Total Giving as of March 2016
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: $371,443.72
Classroom Projects: $167,956.55
Making the total amount given to school system:
Total Gifts to Vestavia Hills Schools: $782,983.27
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.
2015-2016 District Grants
Investing in Our Community
In 2016, VHCSF awarded 13 grants totaling $55,610 to the eight schools in the Vestavia Hills system and to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education. 2015-2016 grants were awarded in February of 2016. ts.
Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation 2015-2016 Grants
· Send four (4) teachers to the "Professional Communities at Work" conference in Atlanta for West
· Purchase set of Blue Bots, educators packs of Cubelets and IPad Minis for computer programming for East
· Purchase instructional materials, technology and professional development for Liberty Park Elementary
· Purchase Little Bots science enhancers for Cahaba Heights
· Provided funds to purchase materials for "Maker Space" area for Central
· Purchase Chromebooks and Sphero SPRK Balls for Liberty Park Middle School
· Provide funds to create a Writing Lab for Pizitz
· Provide funds for the "Green Roof" at VHHS
· Provide funds for District 2016 Summer Professional Learning and Design It Yourself Professional Collaboration
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.”