The Cabrillo Educational Foundation is a vital partner for the Cabrillo Unified School District. Its financial assistance helps fill the gaps left by inadequate local and state educational funding. CEF grants help teachers innovate and take instructional risks benefiting all CUSD students.
The Cabrillo Education Foundation has been a tremendous supporter of a number of vital programs at Half Moon Bay High School.
Supporting the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program allows students who may not have traditionally attended college, get the support and skills to prepare them for success at a four-year university. Our computer science program is taking the next step in its development, adding Advanced Placement Computer Science for the first time, funded by CEF. During these very challenging times, we have created an entirely new course offering for the fall, Positive Psychology, and this too is funded by the CEF. Additionally, CEF has given multiple financial scholarships to graduates who are ready to enter college or the workforce in the fall.
We are truly appreciative and grateful to have such a wonderful partner who has focused on the needs of all the students in our district.
Half Moon Bay High School
I can't speak highly enough about CEF and its efforts to make a difference in the Half Moon Bay community. Its commitment to enrich education for kids of all ages on the Coast goes above and beyond, from funding for literacy at early ages, science for elementary schools, and the focus on college and career readiness. All of which have longterm impact on the education journey. The effort to make sure every dollar counts (no matter how big or small) through long term investment has had tremendous success giving CEF the continued opportunity to fund these programs and more. My favorite part of CEF is the support of the Coastal Community. It is tremendous and inspiring with many donors continuing to give long after their kids have grown. It is a place where innovation and creativity are welcome when figuring out solutions to constant funding needs, gathering input from teachers, administrators, parents and students bringing the community together in support of kids education.
Cabrillo Unified School District is so appreciative of and so grateful for the contributions CEF makes to our schools on the Coastside, whether it be much needed funding this year that helped us continue to provide programs designated to be cut from CUSD schools or the collaborative thought partnership provided by CEF staff and board members. As CUSD's superintendent, I have personally spoken to this appreciation in CUSD Board of Education meetings, but it cannot be underestimated or understated. CEF helps CUSD provide much needed programs and services to our community of families, students, and staff, and CEF also helps us push toward brainstorming and implementing programs that are innovative and student-centered. The examples are far too many to list here, but I know CUSD is stronger because of our partnership with CEF. Certainly we appreciate the hundreds of thousands of dollars CEF brings to CUSD in funding each year, but please know the thought partnership and the mission alignment that we have developed over time in our shared goal of reaching every child every day are priceless to CUSD. Many thanks to CEF for all they do for all of us!
Thanks to CEFs support we've been able to hold and provide food for our first two Family Literacy Nights. We had about 25 families at our first event at Farallone View and 21 families at our event at Moonridge. In total at least 100 people attended these two events. We provided the families with resources, information, and the HMB Library even gave out free books to every attendee. A volunteer also collected new and slightly used books that were leveled and given to students at the Moonridge event.
As part of our push to improve literacy skills we also launched a school-wide reading program that has taken the school by storm. Students turn in a reading log and one classroom wins "Whiskers"our stuffed school mascot for the week. Over 50% of the students are participating and participation is growing week-over-week.
The Coastside Land Trust's Junior Land Stewards Program wants to thank CEF for the support given to our program. It is because of their funding that we were able to purchase our necessary materials, such as the students’ scientific journals, writing implements, field work tools, plant seeds for the native pollinator garden, and culminating project art supplies. We are very grateful for this! CEF is an awesome organization doing such awesome work in the community and for our schools!
Thanks you CEF for funding a match in SIPA's first participation in Coastside Gives. Not only were we able to reach our goal, but SIPA was also granted the legitimacy and visibility of being acknowledged as an important school support organization. We were honored to be under the CEF umbrella.
CEF funded two $1,000 grants to subsidize basic swimming lessons in a local swim school for our 4th graders who could not swim. These grants literally changed my students' lives, and the lives of their families. Some families had never had the opportunity to learn to swim. They are barely earning a living, and do not have the resources to pay for swimming lessons, or a means of transport to bring their children to a pool. The CEF grant made it possible for our students to learn this life-saving skill.
Many of those students were very self-conscious about something they perceived as a deficiency in themselves. They required a lot of encouragement and reassurance to even attempt something new. Some took to swimming literally like a duck to water, and others took longer to overcome their fears - but they, too, learned to swim. In swimming, as in life, we all learn at different rates, but they discovered that they can and do learn with hard work and practice - also a valuable life lesson. Their self-confidence increased immensely, which carries over into other endeavors.
In addition to learning a healthy sport they can enjoy all their lives, these students learned a skill they could share. As one student said, "Now I can teach my brothers and sisters and parents how to swim, too." The CEF investment rippled through whole families. The following year when I asked about applying for swimming lessons again, four students in my class said their brothers and sisters who were previously in the program had already taught them to swim. In other words, it was a gift with legs! All this would not have been possible without the grant from CEF.
This year, due to Covid-19, all our field trips were cancelled except the 4 field trips we took early in the year to study and plant native species in our Junior Land Stewards habitat restoration project, which was partially funded by CEF. We received composition notebooks and used them to write facts we learned, journal observations we made in the field and the classroom, and also to write and illustrate reflections on our experiences. It was new and wonderful for students to do science in the field: getting dirty, learning that not all experiments go according to plan, and sharing the experience with their friends. My students adored working with their high school mentors, and loved the mix of active fieldwork and deeply introspective expression.
The Cabrillo Education Foundation has been very important to Cunha Intermediate School in maintaining our AVID program, a priority for the district in assisting students gain the skills they need to become the first in their families to attend four-year colleges. CEF has also helped us seed great hands-on electives such as our 6th grade bicycle repair class. This year CEF allocated funding to make sure all our 6th graders who wanted to go to our week-long Outdoor Education program in the redwood forest could attend, and for this coming year CEF will be supporting our Academic Dean. The Dean position at Cunha has been vital in working with our most at-risk students. Our Dean meets with them individually, and helps these students plan for academic success and deal with obstacles they face. The Dean also works with our English Language Development department to reclassify students who have met the requirements to move from English Learners to fully fluent and proficient speakers. This is a vital step for our students to access the regular curriculum, engage in electives, and push towards further academic growth in high school.
Cunha Intermediate very much appreciates the work of CEF!
We are a second generation Cabrillo Unified School District and I can't speak highly enough on how much this foundation has brought to our school district and our kids. In a time where funding for so many things in education is struggling (that is saying it nicely), Cabrillo Education Foundation brings enrichment to our schools with funding that wouldn't otherwise be available.
Like many school districts in California, ours is underfunded, so thank goodness for the Cabrillo Education Foundation! CEF does more than just randomly fill the gaps in funding - they thoughtfully assess what’s missing and work in conjunction with the District to place money where it’s needed. They fund science, they fund special projects for teachers and students, and they reliably fund college scholarships year after year. We’re very lucky (and grateful) to have CEF helping make sure our students get the best educational experience possible!
Cabrillo Education Foundation is helping to keep valuable and necessary programs in Cabrillo USD schools. They also raise funds for a number of scholarships each year for graduating seniors. Somehow, they manage to shake money out of the trees, even when those tress seem empty, and the support they have given to local teachers goes beyond the financial...they make teachers feel appreciated!
Even in this very trying time, CEF is there to help. I'm a big fan.
Susan Alvaro, Trustee Area 1 of the San Mateo County Board of Education
I served on the board of this organization for many years and love it dearly. The established endowment is a vital gift to the public schools that keeps giving, year after year. The organization works hard at endowment fundraising and prioritizes connection to its stakeholders and mission, while keeping overhead low.