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History

HOW WE BEGAN

In 2001, community leaders in Comal County founded the Comal Public School Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, to provide community support and resources for the students of the Comal Independent School District. With financial support from businesses and individuals, CEF began awarding grants to various CISD campuses to enhance the learning process. The first large fundraiser, a Founders’ Drive, was held and more than $130,000 was pledged to support the mission.

OUR FIRST RECOGNITION EVENT

The Foundation developed its first event to recognize the top graduating seniors from each of the district’s high schools. Each year, the Jan Heckendorn Academic Recognition Banquet provides an opportunity for CEF not only to recognize student excellence, but also teacher excellence. Each student selects their most influential teacher and both are honored at this event. The event's namesake, Jan Heckendorn, was a founding member of the CEF Board of Directors and played an integral role in the early success of the foundation.

INVESTING IN OUR SCHOOLS

In 2004-2005, CEF initiated two special events that were not only very successful, but fun! The first Comal Cajun Celebration featured great Cajun food, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The event raised more than $37,000. The other event, the GVTC Charitable Partnership Golf Classic, was coordinated and hosted by the Guadalupe Valley Telecommunications Cooperative and held at River Crossing Golf Club. The event netted more than $68,000 in its first year. By the end of the 2004-2005 school year, CEF awarded almost $175,000 in classroom grants.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY

Today, the Foundation is proud to announce that all CISD school campuses have received funding from the Foundation. Grant awards have totaled over $950,000 which includes the funding of district-wide initiatives such as:
 
  • Quizdom Learning System
  • Elementary Science
  • Bus Education Safety Television (B.E.S.T)
  • Student Success Academies
  • The Faces of Art Past and Present
 
Help us empower all students to work to their highest potential; to provide resources for staff to motivate the students; and to recognize students and staff for exemplary contributions.
 
Investing today for our children’s tomorrow…….Together we can Enrich, Expand, Excel.