The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation’s fourth annual Caravan of Caring will be accepting school supplies and monetary donations to support Cape district students from August 1 – August 25, 2021.

CHEF officials are particularly interested in ensuring that students from low-income homes or those who are experiencing homelessness have supplies they need for success in the classroom. CHEF is also collecting monetary donations for technology and virtual needs for low-income students.

Materials needed include notebooks, binders, pocket folders, zip drives, loose-leaf paper, composition books, colored pencils, Crayola crayons, glue sticks, scissors and ear buds.

Supplies will be accepted through Wednesday, Aug. 25, at drop-off boxes at Lefty’s Alley & Eats in Lewes, Schell Brothers and Staples in Rehoboth, and Sydney’s Restaurant and Lounge in Milton.




CHEF to hold virtual Winter Jam March 26

By Ellen Driscoll | Cape Gazette

While COVID-19 has prevented large gatherings, the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation has found a new way to hold its signature fundraising event that benefits district teachers and students.

The 15th annual CHEF Winter Jam will stream live from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, from Mid South Audio recording studio in Milton. WRDE meteorologist Paul Williams will emcee the event, which features entertainment by Blue Label Band and a special appearance by Milton native and country music star Jimmie Allen.

Read the entire Cape Gazette article here.




You can now purchase your tickets for Winter Jam 2021 at https://www.chef-cape.org/winter-jam-2021/   This year’s event, which will stream live from Mid South Audio, will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  Tickets are only $15.00.  WRDE-TV meteorologist Paul Williams will serve as the Master of Ceremonies with entertainment provided by Blue Label Band.  We will also have a special guest appearance by Delaware’s own Jimmie Allen.  Winter Jam will also feature a virtual live auction, appearances by Bob Fulton (Superintendent for the Cape Henlopen School District) and members of the CAPE community, and a live gift card pull.  Don’t delay…buy your tickets today!!!






CHEF welcomes new board member Peter Carter

Cape Gazette
October 30, 2020

Peter Carter was recently elected to serve on CHEF’s board of directors. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation has elected Peter E. Carter to a three-year term on its board of directors.

Carter has served as the Essex County superintendent of schools for the New Jersey Department of Education, superintendent of schools for the Irvington Board of Education in Irvington, N.J., and superintendent of schools for the Ringwood Board of Education in Ringwood, N.J. Most recently, he served as the interim superintendent of schools for the Plainfield Board of Education in Plainfield, N.J., and interim superintendent of schools for the Hoboken Board of Education in Hoboken, N.J.

Carter retired to Delaware in 2005, but he still stays active in education, assisting his former colleagues as they develop their reopening plans and also serving as an expert witness in litigation involving education.

He received a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Fordham University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Hofstra University. Carter also has taught at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Wilmington University.

“Peter will make a great addition to our board,” said CHEF President Rick Grier-Reynolds. “He understands the many ways that a  foundation like CHEF, having worked with them in New Jersey, can support  the school district’s teachers and students.”

CHEF has been a nonprofit strategic partner of the Cape Henlopen School District since 2007.

For the latest information about how CHEF is providing Cape students in kindergarten through 12th grade with the tools they need to excel in school and life, go to chef-cape-org.


CHEF distributes donated school supplies to stock district shelves

September 21, 2020

For the third year, the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation’s partnership with local businesses is helping to stock the supply shelves of all the district’s teachers.                                                                         

CHEF President Rick Grier-Reynolds said the Caravan of Caring school supply drive supports teachers who spend their own money each year to buy materials for students who come to school without paper, notebooks, pencils and other necessary supplies.

The caravan stopped by all Cape schools on Sept. 11 to deliver bins of supplies to school administrators to distribute to teachers. Grier-Reynolds urged school principals to contact CHEF throughout the year if stockpiled supplies start to run low. Remote students will also be provided with materials via meal pickup locations, he said.

At the Milton Elementary supply dropoff are (l-r) Rick Grier-Reynolds, Calvin Jackson, Principal Beth Conaway and Stephanie Mastrangelo.

Grier-Reynolds said CHEF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that funds teacher grants for unbudgeted classroom projects, support for homeless and limited-income students, STEM initiatives, performing arts education and training, and programs to promote diversity and inclusion. CHEF awarded $48,000 in grants last year, he said.

Supplies were donated by community members and dropped off at local businesses. Grier-Reynolds said program sponsors included St. Edmond’s Catholic Church; Schell Brothers; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices; Seashore Striders; Johnson Orthodontics; Lefty’s Alley & Eats; Po’ Boys Creole Restaurant; Staples; Ignite Fitness Kickboxing; AAA Storage; and several homeowner associations, including Ladies of Pilottown Reserve, Redding Ridge and Sea Chase. 

For more information, go to chef-cape.org.


CHEF welcomes new board member Jennifer Noonan

August 23, 2020

The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation has elected Jennifer Noonan to a three-year term on its board of directors.

Noonan has worked in the children and family space in varying capacities for more than 15 years. Prior to moving to Delaware, she worked in New York City for the Nickelodeon Kids & Family networks at MTV, where she was a part of digital production and managed online video for Nick.com, Nick@Nite, Teennick and Spongebob.com. There, she developed a keen interest in librarianship and started working toward her master’s degree in library and information science at Syracuse University’s iSchool, which she completed in 2012. 

In June 2017, Noonan took the position of children’s librarian at Lewes Public Library. She has worked since then to broaden its collection and programming for children from newborn to age 12, and to increase outreach in the community, including strengthening the library’s partnership with the Cape Henlopen School District. 

“Jen has a passion for making sure young people have access to information and books, and has spearheaded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Keep Cape Reading initiative in the Cape Henlopen School District,” said CHEF President Rick Grier-Reynolds. “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expanded to a five-district pilot by the state of Delaware in January 2020. Keep Cape Reading delivered more than 800 brand-new books to Cape students during the coronavirus pandemic at school meal distribution, and has begun installing bookshelves at local food pantries where children can select books to take home for keeps when they visit with their families.”

CHEF has been a nonprofit strategic partner of the Cape Henlopen School District since 2007. For the latest information about how CHEF is providing Cape students in kindergarten through 12th grade with the tools they need to excel in school and life, go to chef-cape.org.

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Because of CHEF’s belief in the arts and education, my daughter has received help allowing her to express her talents. Without CHEF’s help, this would have been financially impossible.

SHERRY GREENER, parent of CHHS student

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