Total Giving as of April 2017
The Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation is a non-profit corporation created to provide ongoing and dependable funding for critical academic "extras" such as professional development, technology, and classroom enhancements. These extras benefit every grade level, every academic subject area and every student in our school system. Making an investment in the Foundation will help to fill in the funding gaps that can make the difference between a good school system and a great one. Your tax-deductible contribution is an investment which will allow Vestavia Hills to continue to be a leader in public education.
Since awarding it's first grants in 1999, the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation has provided to ALL eight schools and the Board of Education:
Professional Development: $383,444
Classroom Projects: $207,003
Making the total amount given to school system:
Total Gifts to Vestavia Hills Schools: $860,835
Our Foundation is an asset that is essential to providing everything we expect for our students. Your donation or pledge is truly an investment in our school system, and one that will continue to benefit you and your children for years to come.
We hope that every family in Vestavia Hills will make a pledge to the Foundation. Your pledge can be paid over a period of five years and is 100% tax deductible. Please contact the Foundation office at 978.8808 for more information.
2016-2017 District Grants
Investing in Our Community
In 2017, VHCSF awarded 13 grants totaling $58,851 to the eight schools in the Vestavia Hills system and to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education.
Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation 2016-2017 Grants
Purchase High Altitude Weather Balloon Kit with GoPro camera for Liberty Park Middle School
Create a Model Classroom with a variety of seating options and work spaces for Pizitz Middle School
Provide funds for District 2017 Summer Professional Learning and Design It Yourself Professional Collaboration
Provide funds for Vestavia Teacher Leaders Program
Provide funds to transform computer lab into a Virtual Reality Room at Central
Purchase Investigations 3 math program for Cahaba Heights
Purchase set of Blue Bots, docking station, backpack, iPad Minis, and Cubelets Mini Makers pack for Cahaba Heights
Purchase Osmos Wonders Kit for each classroom at East
Purchase 24 Virtual Reality viewing sets for Liberty Park Elementary
Purchase set of Blue Bots, 2 Educator packs of Cubelets and 4 iPad Minis for West
Purchase Fountas and Pinnell First Grade Book Collection for West
Purchase Units of Study for Teaching Reading for all classrooms at West
Purchase computers and cart for Exceptional Education Department at VHHS
Purchase new kiln for art and science students at VHHS
Provide funds to update Geometer’s Sketchpad, add additional seats to TI-Smartview software license, and purchase Kuta software at VHHS
The Foundation’s endowment is funded by contributions from parents, grandparents, and other community-minded residents and companies who want to ensure Vestavia schools have access to funds for educational enhancements. The Foundation is able to provide a perpetual source of funding for schools that is not federal or state controlled and can never be prorated in times of financial hardship.
‘’I strongly encourage all Vestavia citizens to become part of this endeavor by making a contribution to the Foundation,” said Shelia Phillips, Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent. “As everyone is well aware, we are still suffering from a loss of state funding in all school systems throughout the state. In Vestavia, we are very lucky to have the Foundation to help provide the support we need to enhance our students’ educational opportunities.
“We are proud to have one of the best school systems in the country. Funding from the Foundation helps continue this standard of excellence.”
Some of the grants awarded this year build on successful projects funded in previous years. This year’s $28,000 grant to the Board of Education, for example, will provide training opportunities for every teacher in the Vestavia Hills school district to further incorporate the state’s Common Core Standards.
“Providing this professional development training opportunity to all of our teachers is a huge undertaking,” noted Sheila Phillips, Vestavia City Schools Assistant Superintendent, “We would not have the resources to do this without the Foundation’s support. These training workshops benefit every school, every teacher and in turn every student in our system.”