The Cleburne Education Foundation (CEF) was born out of a committee called the “Friends of Cleburne” which was formed in 2009 to lend a positive voice and financial support to Cleburne ISD. CEF is not a department of the school district, but a private non-profit organization that is a bridge between our community and our schools. CEF’s focus is to raise private dollars to invest in programs in CISD that are not funded through local, state or federal tax dollars.
In March 2011, the CEF Board of Directors was established, and they applied for and received tax exempt charitable status from the IRS. The Foundation awarded its first Innovative Teaching Grants to CISD teachers in 2012 which included help with technology at the two middle schools and construction of a greenhouse at the high school. Since 2012, our funding has grown to include many additional types of awards, and the Foundation has given over $285,000 for programs that are creative and enhance the educational journey for our students.
Quality schools are essential to the strength, growth and improvement of Cleburne. Involving the community in these efforts assures a quality education for our leaders and workforce of tomorrow. By building strong community support for public education in Cleburne, we can help ALL of our students achieve their dreams.