News from the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation Fall - 2019
Welcome to Fall everyone! I’m always excited as we move into October, not only for the beauty of Fall but also for new things happening at CEEF. This Fall brings five new board members to CEEF whose energy and excitement add to a board dedicated to supporting Cape Elizabeth educators. Our board is busy talking to teachers and staff in each school about new grants as we look to fund more creative ideas. While we wait for new grants to be announced, we look back to a grant from last Fall and take a chance to celebrate deserving alumni. Enjoy the beautiful weather as it lasts and look for more updates soon!
-Liz McEvoy, Executive Director
Big Fun - Big Impact!
Saturday's Pond Cove playground ribbon cutting ceremony was an exciting event for the whole community. We were thrilled to be able to contribute with our donation of $50,000 to the Pond Cove Playground Committee for "Natureland"! CEEF's mission is to fund innovative and creative learning opportunities, and "Natureland" does just that. This new space provides a new outdoor classroom, weather stations, and garden area accessible to all students.
Alumni Award: David Barber
Each year at graduation, CEEF helps celebrate an alumnus who has made a mark in their chosen profession and community. The annual CEEF Alumni Award recognizes a graduate of Cape Elizabeth Schools whose significant contributions serve as a model for all Cape graduates.
This year's recipient was Mr. David Barber, CEHS Class of '77. He is the former President and CEO of Barber Foods, a family food business that grew to become a leading food manufacturer in North America. The many nominations emphasized his extraordinary success in growing Barber Foods and noted his educational and civic service in Maine and Massachusetts. His passion now is to lend his experience to help small businesses take the next step in establishing and sustaining successful operations. Congratulations David!
Rethinking the MakerSpace at CEMS
Thanks to a recent CEEF grant, CEMS is fully renovating the MakerSpace, doubling its footprint, and further expanding Maker Culture. After piloting the IDEA Lab in the 7th grade hallway, Jonathan Werner along with other CEMS teachers and staff realized that students’ interest had far exceeded expectations and the school had outgrown the space. With 226 students enrolled, CEMS's pilot Makerspace had spread to the gym, lobby, and any available nook and cranny students could find.
A collaborative workspace designed for hands-on creativity and stocked with a variety of materials and tools (yes - even power tools!), students have an opportunity to both explore creatively and problem solve. Combining engineering, design, art, math and more, CEMS students have built life-size cells for science, a life-size Minecraft, learned circuitry and integrated the Makerspace into other STEAM projects in science class.
Welcome New Board Members!
A warm welcome to Mika Reynolds, Greg Gordon, Jill Skrabalak, Cathy Kline and Shari Bragg
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