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The Crawford AuSable Excellence in Education Foundation (CAEEF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created in August 2015 to:  1) provide academic scholarships to graduating students of the CASD who will attend post-secondary schools to earn degrees  AND 2) provide funds for grants to classes and educational organizations in the CASD. 

With your help, we reached our initial goal of raising $1 million in September 2021. Now we invite you to help us raise additional funds to continue supporting our graduates, students and staff by making a donation to CAEEF. (See how to donate in the column to the right.)

Our Grayling High School scholarship program, which began in spring 2017, is growing:

In 2017, we gave $4,000 to four graduates. 

In 2018, we gave $8,500 to nine graduates. 

In 2019, we gave $11,600 to nine graduates. (This was also our first year to award two four-year scholarships.)

In 2020, we gave $12,200 to 15 graduates (including two more four-year scholarships for a total of four).

In 2021, we gave $23,000 to 17 graduates (including two more four-year scholarships for a total of six).

In 2022, we gave $57,500 to 17 graduates (including two more four-year scholarships for a total of eight) and 1 scholarship to an undergraduate student.

In 2023, we gave $41,000 to 15 graduates (including three four-year scholarships and one two-year scholarship).

(For more information on scholarships, please see the Scholarships Programs page.)

Our grants program, which we started in summer 2018 for all CASD students, is growing as well: 

In summer 2018 we awarded two grants -- $1,000 to the GHS chemistry department for laboratory equipment and $1,000 to the GMS art department for digital cameras.

In winter 2019 we awarded three grants: $1,100 to the GHS Physical Education Department for heart rate monitors, $600 to the GES Imagination Library and $300 to the GHS and GMS Viking Renaissance Programs for their prize closets, rallies and drawings.

In summer 2019, we awarded three grants: $1,100 to the GES STEM program for two Makey Makey invention kits, $400 to the GMS robotics class for one super kit (+) and $100 to the GHS Viking Renaissance Program for prizes.

In winter 2020, we awarded four grants: $850 to the GES STEM/Robotics program to go toward a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 kit, $850 to GES for supplies for its BEE-Healthy Garden, $850 to the GMS World Cultures & Cuisines class for ingredients for dishes and $850 to the GMS Language Arts Department for its Shakespeare Drama unit.

In winter 2021, we awarded five grants: $1,968 to GES for K-2 STEM equipment, $1,200 to GES for microscopes for science classes, $750 to the GMS art department for digital cameras, $141 to the GHS Viking Renaissance Program for its prize closet and $141 to GMS for its Junior Viking Renaissance Program.

In spring 2022, we awarded 10 grants: $1,200 to the GES Hiking Club for supplies, $396 to GES for field trips to the Ziibiwing Cultural Center, $1,280 for supplies for the GES Music Room, $900 to the GES Healthy Kids Club, $360 for supplies for the GMS Forensic Science Class, $500 to the GMS Dream Team Program, $480 to the GMS Language Arts Department for its Shakespeare Unit, $1,000 for GES, GMS and GHS Physical Education Classes to purchase snowshoes, $1,200 for the GMS & GHS Choir Departments to purchase technology equipment and $1,560 to the GHS Chemistry Department for equipment.

In spring 2023, we awarded eight grants: $1,050 to the GHS science department for equipment, $2,000 to GES for a third grade field trip to Fort Michilimackinac, $1,300 for volleyball standards for GES Physical Education classes, $500 to GMS for supplies for the World Cultures classes, $1,250 for the GHS eSports team's annual dues, $1,000 for technology in the GMS and GHS band rooms, $500 for a portable interactive table at GMS and $400 to for a trail camera for the GMS Zoology class.

(For more information on grants, please see the Grants Program page.)

The photo at the top of the page was taken by a GMS art student using one of the digital cameras funded by a CAEEF grant in 2018.

You can donate to CAEEF

The major source of our fundraising comes from donations, and we hope you'll consider giving to CAEEF. Whether a gift within your means is $10, $1,000 or somewhere in between, be assured that your tax-deductible donation will go directly to help our students, graduates, staffs and schools.

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