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Spring packed with CEF events to raise funds for schools

There are lots of things to look forward to this spring thanks to the Claremont Educational Foundation. The CEF supports the Claremont United School District and has gifted $140,000 to schools and teachers so far in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The money goes toward arts and music instruction in the elementary schools and technology at the high schools. Here are some events in the coming weeks.

Toyota Prius Raffle

Tickets are on sale for the CEF’s annual Prius Raffle. For a chance to win a 2018 Toyota Prius, you can purchase a ticket for $20 or six tickets for $100.

Tickets are currently being sold by all CUSD schools as well as CHS Class of 2019, CHS Class of 2020 and CHS Speech and Debate with more groups to come. Groups will earn a portion of each ticket sold. Tickets can also be purchased from Claremont Toyota (601 Auto Center Dr.,), Claremont Heritage (840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.), Rio de Ojas (250 N. Harvard Ave.,) or any CEF board member.

The winner will be picked April 28 at 2 p.m. at Claremont Toyota, 601 Auto Center Dr., the sponsor for the raffle. If less than 1,000 tickets are sold, the winner will received a $10,000 cash prize. You do not have to be present to win.

The raffle has raised between $12,000 and $15,000 for the past few years.

Camp Galileo Claremont!

For a summer of science, art and outdoor fun, register for Camp Galileo at Condit Elementary School, 1750 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.

Camp Galileo is a weekly summer camp for pre-K through fifth grade students. This year’s themes include “Renaissance Adventure,” “Makers Workshop,” “Expedition to Everest” and “Deep Ocean Explorers.” The camps will run from June 24 to August 2.

Register by February 28 to save $25 per week, or register by Friday at 3 p.m. for camp sessions that begin the following week.

Family Coding Night

Learn how to code for free at the CEF’s Family Coding Night Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at El Roble Intermediate School, 665 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.

The event is for students transitory kindergarten to sixth grade and their family. There will be hands-on STEM activities facilitated by CUSD technology teachers, high school students and staff from STEM Center USA, a local organization that seeks to promote STEM education through robotics.

Email info@supportcef.com to register for the event.

Casa de Amigos

The CEF is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Casa de Amigos, their spring celebration and fundraiser.

The event will be held at the Garner House at Memorial Park, located at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., on Sunday, May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and for 21 and older only.

There will be dinner, drinks, gift drawings and live music from the local band Pride of Cucamonga.

—Jaimie Ding