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ASPIRE, FAFSA, Finals and more!

Posted by on January 24 2017

We are proud to offer various resources to all Salem-Keizer youth. It is our goal to move to action members of the community through educating and inspiring them. From ASPIRE, FAFSA, Finals Week and more, we have tips, resources and opportunities for anyone and every one. Please click here and find our stories posted on the Statesman Journal's website. Because of you, every child, every day has the opportunity to be awesome. 

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LEGO Robotics

Posted by on December 6 2016

Congratulations to the 10 LEGO Robotics Teams who qualified for the Statewide Championship Event on Dec. 3 and 4, 2016. 

Both SKEF teams had exceptional performances; The Binary Pythons will be attending the championship event Jan. 14 and 15, and the Classy Penguins received first place in robot performance.

The Statewide Championship Event will be held Jan. 14 and 15, 2017 at Liberty High School.

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Urban AgFest 2016

Posted by Shelby Strout on October 25 2016

Our annual Urban AgFest was a bountiful success! 

Students enjoyed the taste of fresh-pressed cider, learned the fundamentals of Beekeeping and how bees greatly affect our environment, and the benefits of natural, Aquaponic farming!

Thank you to all of our volunteers and booth participants who made the event a fun learning environment for students. 

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Awesome Youth Sports

Posted by SKEF on September 22 2016

Pre K/K-8 Players

2016-2017 Fall and Winter Sports

Everybody plays, Everybody wins!

Click here to register online.

Click here  to download registration form.

Please direct all PDF registration forms and any questions to 

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Watch: SKEF Turns 35!

Posted by SKEF on September 14 2016

This video represents the last 35 years of SKEF and our awesome community support. We appreciate everyone who helped make the last 35 years unforgettable! Thank you. We are looking forward to the next 35 years insuring every child, everyday is valued and included.

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Nominate a Teacher in your life

Posted by SKEF on August 4 2016

Walmart's Commander in Teach - Nominate Oregon Teachers!

For more than 50 years, customers have shopped with us to get back to school. And although it's still mid-summer in Oregon, we are getting ready for students and teachers. We know a successful school year is about more than just stocking up on the right supplies - it starts with the commander of the classroom, our teachers.

According to recent research

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Pictures of Peace

Posted by SKEF on August 3 2016

Pictures of Peace

Poster Contest

Oregonians for Peace

What does peace look like to you?

Oregonians for Peace is hosting “34 Days of Peace†from September 21

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Summer Camp

Posted by SKEF on July 1 2016

Summer day camps bring fun and fantasy to help eliminate the summer slide and support our most gifted students. Lego-robotics, writing and invention, and babysitting certification programs are just a few of the most popular offerings that keep minds and bodies busy during the summer. See a complete list of camp options here: Summer Day Camps Form OR 

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Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Posted by SKEF on June 9 2016

Fred Meyer customers! Re-enroll your Rewards Card to the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and earn SKEF donations by shopping. 

Here’s how to re-enroll:

• Relink your card to our Community Rewards program through an email sent to all customers on June 8 or by logging onto your account at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. Our non-profit number is 83096.

• Every time you s

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Watch: Awesome 3000 Video Contest Winner

Posted by SKEF on June 2 2016

As part of the 2016 Video Contest, four South Salem High School students created a video of the most recent Awesome 3000. Check it out!

Click here to search for runner results in the Statesman Journal.

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Shoot for the Stars

Posted by SKEF on March 23 2016

Law Enforcement for Youth and Salem-Keizer Education Foundation unite once again for the premier benefit of 2016: Shoot for the Stars, a dinner, auction and casino benefit for children in need, will be on Saturday April 16 at 5:00pm at the Salem Convention Center. These two amazing organizations work together to enhance education and sustain programs that serve children in need.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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2016 Salem-Keizer District Spelling Contest

Posted by SKEF on March 15 2016

Salem-Keizer’s best spellers qualify for regional contest

Salem, Ore., March 10, 2016 – The best spellers in the Salem-Keizer School District squared off March 9 during the annual Salem-Keizer School District Spelling Contest at Crossler Middle School.

