It is the mission of the Ravenna Community Educational Foundation to enhance the quality of education and educational opportunities and to generate and distribute financial and other resources for the benefit of the students and staff of the Ravenna Community Schools.

RCEF Celebrates the staff of Ravenna Public Schools

The staff, to include everyone who touches the lives of our children during each school day, was given a small thank-you by the Ravenna Community Educational Foundation. RCEF delivered a chocolate basket to each school and the administration building as a way to thank a great staff who goes above and beyond to positively impact the lives of our children. 2010-11 was a great year and we expect 2011-12 to be even better!

RCEF Grants Continue to Positively Impact Our Children

RCEF awarded 3 mini-grants during the fall of 2010. They went to Clark Kantola in the Ravenna Middle school, to Shari Luce and her 3rd grade class at Beechnau Elementary and to all of the kindergarten teachers and their students also at Beechnau Elementary. We went over our "budget" but felt as an organization that the Ravenna community also went over their "budget". The generous support shown to our foundation during 2010 has been heart-warming. We look for even a better 2011.

2010 Inaugural Taste of Ravenna is a Success

The Foundation had a very successful 2010 Taste of Ravenna Wine Tasting that was held Wednesday 13 October 2010 at the Moss Ridge Golf and Banquet Center. 130 people attended and it was a great social event. Many items were donated for the door prizes and the 16 raffled baskets. In addition, many monetary donations were given over and above the ticket price. The "Cheeses Lady" and "Toffee Dolce" were big hits as well as the wine and beer refreshments provided by Ladd's of Muskegon. Also, Ryke's Bakery of Muskegon provided sandwiches that were quickly eaten.

We have very generous people in the Ravenna area and it showed at the Taste of Ravenna. In the end, more funds came to the Foundation which will allow the continued funding of scholarships and grants to Ravenna students. After all is said and done, it is still about helping to provide opportunities for educational excellence to the students of the Ravenna schools.

RCEF " 2010 Taste of Ravenna" set for Inaugural Event

Ravenna Community Educational Foundation has set Wednesday, October 13, 2010 as the date for their inaugural wine and beer tasting event. The occasion will be held at the Moss Ridge Golf Course and will feature beers and wines selected by Ladd's and also the Cheese Lady of Muskegon. The event will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting the Educational Foundation. Tickets can be purchased from any RCEF member and are $25/person or $45/couple. Moss Ridge is located at 13545 Apple Avenue, Ravenna, MI 49451.

Year End Results are Outstanding for RCEF!

Ravenna Community Educational Foundation (RCEF) is well over the $40,000 threshold in assets and is grateful for a community that is so supportive of its schools. RCEF continues to give out a yearly scholarship but is also now awarding mini-grants to teachers for additional classroom assistance. Our intent is to continue to grow our endowment to the point that it is self-funding and allows us to give now and to all the future generations of Ravenna students.

Go to the archives page and look at our year-end results. They include our checking account, donors, Community Foundation for Muskegon County Assets Report and the yearly reports by the committees within RCEF. We are excited about 2010 and the possibilities it holds.

Austin Kantola Recipient of the 2009 RCEF Scholarship Award

Austin Kantola, son of Paul & Tammi Kantola, is the recipient of the 2009 RCEF Scholarship Award. The RCEF scholarship is $500 and is awarded annually to a Ravenna High School senior who exhibits extra-ordinary academic and personal achievement. Austin plans to pursue a degree in engineering at Alma College. An honor grad, his resume boasts more than just academics. He has been involved with Destination Imagination, Student Council, National Honor Society, 4-H, FFA, and his church, in addition to being a three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs. He has been awarded with multiple DI recognitions, including the prestigious da Vinci award, numerous scholar-athlete awards, and all-area recognition in football.

RCEF Awards 3 Teacher Grants for the Fall of 2009

Ravenna Community Educational Foundation (RCEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Teacher Grant awards. One facet of the RCEF mission is to distribute financial and other resources to enhance or supplement educational opportunities for Ravenna students and residents. Many factors are considered in reviewing grant applications, but the RCEF Board of Trustees look for grants that impact a large number of learners, are creative and innovative in nature and include items that can be used more than one school year.
For the fall of 2009, RCEF received 8 outstanding grant applications, making it difficult to choose 3 when the foundation preferred to fund all applications should it have been possible. After much deliberation, the Ravenna Community Educational Foundation made the decision to award grants to the following 3 teachers:

Mrs. Connie Ide. Beechnau Elementary. $259 for the purchase of 65 books to provide the Step Into Reading beginning reader series for the first grade students This series are high interest quality books for a variety of reading levels that can be taken home to read with family members.

Mr. Clark Kantola. Ravenna Middle School. $225 to purchase a large collection of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. These rock samples will allow for hands-on learning experiences and will allow students reach grade level expectations in science. Mr. Dan Eisenhauer and Mr. Kantola will share the rock collection.

Ms. Bethany Daniels. Ravenna High School. $260 for metal poster frames that will display student pastel drawings and paintings. The frames will be used in the cafeteria area and will be updated with new art as students/classes come and go. This is also an excellent way to reward art students who have completed outstanding artwork.

RCEF Next Scheduled Meeting is 20 October 2009

RCEF's trustee board will meet next on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 as we move forward on the planning of the RCEF annual event. In addition, we will discuss the awarding of grants to teachers dependent on the number of requests received by the 25 September 2009 deadline.

RCEF Plans Annual Event

RCEF is in the initial stages of planning a wine tasting and art event that will become the annual "highlight" event of the year for RCEF should it be successful as we believe it will be. Some details are in the 15 September 2009 Minutes that are posted on this website. A committee is formed and we are looking at a fall event with the inaugural occasion being in October of 2010.

15 September 2009 is next meeting of RCEF

RCEF held a meeting on the 18th of August and the minutes are shown under Recent Archives. The next RCEF meeting is scheduled for the 15th of September at 7 p.m. at Swanson Pickle Company. We will discuss and plan our annual event and also discuss the recruitment of new trustees. Laura Wagner had to resign at the August meeting and her loss requires us to find another quality individual who has a passion for the education of Ravenna students.

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