Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation grants educators


A number of Cave Creek Unified School District teachers received funds for their classrooms and school programs from the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation through a Grant the District event.

The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation is best known for its yearly showcasing of musical talent, Rock the District, which not only grows, presents and applauds students’ musical talents, but raises much needed dollars for classrooms.

This year, CCUEF celebrated Cave Creek Unified School District teachers whose grants were funded with Grant the District and brought along members of the Cave Creek Youth Education Foundation and two reporters from Cactus Shadows High School’s award winning student-run newspaper.

The annual Grant the District event has a CCUSD school bus traveling to the schools of the teachers receiving grants, according to a press release.

Teachers and their classes were brought to the front of the school and surprised by the CCUEF Trustees who jumped off the bus with a giant check, balloons and flowers.

This year, a student group from Cactus Shadows High School—Cave Creek Youth Education Foundation, also rode the bus, along with a CS Press reporter and photographer, and local dignitaries.

Below are this year’s winners:

  • Black Mountain Elementary: Ms. Cardin, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Steward — $2,302 for kindergarten Chromebooks;
  • Lone Mountain Elementary: Ms. Hendrie — $2,250 for preschool;
  • Desert Willow Elementary: Ms. Camarasa — $2,500 for El periodico;
  • Desert Willow Elementary: Ms. Bayless — $2,268 for iPads for the art studio;
  • Desert Sun Academy: Ms. Kerschbaum — $2,500 for Don’t Put Your Health in a Pickle;
  • Sonoran Trails Middle School: Ms. Stumpo and Mr. Nielson — $1,000 for French 1 and 2 library;
  • Sonoran Trials Middle School: Ms. Lindstrom, Ms. Dahlke, Ms. Watts and Ms. D’Ambrosi — $1,844 for Special Education Technology; and
  • Sonoran Trails Middle School: Mr. Conklin, Ms. Fauss, Ms. Knuteson, Ms. Petrine, Ms. Skinner and Ms. Spiess — $2,500 for adding technology to the Science lab.

CCUEF’s four pillars are: classroom supplies (including technology); music and the arts; health and wellness; and international learning.

“CCUEF is a group of dedicated, hard-working volunteers who only want the best for our students and schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick in a prepared statement. “They make sure each year that teachers have the opportunity to access additional resources for their classrooms and CCUSD is so grateful and lucky to have this small but mighty foundation supporting our mission, Inspire Excellence, through their four pillars.”

For more information on CCUEF, visit ccuef.org.

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