Educational Excellence Foundation (EEF)



What is EEF?

EEF is the Educational Excellence Foundation serving Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists for the benefit of students in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

Who We Are:

The Educational Excellence Foundation (“EEF”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1985, for the exclusive purpose of providing financial and other support for students in Plymouth-Canton Schools.

Our Mission:

Helping students achieve their highest potential through strong community partnerships that enhance the P-CCS educational experience.

Our Vision:

EEF promotes a culture of giving that reflects this community’s passion for academic excellence.

What We Do:

  • Develop partnerships with community members, organizations and businesses.
  • Provide opportunities for community involvement.
  • Award grants for classroom innovation and enhancements.
  • Manage and administer PTO and Booster Group investments.
  • Generate and manage an endowment to support the present and future of this District.
  • Facilitate donations from those who want to contribute, but would like anonymity or guidance.

Programs We Support:

  • Classroom Enhancement Grants
  • Performing Arts Initiatives
  • Scholarship Coordination and Awards
  • New Teacher Welcome Program
  • Honor a Teacher Program
  • Planned Giving Focused on Education

Did you know:

  • Under Proposal A, passed in 1994, local communities can no longer raise taxes to support their own school district.
  • Real estate values no longer have a direct correlation to school funding.
  • Funding for public education in Michigan has been declining for many years.
  • Unreliable funding, increasing mandates and economic downturn are hampering our district’s ability to provide the high quality education that best serves our community.
  • Revenue has increased at 1/3 the rate of expenses, many of which are beyond the district’s direct control.

How can you support EEF?

  • Make a donation
  • Be an event sponsor
  • Volunteer
  • Underwrite grants
  • Commit to a sustained giving program

We believe:

  • Strong schools are essential to the quality of life and future well-being of our community.
  • Strengthening our schools directly impacts property values, attracts economic development, and reflects the pride we have in our community

How can I find out more?  

  • Read more about EEF, Board of Trustees, Sponsors and Donors HERE
  • Click HERE for a list of recent grant recipients.
  • Click HERE to view, print, or download our brochure

Educators and Schools


To learn more about EEF grant procedures and to apply for a grant, please click HERE

2016-17 Classroom Enhancement Grant Application

Event Gallery


Educational Excellence Foundation

E.J. McClendon Educational Center

454 South Harvey Street
Plymouth MI 48170

(734) 416-2718

Gretchen Ward, Executive Director

Gretchen Headshot