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Grants in Action: Peter Pan School Play

Spring 2016 Grant Cycle

Beaver Valley School

School Play – Peter Pan.  Funds Received $450.00


With this generous grant, Beaver Valley was able to put on a school-wide play of Peter Pan in our covered play area. With the costs for licensing, performances, as well as costumes, sets, music and props, the grant funds provided by CEF (combined with our BV Parent Group and a Woods House grant) allowed us to accomplish this.

Anytime you are working with children to put on a play performance remarkable things happen. Here at Beaver Valley, we are able to see children grow through several stages of development, year to year. When two years ago you had a quiet Kindergartener who wasn’t ready to perform, but now, here comes that same child, able to remember multiple lines with ease.   That is remarkable!

We had a new student this year, in Third grade, he came in January from a big school. We were quite different for him. When we started the play, he was not sure how it would go and had trouble throughout practice.  Our 4th-grade veterans took it all in stride; they continued to encourage and support him.  In the end, his confidence grew, and he did amazing on stage.

Beaver Valley is a unique school due to its size – this allows us to share experiences with our students in ways that would be difficult in bigger schools. When we are working on a play, it is not an after-school activity. It is a whole school project and woven into our day with reading, speaking (projection and tone), music (singing and dancing) mathematics (measuring, cutting, building of sets), and art (constructing hand props, program, and posters).  The children are involved in every aspect of the play – it is a community effort.

– Kim Miller

Grants In Action: Classroom Learning Apps

Fall 2015 Grant Cycle


Educational Apps for Classroom iPads.  Funds Received $200.00

With your generous grant, I was able to purchase a variety of apps for many different subjects to help supplement and differentiate my instruction for my students.  When a student uses the different apps, it incorporates their own profile, which allows them to work at their own pace and skill level.  The apps that I purchased have been implemented during Tier 1 and Tier 2 reading, along a variety of subjects for my homeroom class.

Along with the excitement of blended learning, my students learned how to navigate the ipad even more; having to drag, click, talk, and even type with the new apps. These skills will be very beneficial in 3rd grade when they take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

When technology is utilized in the classroom, engagement and excitement in learning typically increases. Because we are teaching kids who are digital natives, blended learning in the classroom is vital. My students are even more engaged now that we have high quality apps that can be used by every student to ensure learning success!

Along with increasing engagement, being able to reach students different learning styles is possible with the new apps that can be specialized to each child.  For example, in our reading class, the students used the app “Letter School” multiple times a week during centers. This app tells the student the sound each letter makes, and then allows them to make the letter with their finger. If a student forms the letter incorrectly, it corrects them and gives them more practice with the letter. One student in particular, who struggles with handwriting, has improved immensely ever since using this app. What they are learning on the ipad translates to paper and pencil seamlessly!

Using ipads during class time has always been exciting, but seeing their eyes light up every time I explain one of our new apps is priceless! My class and I greatly appreciate your generous grant!

– Cassidy Cuthill


2016 Annual CEF fundraiser

Thank you for joining us October 6th, 2016 at the Annual CEF fundraiser. We hope you were inspired by the movie and enjoyed learning about CEF funded programs that are making a difference in our classrooms today.

Big thanks to all of the local businesses that sponsored or donated to the event, it’s your generosity and support that make these events possible.

Of course, thank you to our amazing community—without your financial support many educational programs would not be possible.

If you were not able to attend and want to make a donation, please visit

Here are a few ways you can easily help CEF throughout the year:
– Join the Community Connection group and dine at SOUTH. Once you’re enrolled, give SOUTH your phone number with each visit and they will donate a set percentage of every purchase to CEF.
– Shop at and add Cascade Education Foundation as your charity. Each time you shop, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to CEF. Make sure to set this up before the holidays

Thank you, SOUTH

Thank you, SOUTH for supporting our schools! In December CEF received a $1000 donation from SOUTH. This money will go directly toward the 2017 spring grant cycle.

Did you know that every time you dine at SOUTH this school year a percentage of the purchase can go to CEF? All you need to do join the Community Connection program. To signup, go to…. Once enrolled, give SOUTH your phone number with each visit and they will donate a set percentage of every purchase to CEF.

Please share this link and encourage everyone you know to join the program and frequent SOUTH this holiday season. The more people who visit, the more money we’ll raise!

New 2016-2017 Grant Cycle Dates

OBE 2015For the 2016-2017 school year, the Cascade Education Foundation will offer two grant cycles to align better with classroom planning and provide educators more time between cycles to submit an application.   You can find the application and summary forms on the CEF grant page HERE.  For questions or other information, please contact CEF at

 Fall 2016 Grant Cycle Details

Grant request applications will be due on or before October 31st, 2016 at the District Office or mailed directly to CEF.

  • Grant applications can be written for the entire 2016-17 school year.
  • Grant applications will be reviewed by the grant committee and voted on at the November board meeting.
  • Check will be issued in early December 2016

 Spring 2017 Grant Cycle Details

Grant request applications will be due on or before February 28th, 2017 at the District office or mailed directly to CEF

  • Grant applications can be written for the remaining 2016-17 school year or early fall 2017.
  • The grant application will be reviewed by the grant committee and voted on at the March 2017 board meeting.
  • Checks will be issued in early April 2017 and early September 2017

Mailing Address

Cascade Education Foundation
P.O. BOX 683
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Drop off location

Cascade School District Office
330 Evans Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Join the CEF Board

Cascade Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teachers and students in the Cascade School District in Leavenworth, Washington. Donations and money raised through fundraising go directly to schools in the community.

Our small group of board members needs your help; we are looking for new volunteer members that are passionate about education and whose diverse experience and involvement in the Leavenworth community would be an asset to our organization.

 Desired Skills and experience:

  • Technical expertise: Need someone to help manage the CRM and Auction software
  • Community Connection: Seeking new leaders in the community to help with fundraising efforts
  • Planning and project management skills: Recruiting a seasoned planner or project manager to help coordinate annual events

 General Board Member Responsibilities

  1. Regularly attends board meetings and other important meetings
  2. Makes serious commitment to participate actively in committee work.
  3. Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.
  4. Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
  5. Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
  6. Is an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  7. Participates in fund raising for the organization(nonprofit only).

If you or someone you know might be interested in one of the open board member positions, please contact us at

Want to test the waters before joining the board or don’t have the time to make a full commitment?  You can join one of our many task forces by contacting  Volunteers are always welcome!

Meet the CEF Board

CEF Board 2016

CEF Board Members

Sarah Rosselet (President)
Courtney Porter (Treasurer)
Jennifer Gillespie (Secretary)
Ken West
Jill Crimmins
Tom Hollatz
Lori Vandenbrink
Jenny Copson
Brenda Biebesheimer (Ex-Officio)
Bill Motsenbocker (Ex-Officio)