Bay Federal Now Accepting Applications for 2015 College and Career Scholarship

Three Students will be awarded $1,500 each

Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Number of Scholarships Available:  Three (3)
Application and Rules:
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bay Federal Credit Union’s annual scholarship is a unique opportunity for students of all academic levels to win up to $1,500 for college or career training after high school AND increase their financial literacy at the same time. Applicants are required to either write an essay about an important financial lesson they have learned, or create a short video that teaches some aspect of personal finance. Students may visit for a list of possible topics.

  • High school seniors graduating before August 2015, current college students, and adult students are encouraged to apply.
  • Proceeds may be used to pay for post-secondary education expenses related to a course of study at any college, university, trade/technical school, or career education program.
  • The scholarship application and instructions are available at
  • Up to three winners will be chosen to receive $1,500. Winners will be chosen based on the applicant’s eligibility, ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to their future goals, and their demonstrated understanding of the topic covered in their video or essay.
  • The application deadline is Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Questions about the scholarship can be directed to Tiffany Zachmeier, CEPF® Financial Education, at or 831.477.8414.

Branciforte Middle School Principal Shaves Head for Fundraiser

Branciforte Middle School Principal Kristin Pfotenhauer shaved her tresses to help her school’s Associated Student Body organization raise money through the school’s annual Turkey Trot race.  The fundraiser has netted over $6,000 for the school.  Before and after photos follow.

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Other Branciforte staff also sacrificed their hair for the cause.  Assistant Principal David Salles shaved his head close when the contributions reached $5,000.  The shaving took place at the school, and was broadcast on the school’s closed circuit television station.  P.E. teacher Joe Hedgecock had the names of the four students who raised the most money shaved into his hair, a task that required him to seek out a specialized barber.

Two other staff have offered to lose their locks for the school if the community donates $10,000.  They aren’t expecting to have to make good on their offer at this time.

Funds raised through the Turkey Trot are used for student activities that otherwise would not be funded, and purchases for school equipment, such as iPads.  This is the third year that B40 has raised money through the Turkey Trot.  In 2014, the school raised $4,806.03, and, in 2013, it raised $3568.  

Join the Santa Cruz Education Foundation in the Annual Holiday Parade!

Saturday, December 6, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (meet at 9:00 am)
Meet on Pacific Avenue near the Saturn Cafe*


IMG_0099Students, teachers, families and staff from all of our schools are welcome to join the Santa Cruz Education Foundation in the annual Downtown Association Holiday Parade. We’d love to see every school represented! Show your neighbors and friends your pride in our terrific schools on Saturday. Bring a banner, wear your school colors, or just join in as you are!

*Please look for our banner to see where to join the group and get ready to be a part of the parade.IMG_0101

2014 Holiday Book Drive Benefiting Public School Libraries and Classrooms


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Benefiting Santa Cruz City Schools Libraries

November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014

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The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is delighted to partner again with Bookshop Santa Cruz for the 4th annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting our public school libraries and classrooms.

Donate your favorite books, buy gift cards that librarians and teachers can use to select books for their schools, or shop from the wish lists of the books in highest demand, carefully compiled by our school librarians. Wish list books will be on display at Bookshop, in list form at Bookshop’s information desk, and online.

All books purchased for the Holiday Book Drive will be offered at 20% off from November 28 through December 31st.

The Warrior Basketball Team as well as Good Times Santa Cruz Weekly will be joining Bookshop Santa Cruz to help promote the Holiday Book Drive. The week of December 8th any purchase made towards the Holiday Book Drive will be entered to win a prize package from the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Let out-of-town friends and family support your child’s school by buying wish list books online. You can donate to a particular school or to the entire program. If you wish to be recognized for your gift, be sure to request an acknowledgement form.

Please join us in our work to ensure that every public school child has access to books and reading.

Santa Cruz Education Foundation’s Community and Business Supporter Program Underway

Gold-Level Supporters:

The Bagelry, Santa Cruz Hydroponics & Wells Fargo

Silver-Level Supporters:

Bay Federal Credit Union, Moriarty Roofing, new leaf community markets, & santa cruz county bank

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation launched its Community and Business Supporter Program in September and is very pleased to announce that three businesses have joined at the Gold-Level, four at the Silver-Level and five at the Bronze-Level.

The program benefits schools by supporting a wide variety of Education Foundation-supported programs covering academics, arts, music, science and more. Schools benefiting from the program include Bay View Elementary, DeLaveaga Elementary, Gault Elementary, Westlake Elementary, Mission Hill Middle, Branciforte Middle, Harbor High, Santa Cruz High, Soquel High, Branciforte Small Schools and Delta Charter School.

“We are very excited to be the first gold-level supporter of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. As a local business, we support our community and hope that other businesses follow! By contributing to our local schools, we are helping to ensure the success of our local kids. We want to give back and promote growth in the community that has supported us for 13 years. It’s a win win.”  Eric Shedlarski, CEO of Gardening Unlimited and President of Santa Cruz Hydroponics and Organics

A full list of all businesses who have joined the program can be found on the Santa Cruz Education Foundation’s homepage.

Specific programs supported (partial list):

  • AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination college readiness for at-risk students
  • Outdoor Science School: We ensure that every 5th grader has the opportunity for a week of hands‐on learning at residential science camp.
  • Watershed Education: 5th graders deepen their knowledge by submersing themselves in hands-on science at the waters edge of our rivers and reservoir.
  • El Sistema Santa Cruz: Afterschool orchestra program for elementary school.
  • Middle School Arts Academies: Taught by community professionals from the community, middle school students explore theater arts, bicycle maintenance, making flutes by hand, science experimentation, engineering and more.
  • Visual and Performing Arts Funding: Direct support to visual arts and music programs at all of our schools.
  • Student Art Displays: Children’s Art Exhibition Series at Santa Cruz City Hall & mosaics on city bridges.
  • Playworks: Recess coaching program that gets students active and moving, promotes positive, inclusive play and teaches simple, effective conflict resolution tools.
  • Life Lab Garden Classrooms: Students learn about science and nature, good nutrition and the joy of eating fresh produce.
  • Food What?! Farmers Markets: Farmers Markets located at Gault & Bay View staffed by students from the Food What?! program. Many of these interns are former Gault & Bay View students, serving their neighbors with high quality, affordable, organic produce.

Benefits of becoming a Santa Cruz Education Foundation Community & Business Supporter include:

  • The community benefits from the investment in public education.
  • The Santa Cruz Education Foundations helps businesses access to a key Santa Cruz demographic: families with children.
  • Affiliation with a respected organization supporting public education acknowledges the business’ philanthropy.
  • Information about business partners will reach over 11,000 unique subscribers through the Santa Cruz Education Foundation Eddy email newsletters.
  • The Santa Cruz Education Foundation has more than 2,000 unique website visitors each month (driven by frequent targeted news & event stories) who will see the business partners’ support for local schools.

The Demographic Reach of Contributions and Partnering with the Santa Cruz Education Foundation:

  • 10 schools serving 7,000 students in Kindergarten through High School along with their families, teachers and staff
  • Residents from Davenport to Capitola, with additional readers throughout the county
  • Educators, elected officials, grandparents, business leaders and professionals countywide, concentrated in Santa Cruz, Davenport, Live Oak, Happy Valley, Capitola, Soquel

Information about the joining the program can be found on the foundation’s webpage devoted to the program.




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