In the end, 13 students – five elementary, five middle and three high school – were recognized among their top spelling peers. The first place winner in each division will represent the district at the Regional&nbs

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Lemonade Day Salem-Keizer Launch Party

Posted by SKEF on March 11 2016

Our Launch Party for Lemonade Day Salem-Keizer was an astounding success! Please visit our Lemonade Day website to register your stand!

Lemonade Day is a strategic 14-step process that walks youth from a dream to a business plan, while teaching them the same principles required to start any big company. Inspiring kids to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to

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Watch: Our Future, Our History

Posted by SKEF on March 2 2016

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2016 Best of the Mid-Valley

Posted by SKEF on February 16 2016

Voting is now open for the Statesman Journal's annual Best of the Mid-Valley! We've been nominated in several categories and we'd love your vote!


Salem-Keizer Education Foundation:

1. Places to Go Things to Do: Annual Event - Awesome 3000 and Urban AgFEST

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MLK Day of Service brings 70 volunteers to SKEF

Posted by SKEF on January 18 2016

Nearly 70 community members celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by offering their time and talents to the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation on Monday.

With 15 service projects to choose from, the volunteers – which ranged from individuals to families to business organizations – met for a brief orientation and instructions from Valerie Steele, Volunteer Services Director for SKEF, and other SKEF staff members. Projects included hand-addressing mail envelopes, sorting books in S

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Awesome 3000 design selected

Posted by SKEF on January 12 2016

A McNary High School student has crafted the winning logo for the 2016 Awesome 3000.

This year's top design, out of about 45 entries, was created by senior Fallon Dunham. Representatives of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation recognized her at an all-staff meeting on Monday, Jan. 11.

Each year the foundation invites young artists in the Salem-Keizer School District to submit a design for the Awesome 3000 fun run held the first Saturday in May.

In addition to seeing he

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WEATHER: No School, No Before and After School Programs

Posted by SKEF on January 4 2016

Salem-Keizer Schools will be closed on Thursday, December 15th.  There will be no Enrichment Academy and Youth Sports programs.

Be safe and stay warm.

Please call SKEF with any questions: 503-364-2933.

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Why College is Awesome Essay Contest

Posted by SKEF on January 4 2016

Salem-Keizer K-12th grade students are invited to participate in our Why College is Awesome Essay Contest for a chance to win $529 for college. See flyer for instructions.

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Kaiser Permanente scholarship

Posted by SKEF on December 29 2015

Are you a student interested in a career in health care? This scholarship from Kaiser Permanente may be for you. Click here and here for more details. For instructions on how to apply go here. But hurry! The deadline is Jan. 1

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My Brothers and I @ Vagabond Brewing

Posted by SKEF on December 10 2015

My Brothers and I, a band with Salem ties quickly emerging on the "Northwest Soul" and indie pop scene, will perform a benefit concert for SKEF on Jan. 9 at Vagabond Brewing, 2195 Hyacinth St NE #172, Salem. The event will be open to all ages and will feature a silent auction and other activities that support SKEF and our services to the children in the community. A cover charge of $10 will be good for one pint of beer

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Why I Love Oregon Essay Contest

Posted by SKEF on December 10 2015

We are now accepting submissions for the annual "Why I Love Oregon" Essay Contest! Salem-Keizer students are invited to submit a creative essay of 500 words or less by Jan. 22, 2016. They can be submitted by email by sending them to info@skeducationfoundation.org, by mail to 233 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, or to the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation via inner-district mail.

Entries must be typed in size 12 font, double spaced and include a title. They also must include a 

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#SKEFGivingTuesday

Posted by SKEF on December 1 2015

How will you give back to the 41,000 children in our community today? Tell us with an #unselfie by downloading this page  .

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Winter Activities Program

Posted by SKEF on November 18 2015

Anyone between the ages of 1 and 18 years old is invited to participate in the Winter Activity Program , which include free lunch, free books, crafts and board games!

