Cherokee County Educational Foundation Awards $56K in Grants The Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF) kicked off the new school year by presenting teachers and support staff with $56,000 in grants. Since its 2012 formation, CCEF has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to support Cherokee County School District (CCSD) teachers, programs, and schools. “The Cherokee County Educational Foundation makes teachers’ dream projects a reality, and we’re incredibly grateful for the Foundation board, executive director, volunteers, sponsors, and donors who make its fundraising successful,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. The Foundation also supports initiatives including credit recovery scholarships for high school students, STEM learning, and the Teacher of the Year recognition program. These funds are raised through events as well as direct donations, which can be made online at CherokeeCountyEducationalFoundation.org.