The Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF) used Giving Tuesday as the official start to their 2017-2018 Annual Campaign that has the goal of raising $25 per student in the Colonial School District.
The CSDEF is a nonprofit organization created to support and enhance the high quality educational programs in Colonial by collecting funds to help cover opportunities that arise during the year, as well as long-term initiatives that might take a while to put into place without a little help.
With the community's help over the past year, the CSDEF has been able to fund the following projects:
- When the Colonial Middle School teachers Julie Horwitz and Jeff Yeagle realized they wouldn't have enough in the budget to bring the students to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children to deliver the "lily pads" they created for the sick children, they turned to the CSDEF, and the CSDEF provided the buses.
- To help support the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) culture in Colonial, the CSDEF used a $25,000 gift from Firstrust Bank to create a Makerspace in the Colonial Elementary School library and is continuing to collect donations to make sure all of the elementary libraries have additional resources available to allow the students to explore engineering and coding.
- AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) helps middle school and high school students in the academic middle develop better study and organizational skills and prepare for college. Last year, the CSDEF was able to fund an overnight college tour for the AVID students to get a firsthand look at the next step for them. The CSDEF hopes to support that again and more.
- In Colonial, the students aren't the only ones dedicated to learning and growing. The CSDEF has also funded a number of professional development opportunities for our teachers and staff, including special projects in Science, Technology and Computational Thinking, as well as Suicide Risk Assessment and Management.
For 2017-2018, the CSDEF is directing funds to:
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
The CSDEF is dedicated to fostering students' imagination and creativity through putting Makerspaces/Innovation Labs in the seven schools and stocking them with tools, supplies and technology. STEAM can be found in all subject areas through: hands-on lessons that motivate students to learn through exploration and experimentation, project-based learning that allows students to solve problems and apply new skills and concepts over time, and interdisciplinary activities that tie multiple subjects together.
The CSDEF will continue its support of the AVID program that encourages college and career readiness for secondary students in the academic middle.
- Teacher Grant Program
Colonial teachers work hard to create innovative classroom projects and new lessons that incorporate STEAM, real world opportunities and The Four Cs: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking.The Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF)As we head into the season of giving, we'd like to encourage you to support the Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF) in our work to expand and enhance the high-quality educational program in the Colonial School District. The CSDEF offers the District funds to help cover opportunities that arise during the year — such as resources for an innovative lesson, travel for a community project or experiences that help our students gain real-world perspectives — as well as ongoing projects that might take a while to put into place without a little help.
Join the parents, students, alumni, businesses and community members who support Colonial schools through the Colonial School District Education Foundation and help the CSDEF raise $25 per student!