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:
2014 MAJOR GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Visalia Education Foundation announced the recipients of major grants to nine Visalia Unified School District programs at nine schools totaling almost $20,000.
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 2014 grants are:
● Fairview Elementary School, teacher Tootsie Rogers, in the amount of $1,200 to develop a school cafeteria garden.
● Goshen Elementary School and teacher Dave Card $740 for equipment used in their ongoing “Morning News” program.
● Hurley Elementary School, requested by principal Stephanie Gendron, in the amount of $2,100.23 for equipment to create a science lab.
● Veva Blunt Elementary School and principal Doug Cardoza, $3,000 for performance risers.
● Divisadero Middle School and Proteus coordinator Trinidad Rodriguez, $950 for after-school nutritional workshops in partnership with the Wittman Village Community Center.
● Green Acres Middle School and teacher Bob Kersey, $1,500 for equipment to be used to develop curriculum for Web page, graphics and video production.
● Mt. Whitney High School and teacher Paulo Aguila, $4,000 to replace equipment for the video production course.
● Redwood High School, teacher Mike White, $981.32 for student remote clicker and software.
● Visalia Charter Independent Study, teacher Ed Campos, $5,500 for a mobile music studio.