October 8, 2014
CEF Fundraising Kickoff
From CEF Executive Director Keith Cernak

CEF focuses on those critical areas where we can “Move The Needle of Student Success” to make the greatest possible short and long-term difference for students. Our initiatives are need based, multi-year, outcome driven and coordinated with school and state education priorities.

We are officially launching our Fall Fundraising Campaign and our goal is to raise $500,000 for our four main strategic areas: Science Advancement & Technology Partnerships, Literacy & Learning, Enrichment, and 21st Century Learning Skills.

Our goal is to take all our students to the “Next Level” in developing critical thinking abilities to have successful lifelong learning, college, vocational and career skills. We will also be working to remove the barriers that might prevent this.

It is an ambitious goal but today’s Cabrillo Unified School District students are our future change agents. If given targeted educational supports, we will see them prevent hunger, eradicate disease, and eliminate poverty. Whether you have a child in the school district or not, you can be a part of how we create opportunities for student success, changing all our futures for the better.

In the next week we will provide more detail on our goals and initiatives and hope that you can help us to help our students. Thank you for all your past support.

CEF Hellos and Goodbyes

Over the last several months the CEF Board has said goodbye to several individuals who have each made a huge contribution to the children of our coastside public schools through their work on CEF. We thank each of them for their creativity, dedication and leadership. We miss each of them. This week, we feature two past presidents of CEF, Christine Mendonca and Michele Hannegan.

Christine Mendonca

Since 2004 Christine Mendonca served in many capacities for CEF including President. She spent 20 years as a leader in school PTOs from Farallone View to Cunha and all the way up to Cougar Hill. As a Board member she was integral to the planning and implementation of the Foundation and the Endowment which now works for all the public schools on the coast. She says, “It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of CEF, especially at its inception.”

Michele HanneganMichele Hannegan joined the Board in 2008 because “I was a mom with young daughters…and I knew that public education on the coast could not be achieved in the conventional ways but rather through a portfolio of efforts with CEF leading way through the endowment.” Michele served in several ways during her 5 years on the Board, most significantly as President during which time she strengthened communication with CUSD in particular with the principals and the PTOs, and the Mothers’ Club.

2014/2015 CEF-Funded Programs

4th/5th grade science specialists - Cunha & high school science professional development - high school science equipment/labs - K/1 summer bridge program - high school teacher collaboration - 5th grade instrumental music - high school animation elective - Cunha and Pilarcitos field trips - elementary informational literacy (nonfiction books) - Columbia Teachers College elementary literacy professional development (2013/2014 program)

4th circuits1A student learns about circuits in a CEF-funded science classroom


Find us at the Pumpkin Festival, October 18th and 19th! We'll be at our CEF Giant Pumpkin Photo Booth taking keepsake photos for $15. We will also be holding a raffle, with prizes of a Go Pro Camera, a Main St. Goldworks design necklace, and a one-of-a-kind collectible HumbaBatCo custom-made baseball bat.
Email: info@ceffund.org
Phone: (650) 286-7811
Mailing address:
Cabrillo Education Foundation
PO Box 354
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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