An Innovative Challenge

We have exciting news!

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), a public corporation serving as a contracting agency for government and educational agencies, recently announced a new program to encourage development of Innovative Schools across their service area. Our School District 182 has been chosen to participate in the inaugural year meaning NJPA will match every dollar CLEF raises through June 30th, up to $5,000. 

The Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation (CLEF) is a 501©(3) tax exempt non-profit organization created by volunteers to enhance the success and well-being of students in the C-I Public Schools.  CLEF partners with the Initiative foundation to host and manage its endowment, a permanent investment fund that generates annual earnings.  Donations from the principal of the fund and the earnings benefit C-I students today and for generations to come.  This money is used to provide classroom grants at both the elementary and high school.

A team of business representatives, CLEF Board members and educators will be establishing the ground rules for the “Innovative Schools” program that will be rolled out in the early months of the 2016-2017 school year.  CLEF has already received requests for grants that will be reviewed for this program.

Here are the grant requests that CLEF has fully or partially funded for the 2015-2016 school year.  CLEF will continue to offer similar grants as well in the upcoming school year. Check out our website for pictures.

* Wilderness field trip snowshoeing – 114 students participate.

* 9th Grade English students attended the play “Harvey” at the Guthrie theatre in Minneapolis.

* Service Adventures Leadership Team (SALT) students attended WE day at the Excel Center.

* Twenty-two Spanish and Salt students went to Ecuador on a service trip.

* Deep Portage Adventure was again offered for 70 5th graders.

* Eighty-nine second graders experienced a Butterfly Release in the spring.  It was a unique experience that the students loved – watching the larvae grow and develop into butterflies!  This same group of students toured the Arboretum and had a scavenger hunt there.

School funding has suffered and these programs would not be able to be offered without CLEF’s help.  This is a unique opportunity to make a donation of any size to CLEF and have your gift doubled.  If you prefer, your donation can be sent to CLEF, Box 255, Deerwood, MN 56444.

Thank you for your consideration.

Clark Marshall, CLEF President

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