A Message from the President
Being a part of this great nonprofit organization for over ten years, I have seen tremendous growth and transformation in the Collierville education school system. Going from the Shelby County School district to having our own school district to opening the new high school, Collierville has been in the forefront of educational advancements and the Collierville Education Foundation has been there every step of the way.
The CEF was formed in 1988 when a Collierville school principal thought a teacher luncheon would be a great way to start off the new school year and show appreciation. Local businessmen/women agreed. One such businessman, John Green, of John Green Realtors, was one of the those businessmen. Marilyn, John's late wife who was a school teacher, told him, "If you have a great school system, it is much easier to sell homes." John listened and became one of the founding fathers of what is now the 501c3 nonprofit that the CEF is today. John has served on the board in some capacity ever since that luncheon.
Since 1997, the CEF has given out more than $1.2 million in grants and one day hopes to award every eligible grant application. With a variety of different fundraising events as well as being a recipient grants ourselves, we work to equip the teachers of the Collierville public schools with the tools and materials that are not budgeted by the school system. The CEF never wants a teacher to pay out of their own pocket for items we can provide.
It is my hope that you can help us with our mission. Whether it is the ability to support us by making a donation or volunteer to serve on the board or help with our events, the CEF would be honored and most appreciative as would the teachers and students that are impacted by your support. For all who have supported the CEF and those of you who will in the future, we say THANK YOU!
With Great Appreciation,