News & Events

Foundation Supports Class of 2022 Senior Breakfast

May 2022

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Together with Senior Leadership, the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation happily sponsored the Class of 2022 Senior Breakfast on May 20 at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church. In addition to enjoying breakfast catered by HyVee, seniors watched their senior video and shared favorite memories from the past year. Following the breakfast, seniors went to graduation practice then back to their elementary and junior high buildings for the annual senior walk.

The Foundation would like to thank their 2022 Platinum, Gold and Silver Business Sponsors for contributing to the success of this event – Platinum: Amy Wienands Real Estate, i smile Orthodontics, Highway 63 Diner, INVISION Architecture and Skogman Homes; Gold: MercyOne, Tuffy Tire & Auto Service, Montage, Brummel Madsen Insurance and MidWestOne Bank; Silver: Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Harris Cleaning Service & Sales, Inc., Magee Construction Company and Cedar Valley Law (Judy Benson).

Congratulations Class of 2022!


Celebrating Seniors with Scholarships

May 2022

On May 10, at the Cedar Falls High School Honors Convocation, our donors made a very special impact and investment while celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments of our 2022 scholarship recipients. Eighteen scholarships, amounting to $31,000 total, were awarded:

  • Bill Close & Ron Streed smARTstart Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Meghan Chagdes
  • Bill Ellinger Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Emma Yarrow
  • Cedar Falls Rough Risers Kiwanis Club Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Klaertje Hesselink
  • Dan and Bea Brown Memorial Scholarship - $4,000 awarded to Madden McFarlane
  • Do Better. Be Better. Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Sidney Atkins
  • Elsa Roberts Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Olivia Smothers
  • Frank and Dorothy Horn Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Mckayla Kinder
  • Kathy Bunger Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Madeline Castings
  • Kristine Martinson and Family Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Emma Yarrow
  • Lauterbach Memorial Scholarship - $4,000 awarded to Sydney Herzmann
  • Lauterbach Memorial Scholarship- $4,000 awarded to Olivia Smothers
  • Lauterbach Memorial Scholarship - $4,000 awarded to Charis Crozier
  • MIRAE (Multicultural Individuals Revered Among Educators) Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Ahmad Madlock
  • Rick VerHeul Memorial Scholarship - $2,000 awarded to Grace Bobeldyk
  • Robert and Hazel Messer Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Kunyn Du
  • Ronald E. Juhl CAPS Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Ryley Barnett
  • Sandy Remmert Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Claudia Patterson
  • Todd Blanford Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 awarded to Elise Wehr

To read more about our scholarships, click here. A recording of the Honors Convocation, thanks to Channel 15, is available at https://youtu.be/9HbXh5z9DnM. CFSF scholarships begin at 51:00.

Best wishes Class of 2022!


Madeline Chilton & Kasey Dekko Awarded Nero Memorial Grant for Continuing Education

May 2022


The John and Doris Nero Memorial Grant was established after John's passing in 2011, for first and second year teachers. The Nero's dedicated their careers to education as teachers and guidance counselors. Both John and Doris were passionate about assisting new teachers as they embarked on their first years of teaching. New teachers may be eligible for a grant from this fund annually, to be used for tuition and/or materials for graduate courses.

Two Nero Memorial Grants in the amount of $250 each have been awarded this year to Madeline Chilton, Southdale Elementary and Kasey Dekko, Peet Junior High.

Image titleMadeline is a preschool special education teacher and will be using the grant to offset costs for the course, Theories of Counseling, through Upper Iowa University. "Understanding the function of behaviors, how to better meet student’s needs, and de-escalation practices are essential to my job and I want to continue to learn more," commented Madeline.

Image titleKasey is a 7-9th grade special education teacher and will be using the grant toward the course, Math Remediation Strategies, through Morningside University. Kasey is a first year teacher who is pursuing a master’s degree in special education.

Congratulations Madeline and Kasey and best of luck to you both as you continue your education!


Double Your Gift!

April 2022


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GreenState Credit Union members can receive a matched gift (up to $500) to the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation through April 30 with the credit unions Give & Grow to Schools program.

Donations should be submitted through GreenState’s website.  Thank you GreenState Credit Union for supporting our staff and students!



Application for Senior Scholarships Now Available!

January 2022

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The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation will be awarding over $30,000 in scholarships this year to Cedar Falls graduates. All CFHS seniors pursuing higher education are encouraged to submit an online application.

By completing a single application, seniors will be matched to all eligible scholarships. Some scholarships support students with financial need. Others are merit-based, recognizing students’ academic, extra-curricular, and community-based achievements. In addition, there are scholarships that are designed to support certain fields of study, demographics and specific institutions. Scholarships may be one-time awards or annually renewed.

Application deadline is March 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee and will be awarded at the Honors Convocation Ceremony on May 10, 2022.

CFSF is privileged to manage scholarship funds made possible solely through the generosity of alumni, staff, community members, businesses and organizations. Click here to see a full listing of CFSF scholarships.


CFSF Awards Classroom Excellence Grants

November 2021

Since 2008, the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation has awarded Classroom Excellence Grants each year to Cedar Falls Community School (CFCS) District staff for projects that enhance excellence in education. Thanks to many generous donors, 18 Classroom Excellence Grants, totaling over $15,000, were awarded this November. A special thank you to our 2021 Platinum Business Sponsors:

In addition to our sponsors, these grants were also made possible from gifts made in honor or in memory of:

  • Class of 1970
  • Legacy of Learning Fund (established by the Class of 1963, with additional contributions from the Classes of 1954, 1959, 1980, 1990 and 2000)
  • Jim & Karen Bolger, Karen was a former P.E. teacher at Peet Junior High
  • Pat Lyman, former Lincoln Elementary volunteer
  • Robert L. Savereide, former counselor at Peet Junior High

Click here to read about all the projects supported this year.


