CVEF Presents Foundation Grants to the Board of Education

Released at: September 30, 2013
Contact: Winda Shimizu

Donations made to CVEF are put to work immediately in the form of grants, resources, educational events, and scholarships. The foundation grants complement classroom instruction throughout the school year. CVEF presented the first group of the foundation grants last Thursday during the Board of Education’s meeting at the District office.

The foundation grants are carefully coordinated with Castro Valley educators to focus on specific high-impact activities. This set of grants for a total of $27,050. went to the Instrumental Music program in elementary schools, robotic clubs, CVHS Visual Art, creative writing clubs, woodworking, history project & journalism, science festival, poetry & art show, vision insurance for the schools, CVHS ASL class, Battle of the Books, and Stanton 5th Grade art mural project. “Receiving a block grant at the beginning of the school year allows art teachers to better plan opportunities for our students' work to be viewed by the public. It's exciting for them to have the chance to share their work with so many people, especially people who aren't their classmates and teachers!” said Alexis Knudsen, CVHS Visual & Performing Art Department Chair.

CVEF’s annual event that provides funds to the Teachers’ Grant program (formerly called mini-grants) is coming up. The 2013 CVEF Dynamic Dinner is on Friday, November 1 at Transfiguaration Church Hall, 4100 E. Castro Valley Blvd., from 6 to 11 pm. Tickets are on sale now for $45. Join us for an evening of dining, dancing, and great company while raising funds that support school projects, teacher grants, and continue CVEF’s mission of promoting excellence in Castro Valley Schools. Sponsored by Fremont Bank, the Dynamic Dinner is a no host cocktail dinner with raffle, auction, and music all night long. The Dynamic Dinner has been named “Best party in Castro Valley” where you can help your favorite Table with the coveted “Most Appreciated Table” with your generous tips! Check for seating choices. Don’t miss this memorable event.

The first Foundation Lectures for this year will feature Michael Ward, MD, PhD, from the University of California, San Francisco. He will talk about The Eye, Vision, and Neurodegeneration on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 pm at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road. This science lecture is free.

CVEF is a volunteer, community based organization. CVEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants to teachers in 11 years, provided over $200,000 to restore programs lost by budget cuts, recognized achievement with $300,000 in scholarships for graduating CVHS and Redwood High seniors, introduced CVUSD teachers to who funded over 320 projects totaling over $230,000. CVEF’s calendar is full of activities that extend and enrich the classroom lessons. There is still time to donate, volunteer, or contribute with new ideas. Visit for more information. Winda Shimzu is a CVEF Board Member.

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