Educational Foundation of Dexter (EFD) and the Chelsea Education Foundation (CEF) will go head to head to raise money for educational grants in their respective communities. The fundraising kicks off Oct. 1, 2021, and will culminate at the end of halftime during the Oct. 22 Chelsea vs. Dexter football game at Al Ritt Stadium in Dexter.
In 2019, the friendly “Rivalry Match” raised over $10,000 for the 501(c)3 non-profits. It was a close match, with the EFD walking away with bragging rights after raising $5,044.
“The best part about the Rivalry Match collaboration is that the students are the true winners. This fundraiser will help fund educational programs that will make an impact in every school in both districts,” said Heidi Patel, President of EFD.
The missions EFD and CEF are similar; both enhance students’ educational experiences by financing projects beyond the resources of the district, including teacher-authored grants, building-level grants, and district initiatives.
Since 1985, the EFD has awarded over $960,000 in teacher grants that support students from Pre-K to 12th Grade in the Dexter Community Schools. Previously funded grants include BookPals for 2nd Grade, 3-D printers for Mill Creek, Adapted Music for Students with Special Needs, and support for Dread Strong Summer Camp.
The educational foundations also serve as links between school, business and the community. Community partners, Art Moehn Chevrolet Buick of Chelsea, Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, Culver’s of Chelsea, LaFontaine Chevrolet of Dexter, and Chelsea State Bank have helped support the fundraiser with a total of over $4,000 in sponsorships!
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