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| 1 min read | by Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com |

Lynn Fox, president of the Chelsea Education Foundation, presents the $10,000 donation made possible through the Mansfield Family Foundation to Beach Middle School principal Nick Angel.

The Mansfield Family Foundation of East Lansing liked what it saw in the Chelsea Education Foundation.

So much so that it gave a $10,000 donation to the CEF so it could in turn help with the idea Beach Middle School students created in the school’s own “Shark Tank-type” contest.

Chelsea School District Superintendent Julie Helber said the donation is for an outdoor learning space. The winning design idea came out of a project that saw middle school students answering the challenging question of how to design an outdoor learning space that will be liked by the entire school.

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The students conducted research, developed their ideas and eventually had to pitch their ideas.

Middle school students Teresa Smith and Olivia Hancock created the winning design idea that had the reward of it getting funding help from the CEF.

“The donation will certainly help,” Helber said. “Our middle school students have been involved in a design challenge that involves researching and designing an outdoor learning space. The money donated will make their vision a reality.”

Beach principal Nick Angel said, “We are very fortunate to have the support of the Mansfield Family Foundation and the Chelsea Education Foundation.”

Lynn Fox, president of the Chelsea Education Foundation, said the members of the Mansfield Family Foundation had seen CEF in local news reports and also reports on its grant funding to the Chelsea School District. One of those CEF teacher grants in 2018 was for the Beach Middle School Outdoor Classroom.

She said the Mansfield Family Foundation liked the innovation of the Beach Middle School staff as they had students put together a “Shark Tank-type” presentation to get their idea approved at the Beach School level. Teachers Amy Doma and Mike Lott put together the 2018 teacher grant request to CEF for the “winning” student idea of an Outdoor Classroom. 

“Anytime CEF receives donations, either $5, $10, $20 or any amounts larger, we look forward to the increased ability to fund teacher grants and scholarships to help enhance the educational experiences of all students within the Chelsea School District,” Fox said. “Every donation is important.”

Helber said the CEF is a wonderful partner with the school district. 

“This foundation was founded by Mr. Joe Piasecki, former superintendent of the Chelsea School District,” Helber said.  “I am so happy that this foundation has continued to thrive in his absence. The support that the CEF provides is another example of the support our community has for our schools.”

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