For more information contact Nutrition Services at 503-399-3091.

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SKEF announces Crystal Apple Business Partner Award

Posted by SKEF on October 28 2015

Corban University has been awarded the sixth annual Crystal Apple Business Partnership Award. The organization will be formally recognized at next week's Crystal Apple Awards on November 5th.

Created in 2010, the Crystal Apple Business Partnership Award honors a community organization that uses business best practices, innovation, and leadership to engage a school community to support student achievement.

The Administrative staff were surprised with the announcement

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School Gardens

Posted by SKEF on October 2 2015

Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF) planted its first Learning Gardens in three schools in 2010. Now we have grown to 9 school gardens that produce thousands of pounds of fresh food and teach students about healthy lifestyles, nutrition, local specialty crop agriculture, and careers in agriculture. Our programs are proven to be successful at increasing children’s nutrition knowledge and consumption of local produce by expanding access at schools.

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The Mike McLaran Center for Student Success

Posted by SKEF on September 28 2015

Preservation

The Starkey-McCully building has been a cornerstone of downtown life since 1867. The two-story brick, unreinforced masonry building originally extended 120 feet along the west side of Commercial Street, but now only the northern 70 feet of the block remains. This Italianate style block is comprised of two, two-story commercial stucco-faced brick buildings and the only surviving of a five-story business block.

The distinctive cast-iron decor on the exterior was f

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Register for Enrichment Academy

Posted by SKEF on September 28 2015

Before and After School programs inspire and engage kids in learning, keep them safe and help working families. When we help children develop relationships with caring adults, provide healthy warm meals, and engage their families in their schools, we are not only feeding their bellies, we are feeding their minds.

In partnership with SODEXO, SKEF is committed to best practices and quality standards in after school programs. We are proud members of the Lights On for After School Hall of Fame,

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SKEF is Hiring!

Posted by SKEF on August 18 2015

In addition to volunteers, success at the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation relies on the people who work for our organization. If you would like to be a part of building a community invested in awesome kids, SKEF is looking for well qualified candidates for various positions within our organization. To apply for one of the listed positions, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@skedu

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School Supply Drive!

Posted by SKEF on August 1 2015

The seventh annual Salem-Keizer Education Foundation School Supply Drive kicks off Aug 1 and runs all month. This drive meets a critical need in our schools by restocking the School Supply Depot, a permanent, sustainable resource that provides year-round supplies to Salem-Keizer schools in need.

Community members can donate school supplies at the more than 85 businesses and organizations in Salem and Keizer. The drive helps take pressure off local teachers who often pay for schoo

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2015 Guido Caldarazzo Scholarship Winner

Posted by SKEF on July 4 2015

A 2015 McKay High School graduate received the eighth annual Guido Caldarazzo Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors the memory of Guido Caldarazzo, a long-time teacher, coach, administrator, and community advocate. Guido taught biology and social studies and served as vice principal at McKay and Sprague high schools and principal at McKay, West Salem, and South Salem High Schools.

This year's scholarship recipient, Winne Kong, will be attending Portland State Univer

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National Water a Flower Day and Garden Work Party

Posted by SKEF on May 28 2015

Grant Community Garden Needs your Help!

Grant garden has been selected by KATU as the site for a public service announcement sponsored by Honda to be filmed June 1st, 2015. With over 600 school gardens in Oregon, this is an honor and tribute to the great work by the Grant students and community.

This is quite an honor, and our community is very proud. We would greatly appreciate if families, friends, and neighbors would join Ms. Brenda, Grant Garden Teacher,

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Awesome Night with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes!

Posted by SKEF on May 20 2015

On Saturday, June 20th, all kids wearing their 2015 Awesome 3000 T-Shirt will be admitted FREE, and be able to go on the field to meet the Volcanoes prior to the game (must arrive by 5:45 PM to meet the Volcanoes players)!* Game begins at 6:35 PM.

