By Amanda Foust
At a recent Carmel Clay Schools Board of Trustees meeting, several teachers lined up in anticipation, eager to be rewarded for their dedication and hard work. They were all about to receive grants to benefit their classrooms and excel student learning.
The Carmel Education Foundation presented the grants and shared its mission to support teachers and students. The presentation allowed the community to see the tangible impacts made as a result of donations to the organization.
A longtime supporter of Carmel Clay Schools, CEF is celebrating 50 years and has set a goal to raise $50,000 through its annual telethon fundraising event March 8 to 10. National Honor Society seniors and CEF board members will gather to call and engage the community in their mission to continue funding teacher grants.
“Each year goals are set and achieved by pledges of CCS parents and community donors,” said Barbara Danquist, CEF co-executive director.
Over the past five years, CEF has raised between $125,000 and $150,000 through the telethon and other fundraising efforts.
“By saying yes to the CEF telethon, you are saying yes to teacher grants,” CEF Co-director Stephanie McDonald said
Carmel Middle School math teacher Kristen Taylor was one of the recent grant recipients. She shared her experience after receiving a grant for Spheros, Google Cardboard and Makey Makeys.
“My students are now excited and engaged in the content thinking outside of the box and trying new things,” Taylor said. “They have challenged me to try new things I wouldn’t normally do without financial support.”