The Canterbury Parent’s and Student’s Foundation was established by our Canterbury Families in 2002. This non-profit foundation supports the mission of Canterbury Schools in a number of different ways.
1. Each month our students are encouraged to participate in a charitable activity to raise funds, awareness or resources for a child-focused or family-friendly charity. Over the years we have supported the following organizations through our student’s efforts:
Fourth Largest Corporate Light the Night Team, 2002 Team-in-Training Marathon (3 Staff marathons) Team Run Site Host, 9 years
Hurricane Relief $2300 by student Bake Sale, 2005
This support has come in the form of time and work donations, monies raised, and resources collected. The CPS Foundation has donated a total of over $300,000 to our charitable causes. Each of these charities has also touched the lives of at least one Canterbury family who has faced loss, hardship or tragedy. We are very proud of what our students and families have been able to contribute to our community, and our students have become aware and compassionate citizens through our foundation work. Because Canterbury Schools as a corporation pays all costs associated with each fundraiser (staff, materials, advertising, and supplies) every single penny raised (absolutely 100%!!) is passed straight to our charity being served.
2. In addition to helping out the charities which in turn will help out our families, our students always benefit from participating in our foundation projects. From baking for the Red Cross, to biking for St. Jude’s, the CPS foundation is helping Canterbury Schools to make our children into citizens with character and compassion. Canterbury Schools will NEVER ask a parent or student to participate in a fundraiser that supports the school, ONLY those which help our community.
3. The CPS Foundation also supports our school’s ongoing emphasis on quality education. By careful management of seed capital in our foundation, the CPS Foundation will soon be able to offer merit-based partial tuition grants to graduates of our program who will attend competitive universities. We love that our students are taking their Canterbury basics all the way to the top, and a little extra funding will help to make college dreams come true for our graduates.
4. Finally, the CPS foundation serves one additional purpose. For families who experience unanticipated hardships during their child’s preschool years, Canterbury tuition scholarships may be granted through our foundation. This program relies upon private donors who support the idea that day-to-day stability and quality education will carry a child through the most difficult things in life. Our scholarships have been given, from partial to full tuition grants, to students experiencing the loss of a parent or sibling, serious illness in the family, and a diverse range of financial and personal challenges. All requests are reviewed by our board on a case-by-case basis, and while our funds are limited, we have been able to assist more than 75 students, totaling over $285,000 in tuition grants through the CPS Foundation in the last 12 years.
For information about how to participate in or support our CPS Foundation programs, please contact any of our schools.