Also, it is Education Appreciation Night, we will acknowledge and honor the outstanding administrators, teachers and classified staff who were 2014 Crystal Apple Award Nominees and Honorees, and will also welcome many teachers and staff

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2015 Why College is Awesome Essay Winners!

Posted by SKEF on May 6 2015

Why College is Awesome Essay Winners Announced!

Twenty-six local students have written a new chapter into the 33rd annual Awesome 3000.  The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation has announced the winners of the second annual Why College is Awesome essay contest. Sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan, the essay winners each receive an Oregon College Savings Plan account. 

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7 on 7 Youth Passing League Now Open!

Posted by SKEF on April 23 2015

Youth 7 on 7 passing League Now Open!

  • June 1st through July 22nd. 
  • Wednesday evening games. 
  • Non-Contact League

Divisions:

  • Ages 8,9 & 10
  • Ages 11,12, & 13

$60 per player

Includes:

  • 6 game minimum
  • Uniform
  • Exclusive Training

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Summer Camp Registration

Posted by SKEF on April 21 2015

Enrichment Academy Summer Camps

Registration Now Open! 

*Due to issues with our system, online registration has been closed.

TO REGISTER: Please open and save the PDF linked below (before entering any information). After saving to your computer, completely fill out the last two pages of

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Support the Farm to School Bill

Posted by SKEF on April 20 2015

With the success of school gardens programs across the state, educators, farmers, and legislators want to build on these achievements with House Bill 2721

Help Oregon build on the success of Farm to School and school gardens programs by supporting House Bill 2721. The bill will give all districts a fair share of the food funds, based on school lunches served, allow districts to use the funds for local foods for any school meal programs, not just lunch, and expand total funding

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Awesome Day at Salem Heights

Posted by SKEF on April 20 2015

Awesome Day at Salem Heights generates excitement for run

Pharrell Williams’s "Happy" echoes through the gym at Salem Heights Elementary School as the first P.E. students of the day dance their sillies out - a warmup for the jogging, stretching and other fitness 
activities of their class.

"Did you wear a shirt that you think is awesome?" teacher Dave Lemons asks the kids, who respond by showing him their favorite shirts.

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Help SKEF win a grant for Learning Gardens!

Posted by SKEF on April 14 2015

SKEF Learning Garden at Washington Elementary has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program for an opportunity to win one of two $20,000, five $10,000 grants or ten $1,000 grants and is asking the community to get out and vote for their application. The Grant Program aims to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms and communities. The grants will be awarded to organizations that help suppor

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Awesome 3000 Video Contest!

Posted by SKEF on April 7 2015

Salem-Keizer Education Foundation is launching a video contest for all Salem-Keizer Public School high school students to tell the story of the Awesome 3000.

You and/or your team will be granted an All Access Press Pass into the Awesome 3000 on Saturday May 2nd 2015 to film your video.

The first 16 teams to enter into the contest will participate in this exciting opportunity!

Find a mentor to guide you through the process. Obtain footage of the Awesome 3000 to create

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Spelling Contest 2015 Winners!

Posted by SKEF on March 12 2015

The best spellers in the Salem-Keizer School District squared off Wednesday during the annual Salem-Keizer School District Spelling Contest at Crossler Middle School.

In the end, 13 students - five elementary, five middle and three high school - were recognized among their top spelling peers. The first place winner in each division will represent the district at the Regional Spelling Contest April 16th.


Division I - Elementary Sc

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Awesome Youth Sports is Hiring!

Posted by SKEF on February 24 2015

We are looking for qualified candidates for basketball referees to help with our fall, winter and/or spring seasons.

3 positions are available to start immediately!

