CHEF welcomes new board member Peter Carter
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
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.
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
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.
Regardless of where students will be participating in classes, many in the community will not be able to afford the extensive list of required school supplies.
This initiative is intended to help district homeless and low-income students who come to school without paper, notebooks, pencils and other necessary supplies.
Supplies will be collected at Lefty’s on behalf of CHEF up until Wednesday, Aug. 26, at which point they will be distributed throughout the district.
For more information and a complete list of needed supplies, go to chef-cape.org.
Freeman Foundation donates $250K to Beebe COVID-19 Relief Fund
April 8, 2020
Recognizing the crisis surrounding the coronavirus, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation is donating $250,000 to be used for COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment, and the well-being of frontline healthcare professionals.
The foundation normally supports and promotes innovative community-based leadership and giving, but its leaders felt compelled to step outside their normal giving window for this donation. They felt it is important to help keep their employees, this community and healthcare providers safe.
Read the Cape Gazette article here.
During the state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, SoDel Concepts has offered takeout at 11 of its 12 restaurants. Online ordering and payment are available at each location. “For everyone’s safety, we’ve strongly encouraged contactless curbside pickup,” said Scott Kammerer, SoDel Concepts president.
To donate directly to the Beebe fund, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/donate-funds-covid-19-relief. For a list of SoDel Concepts restaurants with carryout menus, go to www.sodelconcepts.com/carryoutmenus.
March 19, 2020 Update: 3:31pm
The Cape Henlopen School District has revised and updated the Student Meal Delivery Schedule. You can download it here.
Changes/Updates are as follows:
- We have switched the Rehoboth Walmart delivery location to Sea Air Avenue. Meals can be picked up in the parking lot behind PNC, look for the yellow school bus.
- We have updated the arrival times for the locations. These are estimated times and may vary depending on traffic and how long meal handouts take at stops. Please arrive at the locations as close to the estimated times as possible.
SoDel Cares awards nearly $100,000 in grants to local nonprofits
SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to Delaware organizations. The checks were distributed Feb. 25 at the hospitality group’s corporate office in Rehoboth Beach. SoDel Concepts owns 12 restaurants in coastal Sussex County, and SoDel Cares was founded in 2015 to honor the philanthropic work of the company’s founder, the late Matt Haley. The foundation helps local organizations that assist children, at-risk youth and adults, and the elderly.
“The primary mission of SoDel Cares is to contribute in a positive way to the communities in which we do business,” said Scott Kammerer, SoDel Concepts president. In addition to the primary fall fundraiser, the organization holds the SoDel Cares 5K in Rehoboth Beach and the SoDel Concepts/Woodford Reserve Food Fight at The Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro. “The new events have allowed us to help more organizations than before,” Kammerer said. “It’s a lot of work to pull off each fundraiser. Organizing them is a team effort; the whole SoDel family gets involved. I am incredibly proud of them and their dedication to our community.”
Read the Cape Gazette article here.
Gallo Gives presents donations to community nonprofits
As part of its continual effort to make a difference in the community in which its members live and serve, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty’s Gallo Gives Foundation awarded donations to Delaware Hospice, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Milton Community Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, People’s Place, Immanuel Shelter and the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation.
Read the Cape Gazette article here.
The event featured a silent auction, raffle, food from local restaurants, and live music from Blue Label. All funds raised benefit educational programs for students in the Cape Henlopen School District, including 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.
To view additional photos from the event click here.