Our Projects

2015/2016 School year was a banner year for Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation.  We funded an unprecedented number of projects for the Cape Henlopen School District.

CHEF awarded Teaching Excellence Grants from $100 to $7,000 which provide teachers with funding for projects that enrich education, fill unmet needs and serve as incubators for innovation.

Keeping young minds active is our goal.

Most recently CHEF provided funding for:

  • HOB Elementary School’s trip to see The Nutcracker during the holiday season
  • Cape Henlopen High School’s  “Cape Chorale’s” multiple day trip to New Orleans where the students learned from and practiced with some of Jazz’s most noted performers and artists
  • The successful implementation of the first ever Shakespeare Competition in Sussex County held at CHHS' state of the art facility
  • Rachel's Challenge, which creates a benevolent nurturing environment at the High School culminating in a year end Chain Reaction Day where the students, faculty and volunteers join to create a Chain Reaction of Kindness
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students were able to visit college campuses in the Atlanta area
  • The purchase of new IPADS for Cape’s longest running after school program Cape Carousel

CHEF awards Teacher Grants up to $500 which provide teachers with the classroom tools to support and supplement the students’ academic experience.

Most recently CHEF provided funding for a great number of Teacher Grants, the following are just a few:

  • A “Girl Talk” mentoring program at Beacon Middle School.  This nationally recognized peer-to-peer program pairs middle school girls with high school girls who serve as their mentors to build leadership, self-esteem and recognize the value of community service
  • The purchase of reading materials for the entire fourth grade class at Rehoboth Elementary School where students have access to self- scoring, quizzes and progress reports
  • The creation of a “Daily Five” Study group at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School where teachers break into small study groups to read and discuss books which promotes reading success for students
  • The CHHS journalism students attended the National Journalism Convention in Washington DC via funds provided by CHEF

CHEF awarded Performing Arts Scholarships up to $1,000 per student

Each year CHEF awards three students performing arts scholarships to allow students to advance and cultivate their talent during the summer months.

The Metropolitan Opera - Live In HD

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, in partnership with the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation, presents The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at the Cape Henlopen High School Theater. Each season includes a total of ten simulcast performances on Saturdays.

The 2016–2017 season begins Saturday October 8.  Donations to fund the purchase and installation of a new projector, screen, and satellite antennas made this program possible.

Click Here for info and registration.

CHEF, Beebe Health Foundation and individual donors funded a "Mindfulness" pilot program at the four CHSD elementary schools during the 15/16 school year.

The program, supervised by the Sussex County-based Minds Over Matter nonprofit, utilizes a curriculum developed by Mindful Schools, which has trained educators in all 50 states. It's designed to help students reduce stress, improve their attention and focus and manage emotions--essential skills for promoting well being and classroom learning.

MOM's research indicated that all participating teachers found the program valuable and more than 80% of students said the program helped them. MOM hopes to expand "Mindfulness" to other schools contingent on funding, teacher and administrative interest and support from parents.






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