If you are interested in applying, please email a cover letter and resume (if available) to info@skeducationfoundation.org

Pre-Screening requirements for all applicants who are offered a position: background check, fingerprinting and drug test.
Awesome Youth Sports -- Youth Basketball

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Best of the Mid-Valley

Posted by SKEF on February 17 2015

CLICK HYPERLINK LINK TO VOTE:

Please Vote in Each Category Once Per Day, Per Device


Vote Salem-Keizer Education Foundation for:

BEST NON PROFIT

Best Place to Volunteer


Vote Where the Sidewalk Begins for:

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Why I Love Oregon Essay Contest Winner

Posted by SKEF on February 13 2015

Crossler Middle School student takes first in "Why I Love Oregon" Essay Contest

Elly Andrews loves Oregon for its creative weather, its Halloween rain that smells of pumpkin spice and beaches where she scavenges for agates and watches the sun dip into the ocean.

Those are just a few of the descriptions Andrews weaves into her winning "Why I love Oregon" essay contest. Salem-Keizer Education Foundation surprised the eighth-grader and her class with a Valentine's

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Celebrate Oregon's 156th Birthday!

Posted by SKEF on February 9 2015

You're invited to celebrate Oregon's 156th Birthday at the Oregon State Capitol!

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

11 AM - 3 PM

900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon

The Event is Free and Open to the Public

  • Authentic and replica covered wagons on display.
  • Live costumed historic interpreters from Oregon's Champoeg State Park.
  • Performances by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.

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Shoot for the Stars Dinner, Auction & Casino Benefit!

Posted by SKEF on February 2 2015

Dinner, Auction & Casino Benefit!

You are Invited! April 4th, 2015

at the Salem Convention Center.

Click for Sponsor Opportunties

Register Now: www.shootforthestarsbenefit.org

5:00 pm Festivities Begin & Silent Auction Opens

6:30 pm Silent Auction Table #1

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SKEF brings best practices in science education to Oregon

Posted by SKEF on February 2 2015

Help SKEF create future scientists, engineers and mathematicians

We’re building the next generation of women (and men) in science, but we need your help to do it.

Afterschool coordinators will launch a new science program at 15 schools in January based on SciGirls, a national STEM outreach organization and popular PBS television show.

SciGirls developed the curriculum based on decades of best practices to keep girls (and boys) engaged in science, technology, enginee

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MLK Day of Service a Success!

Posted by SKEF on January 19 2015

Nearly 150 volunteers celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back to local kids at Salem-Keizer Education Foundation today.

Large groups of employees from Kaiser Permanente, Starbucks and SAIF sorted books, stuffed Awesome 3000 packets and got their hands dirty planting flowers or building raised beds at a school learning garden.

“We are really excited to be part of something that can affect so many lives in the community. Small things can make a huge difference so w

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Buy in the Mid Valley

Posted by SKEF on January 16 2015

Here is another AWESOME way to support SKEF!  We are one of the local nonprofits participating in this fantastic year-long program to support local businesses and restaurants, as well as support awesome kids.

The Buy in the Mid Valley cards are now available for $20 at Where the Sidewalk Begins - 233 Commercial St NE Salem OR 97301.  $15 from each card sold benefits SKEF and its programs.

Each participating restaurants will feature a different discount, offer, or

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2015 Awesome 3000 Design Comes from Sprague Sophomore

Posted by SKEF on January 14 2015

Sprague High School sophomore Jason Barrett crafted the winning logo for the 2015 Awesome 3000 fun run.
 
His design placed first out of 45 entries from students around the Salem-Keizer School District. Representatives from Salem-Keizer Education Foundation announced the news at Sprague High School Jan. 12. Each year the foundation invites young artists in the Salem-Keizer School District to come up with a design for the Awesome 3000 fun run held the

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Salem-Keizer District Spelling Contest 2015

Posted by SKEF on January 5 2015

We are pleased to announce the annual Salem-Keizer School District Spelling Contest hosted by Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and sponsored by Salem Kiwanis. Registration for the district contest begins at 3:00PM, Wednesday, March 11th at Crossler Middle School.

