Foundation donates more than $142k to schools

When teachers in Vestavia Hills have ideas they wish to implement in the classroom, they know who to turn to — the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation (VHCSF). The VHCSF engages their community, raises funding, and gifts those funds to the school system. Through grants to teachers, schools, and the school system, students in the system are the real winners.

Graphic courtesy of VHCSF Facebook page

“We are so excited to be able to give generously to our school system,” says Tait Stoddard, the Foundation’s executive director. “We are really blessed to have a great school system.”

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1996, the VHCSF has donated more than $1.1 million the all 8 VHCS schools and to the system itself: $448,042.50 in professional development; $374,924.65 in technology; and $363,178.40 in classroom projects.

Board members of the Vestavia Hills City School Foundation.

For the 2019-20 school year, the VHCSF donated $142,169.55 in grants:

  • iPads and MacBook Air for Gifted Program per school
  • Student Podcast equipment for VHECH
  • Math Manipulatives for Math Program for VHECH
  • Funds to supplement the current library at VHEDR
  • Provide funds for a STEAM project to create Interactive Communication Boards using Makey Makey and Scratch 
  • Purchase 24 Chromebooks for VHCS
  • Provide funds to purchase a Vex IQ Robotics Kit
  • Purchase 7 LEGO WeDo Education for VHEE
  • New iPad lab for VHEE Kindergarten
  • Purchase Sphero Bolt Power Pack 
  • DIY & Design Tower Garden and STEAM project for LPMS
  • Provide funds for a Weather Balloon project at LPMS
  • Fund a Water Project for Pizitz 
  • Funds support a Digital Media Class for Pizitz for a literary magazine and broadcast ensemble
  • Fund Library at the VHHS 9th Grade Campus
  • Purchase Lighting and Sound Equipment for 9th Grade Campus Band Room
  • Purchase and Acoustic Shell for Choral Department
  • New iPad lab for VHHS
  • Funds to provide a ceramic studio for students at VHHS
  • Provide funds to expand Math instruction using Bridges in Mathematics for VHEW
  • Purchase a Swivl Robot for VHEW
  • Provide funds to support professional development for VHEW
  • Provide funds for the Leader In Me initiative for VHELP
  • Support BOE with Rebel Tech Gear
  • Support BOE with funding for summer professional development, DIY professional collaboration, and our Teacher Leader cohort
  • Provide funds for WEVideo subscription for VHCS 6-12 students and teachers

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