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7th annual Rock the District: Cave Creek teens singing to inspire futures


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  • Regina Whalen/Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation

Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation Presents Rock The District

The 7th Annual Rock the District will be held Saturday, November 21st from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center.

Rock The District benefits the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, and is a community supported event featuring an evening filled with music, featuring our own Stinger
Chorus for the opening number, plus many of our most talented Cave Creek teens – – performing in bands, acoustic  sets, and solos. Many of the performers have CDs out, have won vocal talent shows, and have performed the National Anthem for big ball teams —  they are focused musicians — and nothing short of fabulous!

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Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation presents Rock the District

All proceeds from Rock the District benefit grant applications submitted by Cave Creek Unified School District teachers that are otherwise not funded. This year 54 grant applications were submitted totaling more than $100,000 in grant requests.

The increase is triple from the 2014 grant requests. Grant requests are awarded based on the four pillars established from CCUEF including music and arts, health and wellness, international learning and classroom resources including technology.

Earning a grant award is a special honor for CCUSD teachers, because CCUSD students help raise the funds each year during Rock the District.

The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation and invited guests surprised eleven CCUSD teachers on September 30th. In a special “Grant the District” Yellow School Bus tour, teachers were awarded grants they had requested for items that would not otherwise be funded by the district budget.

This is the third year the foundation has awarded grants. This year’s grant awards totaled more than $20,000. Competition was tight, 54 teachers from all seven district schools submitted grant applications, and 11 were chosen for this honor. The maximum grant request is $2,500 or can be up to $5,000 if a matching grant source has been secured.

Brian Bunkers the foundation chairman stated “I wish the Foundation had $100,000 to fulfill all teacher grant requests. What makes these grants extra special is all proceeds for the grant come from the annual Rock the District student-led concert which is now in it’s 7th year.”

Applications were accepted according to the foundation’s four pillars, and evaluated for merit, innovation and the number of students impacted. Our four pillars are:
·        Classroom Resources, including technology
·        International Learning
·        Music and the Art
·        Health and Wellness

On behalf of the CCUEF Board of Trustees, we are proud to announce the following 2015 grant awards, totaling over $20,000:

Presented to Kristin Cardin Kindergarten teacher, Black Mountain Elementary School
$2,500 grant for Osmo Game Systems supporting classroom resources

Presented to Andrew Cupo Drama teacher, Cactus Shadows High School
$2,300 grant for Apple TV and i-Pod’s supporting classroom resources and music and the arts

Presented to M Luke Scott Career Technology Teacher for Film and TV, Cactus Shadows High School
$2,000 grant for video editing equipment supporting classroom resources

Presented to Shari LaBuwi 5th Grade Teacher, Desert Sun Academy
$400 grant for Pedal Exercisers supporting health and wellness

Presented to Julia Broome Physical Education Teacher, Desert Sun Academy
$1,900 grant for Heart Rate Monitors supporting Health and Wellness

Presented to Kristi Frederiksen 1st grade teacher, Horseshoe Trails Elementary School
$2,500 grant for i-Pads and equipment supporting international learning and the Chinese Immersion Program

Presented to Karen Dolezal Music Teacher, Horseshoe Trails Elementary School
$2,500 grant for i-Pads supporting music and the arts and classroom resources

Presented to Dreama L Kyler Emnett 1st Grade Teacher, Lone Mountain Elementary School
$2,500 grant for computer equipment for large display microscopes supporting classroom resources

Presented to Ashley Fauss 7th Grade Science Teacher, Sonoran Trails Middle School
$1,200 grant for gaming laptop and robotics tools supporting classroom resources

Presented to Chris Hazeltine 8th Grade Language Arts teacher, Sonoran Trails Middle School
$750 grant for books and audio versions supporting classroom resources and international learning

Presented to Shannon Benevenuto 7th grade Science teacher, Sonoran Trails Middle School
$1,500 grant for microscopes supporting classroom resources and health and wellness

Dreama L Kyler-Emnett, 1st grade teacher from Lone Mountain Elementary School stated “It was a wonderful surprise for the students and me. I am very pleased to be a recipient of the CCUEF Grant; I know the additions to our Science Lab will benefit all our students at LMES”.

Grant applications for 2016 can be submitted beginning in May 2016. Those grants will come from proceeds raised at the upcoming 7th Annual Rock the District concert.

The upcoming concert will support 2016 Grant Awards.

Auditions will take place on Saturday Oct. 17th from 10:00-2:00 at Sonoran Trails Middle School. Admission is $10/students and CCUSD Faculty, $20/adults. Food and beverage will be available for sale during the event along with a raffle. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.rockthedistrict.net.

Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation is a not for profit educational foundation (501)©(3) dedicated to the support of programs and projects for students, staff and teachers in the Cave Creek Unified School District. CCUEF works to bring private funding to the public school system in Cave Creek to enhance educational opportunities. For more information on CCUEF please visit www.ccuef.org

For more information, please contact Regina Whalen at 602-705-4695 or ReginaWhalen@cox.net.