a video about CAPS here.
Dalton and Gabe's Super Readers of Summer
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.
Jerry and Jane Slykhuis Athlete Grants
An annual grant honoring and remembering Jerry and Jane is used for a student, or students, with financial need(s) that are participating in Cedar Falls Community School District athletic programs or in a District approved athletic camp program. An additional annual grant is awarded to science teachers through the Foundation's Excellence Grants program.
Legacy of Learning Grants
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 Grants
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.