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CHEF Winter Jam moves to spring

16th annual event supports Cape students and teachers with grant funds

Blue Label Band, shown at Winter Jam 2020, performed via livestream for the 2021 event. Funds raised by CHEF are awarded as grants to support Cape district teachers and students. FILE PHOTO

The Cape Gazette | Ellen Driscoll

December 24, 2021 

Spring Jam will take place May 20 outdoors at the Virden Center in Lewes. SUBMITTED ARTWORK


The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Winter Jam, will relaunch as Spring Jam in 2022.

At the Dec. 9 school board meeting, Superintendent Bob Fulton said the event will be held Friday, May 20, in tents on the grounds of the Virden Center in Lewes. 

This isn’t the first time CHEF has shifted gears during the pandemic to hold the popular fundraiser that supports district teachers and students.  Read the entire Cape Gazette article here.


CHEF distributes $15,000 worth of donated educational supplies

Caravan of Caring visits Cape schools to support teachers, students

Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation board members (l-r) Ashley Reynolds, Peter Carter, Connie Kaden and Gail Mack arrange donated school supplies for teachers to use in stocking their shelves for students in need. ELLEN DRISCOLL PHOTOS

Ellen Driscoll

September 1, 2021 

Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation members delivered more than $15,000 worth of donated school supplies to all district schools Aug. 30, helping to stock supply shelves for all the district’s teachers.                    

Now in its fourth year, 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 items.

Sydney’s Restaurant and Lounge, Lefty’s Alley & Eats, Schell Brothers and Staples hosted donation drop-off boxes Aug. 1-25, where community members deposited binders, pocket folders, zip drives, composition books, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, earbuds, sanitizer, tissues and more.

Read the entire Cape Gazette article here.



Shields Elementary student gives back to district


Shields Elementary fifth-grader Minnie Pettengell, who launched local business Sugar & Scrubs by Minnie in spring 2020, has created a Cape-themed scrub with 10 percent of sales benefitting Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation. ELLEN DRISCOLL PHOTO

October 12, 2021
For one Shields Elementary student, giving back to the community is an integral part of running a business.

Fifth-grader Minnie Pettengell launched Sugar & Scrubs by Minnie in spring 2020, initially to solve her own skin issues – bumps on her arms that couldn’t be soothed with existing products. So, she created her own base scrub she mixes with coconut oil, sugar, Epsom salt, and additional essential and scented oils.

She gave samples to teachers, who loved the products, and then started selling scrubs in a lemonade-stand format outside her home, said mother Brandi Townsend, a fifth-grade teacher at Shields. After positive feedback and strong sales, a business was born.

Minnie said she had to research what mixtures to use so the scrubs could survive heat and shipping, and through trial and error, perfected her recipes.

Read the entire Cape Gazette article here.