Back-to-School Grants

With August upon us, we turn our focus to the classic “back-to-school” issues we help support each year.  Kids’ Care childcare begins ramping up, communication with school site principals resumes, and our board and its many committees begin meeting again.

But most importantly each year, we launch a multitude of grants which benefit our 11,000 students.  In June and July alone, the Carlsbad Ed Foundation was able to approve nearly $400K in grants and fees to the school district.  This translates into some pretty exciting programs across all 13 schools and helps start the year on a positive note.

While I’m proud of all of our grants approved by our board and supported by our donors, there are a few that really stand out to me this year that I’d like to share…

  • With increasing class sizes coming at Carlsbad High, several donors have stepped forward to make a phenomenal investment in the science department through CEF.  Starting this fall, a new instructor will begin working at CHS as the science department lab assistant.  Much like a TA at the university level, this individual will help prepare, support, and conduct science lab experiments with our 9th through 12th grade students so that more labs engage more kids and teachers are freed up more to teach.
  • For our elementary school sites, we’re adapting a similar grant-funded program so that part-time science lab teachers can offer hands-on science lab experiences for all 5,000 K-5 students across 9 schools with engaging biweekly labs.
  • Beginning later in the fall, CEF has approved seed funding for “MY Access!®” to help ensure all middle and high school students benefit from more timely feedback in their writing exercises.  Piloted at Aviara Oaks Middle School this past spring, a lot of enthusiasm has been building to move this program across all middle schools and up to the high school level.  We’ll be engaging new donors to help make this possible!
  • Just last week, the American Honda Foundation announced $30K in funding through CEF to help sustain the 3rd Grade Academy for Environmental Stewardship at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation.  We are very proud of securing a national funder to help support this terrific program first funded by the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation this past year.
  • CEF will also continue its core investments in critical programs like weekly K-5 music classes across all sites, FIRST LEGO League Robotics, and Science Olympiad, amongst many others.

These programs don’t capture everything we are doing for our local students, but they are some of the most exciting new ventures we’re proud to support for the upcoming 2012 – 2013 school year.  Be on the lookout and be sure to ask your students what they think as each of these programs comes online this fall!

–Valin

P.S. Also be sure to “like” us on Facebook as we’ll be posting photos of these programs in action throughout the year.