The 1st place student’s school for each division will be awarded $250. The prize money is for a literacy program at your school. Each school receiving $250.00 is required to give a report as to h

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Guido Caldarazzo Scholarship

Posted by SKEF on January 5 2015

The scholarship is available to students who received a diploma, alternate diploma or GED from a Salem-Keizer School District high school or diploma from Blanchet Catholic School. The scholarship is a one year, potentially renewable scholarship of an amount to be determined by the selection committee.  The Deadline is April 3, 2015. Click Here for more Info

The scholarship honors the memory of Guid

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Opening of New Kaiser Permanente Location brings Grant Check to SKEF

Posted by SKEF on December 15 2014

Kaiser Permanente Northwest opened Keizer Station Medical Office on 12/15, located off of I-5 in the Keizer Station shopping center.

"Christmas came early for Keizer this year with the opening of the Keizer location of Kaiser 
Permanente,†said Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher. “Not only does it mean increased local medical 
services, labs and prescriptions, but also 50 local jobs with a perfect community partner and employer of choice."

Keizer Station,

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Season's Greetings from SKEF!

Posted by SKEF on November 20 2014

Follow this link to view SKEF's 2014 Holiday Greeting! Thank you CCTV Salem!

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2014 Crystal Apple Honorees

Posted by SKEF on November 13 2014

A crowd stood outside the Historic Elsinore Theatre on a chilly Thursday night, cheering and applauding as Salem-Keizer teachers walked the red carpet.

The theater was packed with hundreds of people attending the 18th Annual Crystal Apple Awards, a celebration of excellence in education.

About 800 people showed up at the award ceremony, according to the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, which hosted the event.

Some attendees held signs with photos of nominees. They s

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November is Non Profit Awareness Month

Posted by SKEF on November 4 2014

During the month of November, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon is going to celebrate and bring to you the stories of the good work of nonprofits around the state. We hope you take a moment to say thank you to the people who work at nonprofits in your community. SKEF would like to thank all our amazing sponsors, donor, volunteers, and staff that help us enrich the lives of awesome kids!

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Jordan Kent Winter Clinics + Skills Camp!

Posted by SKEF on November 4 2014

The Jordan Kent Skill Camps are camps and clinics hosted by former Oregon 3-sport athlete and NFL player, Jordan Kent. The camps and clinics provide a positive atmosphere that encourages kids to be the best they can be! 

Affordable camps and clinics open to boys and girls ages 6–12 (and really enthusiastic five-year-olds!) Clinics offer sport instruction, life skills, nutrition education, agility training, games, contests, prizes and me

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Urban AgFest & Harvest to Table

Posted by SKEF on September 23 2014

We are celebrating National Farm to School Month and National Food Day, with our second annual Urban AgFest at Parrish Middle School!

This year, we will bring over 1000 students, teachers, and community members to experience how fun, engaging, and impactful it can be to learn in the garden. Students and staff will join us from Parrish, as well as on field trips from a number of other elementary and middle schools.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10 AM - 4 PM

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2014 Innovation Grants Awarded

Posted by SKEF on September 23 2014

The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation awarded over $40,000 to educators in the Salem-Keizer School District during its annual grant award ceremony Wednesday, September 17th. The grants will fund innovative projects that enhance learning for students in elementary, middle and high school. 

Grants
Teacher grants were awarded to fund 8 special projects across the district. Another $10,000 for AVID (Achievement via Indiv

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Awesome Awards

Posted by SKEF on September 23 2014

SKEF announced the first Awesome Awards at their annual Back to School Lunch on September 9th. Master of Ceremonies, Tom Hewitt, retired educator and Crystal Apple honoree told the stories of people, families, and organizations who will do whatever it takes so that every child, every day, can be awesome. 

The Awesome Awards are our opportunity to celebrate human spirit, community, generosity and all things made possible by you. 

In addition to celebrating all things Awe

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2014 Crystal Apple Nominations Now Open!

Posted by SKEF on September 23 2014

The community is once again invited to help recognize its great educators and businesses with a prestigious honor. Nominations are now open for the 2014 Crystal Apple Awards. 

The 18th annual event recognizing excellence in education is set for November 13, 2014 at Salem’s Historic Elsinore Theater. 

