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CEF in Action – Chaparral Elementary, CHS & Claremont Heritage

An Example of Community Collaboration
Chaparral Elementary School, Claremont High School, Claremont Heritage & CEF

We’d like to share with you a story about the impact of our work and invite you to join us to make similar opportunities available.  We’re all in this together!

Every third-grade student in Claremont studies local history as part of the social science curriculum. CEF recognized that Claremont Heritage, a local nonprofit community group specializing in historic preservation, was well equipped to provide resources for the curriculum. CEF partnered with Claremont Heritage through a grant that enhanced the outreach provided to our teachers and our schools.

This, in turn, sparked the interest of Jean Merrill, a third-grade teacher at Chaparral Elementary School. Jean wanted to extend the impact of the local history program and wished to involve students of all ages. She came up with an innovative idea for a history play and brought that idea to CEF. The project touched on two of CEF’s funding priorities, innovative teaching, and the arts.

Ms. Merrill collaborated with Claremont High School International Baccalaureate students to develop the play entitled Letters Home. The play focuses on Claremont’s rich cultural history and incorporates photos and video from the archives at Claremont Heritage, narrating the growth of our city through the lens of letters sent home by college students. The play is presented to all third-grade students and is also open to the public.

Investments such as this require creativity and innovation, alignment of community resources, and communication across the school district. CEF is proud to support such efforts and actively seeks opportunities to do more.