CFSF Makes Gift to New Community Natatorium (Pool)

October 2021

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On October 4, the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation (CFSF) Board of Directors presented a $10,000 check to Jump In! Campaign Co-Chair Lorelei Redfern in support of the Community Natatorium (Pool) at the new Cedar Falls High School. CFSF Board President Vickie Robinson commented, “As the fiscal sponsor of this project, we felt a monetary contribution from the foundation, made solely through our investment earnings, was an important way for us to show our support. We look forward to seeing the programming for students and community members that is maintained and developed as a result of this new facility.”

“It has been a pleasure partnering with Cedar Falls Schools Foundation on this project. We greatly appreciate this gift as well the continued support,” stated Jump In! Campaign Co-Chair Traci Mallaro.

Construction is expected to begin in 2022, with a planned opening in fall 2024. The school district and the city will jointly fund the project, with community fundraising of $3.3 million necessary to complete the natatorium. To date, community contributions total $1.6 million. Highlights of the facility include two pools in one building. One pool will be a 10 lane, 25 yard by 25 meter deep-water competition pool. The second pool will be a 4 lane, shallower, warmer temperature pool for teaching and therapeutic use. Parking and an entrance separate from the high school will allow community use during school hours.

Click here for more information about the natatorium project, including pledge and giving level designations.


CFSF Announces Two New Board Members and Celebrates One Board Retiree

August 2021

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The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation (CFSF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Board Members – Brian Unruh and Suvada Kuburas. Mr. Unruh and Ms. Kuburas are filling district staff member seats on the CFSF Board. Mr. Unruh is the Associate Director of Instructional Technology for the district while Ms. Kuburas is the Principal at North Cedar Elementary.

CFSF would also like to celebrate and acknowledge Eric Rosburg, whose term ended in 2021. Mr. Rosburg has served as a board member since 2014 and has been active on the marketing and promotions committee. Monica Boyer, Executive Director, commented, “Eric’s insights as a district employee have been extremely beneficial and have certainly contributed to the growth and success of the foundation. We’re grateful for his commitment and service!”

The Foundation Board of Directors includes community members and district appointments. Current standing board members include: Tom Blanford, Dave Deaver, Chris Gehling, Alan Heisterkamp, John Jorgensen, Tanner Marshall, Whitney Middleton, Tracy Mudd, Helen Pearce, Vickie Robinson, John Runchey, Jessie Sorensen, Jim Sprau, Jeremy Swanson, Megann Tresemer and Dave Vandeventer. Ex-officio members are Dr. Andy Pattee, CFCS District Superintendent and Denelle Gonnerman, CFCS CFO.


Did You Know?

August 2021

Image titleIn 2020-2021, the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation invested over $92,000 into our district in the form of classroom grants, professional development and scholarships! Watch our short year-in-review video to see the projects and programs we were able to support thanks to donors!



Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation Grant Supports Cedar Falls Schools connect>CF Program

July 2021

Image titleThe Cedar Falls Schools Foundation (CFSF) was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation to support the connect>CF Program. connect>CF brings the value of connectivity into households through a collaboration between the Cedar Falls Community School District and Cedar Falls Utilities. Established in 2018, this program provides affordable internet access to students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program to address the homework gap. The homework gap is the difficulty students experience completing homework when they lack internet access at home, compared to those who have access.

“Dupaco’s investment in the connect>CF program will make a difference in the lives of many students and their families. We appreciate that they saw this need in our community and took action to improve the situation,” stated Monica Boyer, CFSF Executive Director. connect>CF is an ongoing effort, sustained by donations from individuals, business, organizations and grants. To learn more about connect>CF, or to donate, click here.


Cedar Falls Schools Foundation Makes Gift to New High School

July 2021

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The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation (CFSF) Board of Directors voted to make a $10,000 contribution to the new high school to name the teacher lounge area. Set to open in 2024, construction is currently underway on 69.6 acres of land north of West 27th Street and west of PE Center Drive near the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. CFSF Board President Vickie Robinson commented, “We look forward to seeing the benefits this new building will bring to students, staff and the community and are happy to be in a position where we can offer this level of support.”

Gifts to the new high school are currently being accepted by the CFSF with a number of naming opportunities available for businesses, individuals, organizations and alumni groups. Additionally, all gifts of $1,000+ will be recognized on a donor wall unless a donor requests otherwise. Click here for more information.


Otto Schoitz Foundation Grant Supports connect>CF Program

June 2021

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The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation (CFSF) was awarded a $5,625 grant from the Otto Schoitz Foundation to support the connect>CF Program. connect>CF, established in 2018, is a collaboration between the Cedar Falls Community School district and Cedar Falls Utilities that addresses the homework gap and brings the value of connectivity into households. The goal of the program is to provide affordable internet access to students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.

“This grant will help us support students and families in the 2021-2022 school year. We are thankful for the financial assistance from the Otto Schoitz Foundation,” stated Monica Boyer, CFSF Executive Director. connect>CF is an ongoing effort, sustained by donations from individuals, business, organizations and grants. To learn more about connect>CF, or to donate, click here.


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