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Clarence Foundation Formed to Provide Enrichment Programs

 

 

Clarence Foundation Formed to Provide Enrichment Programs

Will launch ‘Restoration Initiative’ to provide one-year funding of eliminated clubs and athletics.

Clarence, New York. — June 26, 2013 – The Clarence Schools Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing enrichment to students, announced its formation today. The CSEF was organized by parents and members of the business community to ensure that students continue to have access to a wide variety of enrichment programs in the 2013-2014 school year.

“The idea for the foundation came up several months ago, but we accelerated its formation due to recent budget votes,” said Victor A. Martucci, CSEF President. “The elimination of essential clubs and athletics galvanized parents to work together on this one-year restoration initiative. We hope that this stop-gap measure will allow the Board of Education, administration and teacher’s union to find different solutions in the future so our kids will continue to benefit from many educational programs, sports, and extra-curricular activities that are hallmarks of public education in Clarence.”

The Restoration Initiative will encompass two funding activities: The ‘1000 Families Challenge’ and Major Gift Donors. “The ‘1000 Families Challenge’ came about because many concerned parents – who hope to restore eliminated programs – have offered to donate the dollar amount they would have paid if the first budget had passed. They can donate directly on our website. If 1000 families step up, we will have no problem bringing back the sports and clubs,” explained Martucci.

The Major Gift Donors, will be headed by local businessman and Clarence resident, Drew Cerza. “We think this is a great opportunity for individuals, businesses and organizations to stand up for local kids by sponsoring a sport, club or project,” said Cerza.

“Enrichment programs are essential components to the well-rounded student,” said Dawn Snyder, CSEF Vice President. “In a competitive economy, the skills gained in extracurricular activities – be it leadership, communication, organization, or just determination, are highly sought after by colleges and future employers. We are thrilled to be able to dedicate ourselves to promoting and expanding enrichment opportunities.”

About CSEF, Inc.

The Clarence Schools Enrichment Foundation, www.clarenceschoolfund.org, is a pending non-profit that supplements state and local funding for public education in Clarence, NY. CSEF offers enrichment in the arts, sciences, math, technology, applied career skills, and athletics in order to enhance the educational experience of students in the Clarence Central School District. Donations are accepted directly on the web or by sending checks payable to: CSEF, Inc. Box 37, Clarence, NY 14031.