EEF NEWS April, 2020
EEF COVID-19 Update
We hope this e-mail finds you and your loved ones in good health. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives with little left untouched, including the Educational Excellence Foundation (EEF).

Uncorked, our Wine Tasting and Strolling Dinner, had to be cancelled this year. We made the decision to cancel for a number of reasons. Most importantly, out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community. We will be excited to celebrate next year. Save the date of April 23, 2021. We can't wait to get our community together again.

Our second largest fundraiser, the Back to School Bash is pending. We are waiting on guidance from the State of Michigan and the CDC as to when the public can gather. We will work with P-CCS to determine the best and safest way to welcome students back to school in the Fall.

The EEF Finance Committee has been taking a deep dive into our budget with our two largest fundraisers compromised this year. In an effort to balance our operating budget for the remainder of the year, the EEF Board voted to furlough our Executive Director, Gretchen Ward, for the period of May 1- July 31. This was a joint decision between the Board and Gretchen, as it allows the foundation to preserve cash in the short term, and for Gretchen to have dedicated time to actively support her P-CCS 4th and 6th graders as they transition to online learning. 

During this time we will still be conducting limited business and will be responsive to the needs and requests from P-CCS thanks to help from EEF Trustees. To see a list of our EEF Trustees, click HERE  Should you need anything during this period, please reach out to We hope you stay safe during these unprecedented times.

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EEF Prepares to Support the P-CCS Community

As P-CCS prepares for the 2020-21 school year, the EEF is looking forward to being responsive to the needs of our P-CCS Community. We know that COVID-19 is causing financial challenges to many in our P-CCS community. Some of these financial challenges that pertain to school and school-related activities can be met with our “Level the Learning Field” funds. 

The EEF believes that by supporting Plymouth-Canton Community School students with nutrition, clothing, access to technology and other needs, we are able to help level the learning field so all students will come to school ready to learn. 

There was a need for these funds pre-COVID-19, and we know that the need will be even greater when school resumes.  To learn more about these funds or to make a donation, click HERE.

Supporting East MS Student's Mental Health and Wellness with eBooks

Kathy Lester, Samantha Ellis, Anita Clark

East Middle School, $2,790

This grant supports students' social emotional learning, mental health and wellness by providing a set of eBooks that students can access on their Chromebooks. This collection is designed specifically for middle school students and includes more than 70 eBooks to support mental health and wellness.

eBooks can be accessed from any device, anytime allowing students to have resources even if they are not able to ask for them and affords students privacy and anonymity of access. The books allow for unlimited access allowing multiple students to read the same book simultaneously. 

The eBooks are integrated with Google Suite for Education which makes sharing with students seamless and can be easily shared and accessed by parents and other adults. Purchase includes access to materials to make sure students know about the resource including posters for counseling offices and flyers that are hung in classrooms and restrooms. 


Virtual SJ5K

Since the first race, the SJ5K has raised over half a million dollars for 40 Plymouth-Canton families going through a medical crisis.  This year’s race will be helping five more families in our community and the 10th Annual SJ5K is going virtual!

Click Here to learn more.

Anytime, anywhere between Sunday May 3 and
Sunday May 10,

Uncorked 2021

Join the EEF at our 10th Annual Wine Tasting & Strolling Dinner Benefit supporting P-CCS. This preeminent fundraising event hosts over 550 guests including over 70 varieties of wine, 25 varieties of craft beer, a strolling dinner provided by area restaurants, a silent auction, gift card pull, music and fun. Great event for a fun night out with friends, date night or networking with community members.

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Friday, April 23, 2021
7:00 - 9:30
Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center

The Educational Excellence Foundation (“EEF”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1985, for the exclusive purpose of providing financial and other support for students in Plymouth-Canton Schools.
Our mission is to help students achieve their highest potential through strong community partnerships that enhance the P-CCS educational experience.