The Joy of Learning

From reading to math calculations, our kids love learning.

The Joy of Discovery

Each student is encouraged to imagine and dream big.

The Joy of Participation

It’s more than volunteering, it’s joining a dedicated team.

The Joy of Giving

We get to be part of honoring stellar individuals.

The Joy of Learning

From reading to math calculations, our kids love learning.

The Joy of Discovery

Each student is encouraged to imagine and dream big.

The Joy of Participation

It’s more than volunteering, it’s joining a dedicated team.

The Joy of Giving

We get to be part of honoring stellar individuals.

CREATE

We provide resources for creative and innovative programs and materials.

EDUCATE

Our mission is to educate and mobilize the community.

SUSTAIN

In doing so, we sustain collaborative partnerships that support its goals

Stories

“My daughter has special needs so we’re very careful who she spends time with. SKEF Summer Camp is not only a place where her brothers can have a blast building boats, it is where she feels safe and included. Our family is very thankful that Salem-Keizer Education Foundation offers trained teachers as well as scholarships so all our children can en-joy their summer! We all look forward to Summer Breaks with SKEF!”

“I am supporting my grandson on very limited funds and would be most grateful to continue receiving scholarship support.   His father is still currently serving his time in prison, and his mother is missing in action and has no contact with him. He is doing excellent in school and I do not have any other resources for care.  We have been extremely grateful for the quality care and support Salem-Keizer Education Foundation has provided through tough times.”

My son has played in SKEF soccer for two years and we’re lucky we have the money so he can participate. This season, he mentioned his friend couldn’t play anymore because his dad lost his job. Sports are a big deal in these boys’ lives so we decided to make it a priority to include a second registration fee in our budget so our son’s friend can continue playing. Thank you SKEF for the opportunity you’re giving kids today and for letting us be a part of it!

“I met a young boy in my SKEF Learning Gardens program who was only interested in video games and not much else. Over time, he fell in love with gardening, and even testified at a state legislative committee about eating so much kale his teeth and tongue turned green! Thanks to a scholarship, he became an assistant and leader in our elementary program and he flourished. He’s a senior in high school now, with a plan.

My kids look forward to the Awesome 3000 every year. It’s one of their very favorite things to do. When I register them, I make sure to give extra for kids who would love to run but need help paying the registration. Watching each of them run their very best race, I’m happy I could do my part.

“Did you know that last year SKEF provided over 73,000 minutes of game play to over 2,500 young athletes in our community through the Awesome Youth Sports program?

Children playing youth sports are especially impressionable. When it comes to good sportsmanship, kids look to their coaches and parents as examples of how to act.

Developing good sportsmanship does more than show kids how to behave politely during and after a game. Sportsmanship impacts how children interact on and off the field. Good sportsmanship builds teamwork, character, teaches respect, honor, discipline, kindness, inclusion, resilience, perseverance, and more.

The benefits of good sportsmanship are many. When kids enjoy active play, they look forward to sports and exercise as a chance to make new friends and develop new skills. Good sportsmanship encourages everyone to do their best, boosting confidence and showing the rewards of hard work, goal setting, and collaboration.”

“My kids absolutely loved to run in the Awesome 3000 every year. When they got older, I wanted them to give back, so I encouraged them to come back to the Awesome as volunteers. Not surprisingly, as teens they weren’t exactly thrilled with that idea. In fact, they were dragging their feet so much that I had to entice them into volunteering. They came along with me and were given the job of greeting kids and giving them their race numbers. Soon they were high-fiving the kids, cheering them on, and having a great time. In that moment, I watched my teens learn the power of giving back.”