Grants Program

CAEEF was created in 2015 to benefit the students, staff and schools of the Crawford AuSable School District through college scholarships for seniors and grants for projects and programs in pre-K-12th grade classrooms.

By May 2018, CAEEF was able to initiate the grants program. As of winter 2021, the foundation has given $13,200 in grants for programs and projects at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels.


The majority of this year's funding -- $3,450 -- was provided by the Roger & Phyllis Kesseler Fund, and $750 was provided for the first time by the Mesack Family Trust for Middle School Teachers.

  • $1,968 to teacher Karen Leslie for K-2 STEM equipment for GES 
  • $1,200 to teacher Sarah Sly for microscopes for GES science classes 
  • $750 to teacher Samantha Amstutz for digital cameras for the GMS Art Department
  • $141 to Tim Sanchez, principal, for the GMS GVR Program
  • $141 to Levi Burkett, assistant principal, for the GHS GVR Program 


The fourth grant cycle ran January-March for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year. 100% of the funding came from the Roger and Phyllis Kesseler Endowed Scholarship/Grant Fund. 

  • $850 to Samantha Rogers, school nurse, for garden materials for the GES Grayling Bee-Healthy Garden
  • $850 to teacher Samara Hartman for ingredients for dishes for the GMS World Cultures and Cuisines classes
  • $850 to teachers Sarah Sly & Karen Leslie for a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 kit for the GES STEM/Robotics Program
  • $850 to teachers Tinelle Zigila & Sandy Baynham for the GMS Language Arts' Shakespeare Drama Unit

CAEEF Grant Cycle #4

The third grant cycle ran June-July for the 2019-2020 academic year. Three grants were awarded:

  • $1,100 to teacher Karen Leslie for two Makey Makey invention kits for the GES STEM program
  • $400 to teacher Christine Nothstine for one super kit (+) for the GMS robotics class
  • $100 to Sarah Allen, GHS assistant principal, for items for the GHS Viking Renaissance Program: prize closet

The second grant cycle ran January-February for the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 academic year. Three grants were awarded:

  • $1,100 to teachers Eric Tunney and LJ Mead for heart rate monitors for the GHS physical education department
  • $600 to Gina Brunskill, GES principal, for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • $300 to Sarah Allen, GHS assistant principal, and Bret Krabill, GMS teacher, for prizes for the Viking Renaissance Programs at GHS and GMS

CAEEF Grant Cycle #2

The initial application window ran June-July 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Two grants were awarded:

  • $1,000 to teacher Mary Tucker for laboratory equipment for the GHS chemistry department
  • $1,000 to teacher Samantha Amstutz for three DSLR cameras for GMS and GHS photography classes 

CAEEF Grant Cycle #1