Total Giving as of April 2018
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: $396,144
Classroom Projects: $252,710
Making the total amount given to school system:
Total Gifts to Vestavia Hills Schools: $933,377
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. For more information, please email Tait Stoddard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017-2018 District Grants
Investing in Our Community
In 2018, VHCSF awarded 16 grants totaling $72,542 to the eight schools in the Vestavia Hills system and to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education.
Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation 2017-2018 Grants
· Funds would provide 145 titles, 6 books of each title (levels A-Q) for A Guided Reading
book room for the entire school to use at West.
· Funds would provide 6-packs of 48 titled (A-D) text to only be used by West Kindergarten.
· Funds would purchase the Lucy Calkins' Units of Reading and mentor texts for all grade levels at Cahaba Heights.
· Funds would provide training workshops for the teachers on the Lucy Calkins' Units of Reading Curriculum at Cahaba Heights.
· Funds would purchase teaching materials at the Cahaba Heights for the new MakerSpace room.
· Funds would provide a 1-year subscription to ArtEd PRO.
· Funds would provide 10 Retro Headsets to each of the ten 3rd grade classrooms at East.
· Provide funds for the Leader In Me Initiative at Liberty Park Elementary.
· Provide funds for the Leader In Me Initiative at Central.
· Funds would purchase MakerSpace materials for the MakerSpace initiative at LPMS.
· Funds would purchase Pizitz 8 sets of oxygen, carbon dioxide, gas sensors, gas chambers, and interfaces to allow us to use with our chromebooks.
· The grant money would provide Pizitz 11 recording "studios" for creating podcasts.
· Funds would provide StrenthsFinder Assessments and Instruction to all 2018 entering 9th Grade Cohort at VHHS.
· Purchase Rebel1Tech University expenses for the Board of Education
· Funds would purchase new ipad and carts to be shared between 5-6 classrooms.
· Funds for summer professional development and DIY professional collaboration. Continue professional learning emphasis from the school year and plan, organize and execute summer district offerings.
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.”