2018/2019 Foundation Board of Directors
Standing from left to right are Jeff, Markello, Betsey Dechert-Boss (Vice President), Dan Brunson, Peg Fletcher, William Wlodarczyk (Treasurer), Susan McClaren (President), Tom Metzger, Diane Schultz (Secretary) and Mary Kay LaForce
What Does The Foundation Do?
The foundation is dedicated to working with teachers to bring unique educational experiences to the classroom through grant funding.
Why Do We Need a Foundation?
Each project funded by the foundation is beyond the scope of the district's operating budget, enriches the curriculum and has significant impact on the quality of education for our students. As the financial gap continues to grow between what public funds provide and the cost of maintaining excellence in our schools, the work of the foundation has never been more important.
What Does The Foundation Support?
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $850,000 in grant support to teachers in the East Aurora Union Free School District. These grants have funded educational opportunities beyond the scope of the district’s operating budget, targeting areas such as innovation in curriculum and instruction. Virtually every department at each grade level has benefited from the opportunities afforded by the foundation. Teachers have been able to challenge their students through engaging and unique learning opportunities. They are encouraged to think creatively to develop projects that will enhance the education of their students and prepare them with 21st century skills.
How Do Teachers Apply For Funding?
Those interested in applying are asked to fill out an application form and make a short presentation to the foundation board. The innovative projects approved receive prompt funding for almost immediate implementation. After one year, the teachers are asked to report on the status of their project.
As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the East Aurora Educational Foundation relies on donations and community support to fulfill its mission: to enhance the educational experience of students in the East Aurora Union Free School District.
Donors to the foundation help shape our community, region, and world. Alumni, individuals, businesses, families and groups have the opportunity to make their hopes for our children and our community become a reality. Please help make a difference in our schools by making a gift today.
How Does the Foundation Secure Support?