Since our founding in 1991, the Clarke County Education Foundation has remained a lifeline for the teachers and students in Clarke County Public Schools. With the community’s support, the Foundation has served as a vehicle for matching community resources to educational needs in our schools and programs throughout the County. This past fiscal year, the CCEF was proud to offer significant financial support to our Clarke County Public Schools.
Highlights of some of the support offered this year include:
- Establishing new ways to assist in COVID relief, including purchasing a school supply pack for EVERY child in need in our schools for them to use at home while virtual learning, donating 10,000 masks, a reusable water bottle for every student in the district, as well as a huge supply of toilet paper when it was hard to come by,
- Establishing new COVID Grants for teachers needing help modifying their classrooms,
- Partnering with Biff Genda and Historic Rosemont to establish the Rosemont Leadership Scholarship, a scholarship in the amount of $10,000, given to the student with the most leadership skills from the graduating class,
- Sponsoring the Clarke Innovation Conference, bringing amazing professional development to all of our CCPS teachers and staff,
- Partnering with the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum to bring virtual field trips to our youngest learners at both Boyce Elementary and DG Cooley Elementary,
- providing at home wifi to students in need through wifi hotspots purchased through the Dr. Richard M. Lewis Academic Access Fund,
- hosting some amazingly successful fundraisers, including our Fore the Kids Golf Scramble, Virtual Gala and Game Night,Thank A Teacher Campaign and Employee Giving Campaign
- AND giving away our MOST EVER in student scholarships!
This year we were able to modify our grant program offerings and offer support to our classrooms when they needed it quickly. COVID protocols required teachers to change their way of teaching, and we were proud to be there when they needed help. Grant programs offered included STEM Grants, Covid Grants and Classroom Innovation Grants. These grants, which totaled over $63,000 were awarded to over 35 teachers and impacted every student in CCPS.
As we look toward the future, we are proud of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. Next year will celebrate this Foundation’s 30th year and is sure to be our best year yet! Clarke County is stronger when its schools are working in partnership with community businesses and individuals to remain one of the best kept secrets in Virginia.
We are the Clarke County Education Foundation and are proud to share our successes with you through this Annual Report. We invite you to join us in supporting our public schools and making our community a better place to be! As always, we remain… Clarke County, Small but Mighty!
Read More from our Annual Report here!