The Visalia Education Foundation is a not-for-profit founded in 1983 that has as its mission "to identify and secure resources to promote educational excellence for the students of the Visalia Unified School District." The Foundation carries out its mission through community fundraising to make available:
Visalia Education Foundation announced the recipients of major grants to two Visalia Unified School District programs totaling $6,075.
The VEF major grant program is available to Visalia Unified teachers and staff for creative and innovative projects related to music, the arts and science or that support the standards-based curriculum. The foundation has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to VUSD programs.
The amount of money disbursed each year varies, depending on the number and quality of grant requests and availability of funding.
The grants are available to all teachers, staff, department heads and administrators to fund programs that benefit students if funding is not available through regular school sources,
Recipients of the 2015 grants are:
● Mt. Whitney High School, teacher Jordan Ray. Jordan is the director of the Mt. Whitney Band and he submitted and received $2300 to purchase two Macbook Pro computers to run audio software for the marching band, winter percussion and jazz band. The grant will enable the school to update their current technology in completing music performance in the electronic medium, including electronic instruments, sound board equipment, and digital effects. The grant was accepted by Principal Jeff Hohne.
● Oak Grove K-8 School and teacher Phil Villalobos received a grant of $3775.76 to purchase a tuba for the music department. With the addition of grades 7-8 at Oak Grove, the band program now includes an advanced band and the needs additional instruments to provide advancing repertoire, improve balance and intonation, and enhance the overall sound of the ensemble. The grant was accepted for Band Director Villalobos by Principal John Davis.