All community members, students and parents are welcome to nominate any full or part-time employee of Salem-Keizer Public Schools or Salem or Keizer private schools

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Before and After School Programs

Posted by SKEF on August 31 2014

The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF) offerings Enrichment Academy (EA) before and after school programs at your school.

EA is academically aligned with the Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ strategic plan and is designed to inspire learning, keep kids safe, help working families and reduce hunger. EA is licensed by the State of Oregon Childcare Division and exce

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Where the Sidewalk Begins

Posted by SKEF on August 6 2014

Join us for August First Wednesday’s Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday, August 6 4:00-8:00 pm

Stop by and have fun making a paper tube animal of your choice.

Paper tubes and supplies are available for all kids – young and old – to build and decorate their favorite dog or other animal.

MAKE OUR LEMONS YOUR LEMONADE!

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School Supply Drive!

Posted by SKEF on August 1 2014

The seventh annual Salem-Keizer Education Foundation School Supply Drive kicks off Aug 1 and runs all month. This drive meets a critical need in our schools by restocking the School Supply Depot, a permanent, sustainable resource that provides year-round supplies to Salem-Keizer schools in need.

Community members can donate school supplies at the more than 85 businesses and organizations in Salem and Keizer. The drive helps take pressure off local teachers who often pay for sch

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Learning Gardens

Posted by SKEF on June 25 2014

Kids dig in at GardenPalooza

Students at Parrish Middle School celebrated the end of the school year Learning Gardens-style at GardenPalooza, a three-day event that brought over 430 students out to learn and work together in the garden.  Between June 10th-12th, nine teachers brought out 25 classes to help prepare the garden for summer.  The event brought out quite a variety of students, from math classes helping install drip irri

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Marion County Fair is Awesome!

Posted by SKEF on June 25 2014

Awesome Pie!

Support SKEF by

Eating Pie at the Marion County Fair!

Fresh & Local Willamette Valley Pie Co. Pie

Build-It Zone

Ready, set, build! Kids of all ages will have a blast building with a ton of different materials at the SKEF Build-It Zone. Junior architects will be able to create with LEGOs, foam pieces, recyclable materials and packing peanuts. Work on the community

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Garden Vandalism & Theft

Posted by SKEF on June 13 2014

Click Here for article on our Learning Gardens recent vandalism & theft.

Our Wishlist to replace items taken:

6'x10' Cargo Trailer

Shovels - adult

Wheelbarrows

Garden Rakes

Trailer Ramps

Gas Blower

Ladder - Fiberglass 6'

Power Washer

Digging Forks

Cordless Tool Set

Hand

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Awesome Day at Volcanoes FREE with Awesome Tshirt

Posted by SKEF on May 27 2014

For those who plan to attend Saturday's game with their Awesome 3000 participant, Outfield Berm tickets ($9 at the gate) can be purchased for $7 each by calling 503-390-2225 Thursday or Friday!

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2014 Awesome 3000 Results

Posted by SKEF on May 5 2014

To Search for Awesome 3000 runner results: CLICK HERE

Post your photos on our Facebook page!

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CARE corps

Posted by SKEF on May 5 2014

CARECorps is a four-week summer service learning experience for incoming freshmen. Led by high school and college-aged students, participants create, implement, and defend a project that will make a difference in the mission of a local non-profit organization. CARECorps is made possible by the partnership between the Salem-Keizer School District, City of Salem and Isaac's Room.

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2014 Why College is Awesome Essay Contest Winners

Posted by SKEF on May 2 2014

Awesome Essays Worth $529 for College

Salem, OR March 3, 2014: Kindergarten thru senior high students tell us why college is awesome and the Oregon College Savings Plan will award winning entries $529 for college. Two awards per grade level, will be announced at the 32nd annual Awesome 3000 on May 3, 2014.

Helping kids achieve their goals and become better prepared educationally is something the Oregon College Savings Plan cares deeply about," Michael Parker, Executive Di

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Innovation Grant Application

Posted by SKEF on May 2 2014

Click to download the new Innovation Grant application.

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