Robotics for engineering classes. Microscopes for fourth-grade classrooms. Microphones for Coast Union High School Drama. These are just a just a few of the projects the Cambria Education Foundation has supported in the last few months.
The Cambria Education Foundation (CEF) is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support teachers at all four Coast Unified School District campuses. Educators who want to attend a conference or a workshop, enhance their lessons with new technology or enrich classroom instruction in creative new ways are encouraged to apply for a CEF grant.
Additionally, it is CEFs mission to provide opportunities for students and their families in the community to experience the arts, science and technology. This year CEF has partnered with the Central Coast Astronomical Society, Professors at Cal Poly, and the Coast Discovery Center at San Simeon to offer a Star Gazing Party, Physics Day, and Marine Science Day.
The Foundation also collaborates with the Broncos Boosters and Grammar School PTA to fund larger requests like microphones for Coast High School Drama and Childrens Creative Theater Project at the Cambria Grammar School.
In 2003, severe budget cuts that led to reductions in teacher positions and educational programs sparked a group of parents to form the Cambria Education Foundation. The first grants awarded in May 2004 included funding to implement a vocal music class at the Middle School where none had existed. With the Cambria Education Foundations support, teachers are better able to think outside the box on innovative ways to enhance learning and expand student achievement, said middle school Principal Kyle Martin.
Today, the foundation continues to be managed by a small board of 10 volunteer parents who are actively involved in each of the schools and are keenly aware of the needs in the classrooms. The board raises money annually through a mailer which solicits donations from the community and through annual fundraising events like Movie Night at Hearst Castle held on Veterans Day Weekend.
If you would like to make a donation or become involved with the foundation, please visit www.CambriaEducationFoundation.org or contact Katie Beery at 440-2244 or myself, Erin Martin, at 305-7838.
The Cambria Education Foundation will award this years grants and honor the districts retiring teachers and staff at the 11th annual Celebration of Education. The celebration will be at The Garden Shed on Friday, May 30, and the public is invited to attend. Additional information about this event can be found on our website, www.CambriaEducationFoundation.org.
Erin Martin is co-president of the Cambria Education Foundation.