On Thursday, June 4, 2015, MVEF President Karen Heitkamp presented the final check to the Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees and Interim Superintendent Kevin Skelly. This has been a great accomplishment, but we can do better! We will be significantly increasing our program support next year -- our fundraising goal for 2015-16 is $700,000. We'll need everyone to give more next year!
Thank you to everyone who supported the Mountain View Educational Foundation this year. We reached our goal with your help. Your contributions made it possible for MVEF to give the District $587,000 for art, music, science, environmental education, and middle school programs. Your donations paid for:
1688 Hours of art classes in the elementary schools
2009 Hours of music classes in the elementary schools
11 Choirs from all nine schools to sing on the stage of Shoreline Amphitheatre
630 Recorders to be given to fourth graders
470 Garden-based, experiential lessons in life sciences
to be offered to kinder to third-graders
203 Hands-on science kits to be replenished
792 Hours of playground & recess programming
63 Environmental education field trips and in-class programs from Hidden Villa,
Audubon Society, Environmental Volunteers, Marine Science Institute,
and more, for students in grades four to six
48 Coaches to train and inspire 900+ middle school athletes on 18 teams
44 Referees and umpires to work home games for basketball,
volleyball, softball, soccer & wrestling
80 Bus trips to ferry 18 sports teams to away games
148 Hours of afterschool homework help & computer lab access for middle school students
45 Workshops for fourth-graders to develop the attitude, goal-setting,
and self-esteem skills key to resilience and leadership
72 Special education students to have access to individualized language
and literacy programs and other assistive technology
77 Eighth-graders to go to Yosemite National Park on the pilot trip of the environmental education capstone trip – about 75% of them saw snow falling for the first time
350+ Sixth to eighth grade students to take part in extended-day programs
such as morning choir, jazz band, robotics, environmental club,
art club, dance teams, karate club, TV production, and more
5,052 Students to have access to programs that are essential
for a high-quality, well-rounded education
MVEF supports every student at every school, and we ask every family to give. Individual and family donations range from $3 to $16,000. While District families are the major source of donations to MVEF, we could not meet our fundraising goal without the support of the wider community. We have several anonymous donors who make significant gifts – we thank them for their generosity.
Thank you also to the many companies and organizations that support our students through donations and grants, including:
Our fundraising events and programs this year included the Spring Gala and Auction, the Home Tour, and the Realtors for the World Ahead. More than 140 businesses donated items and services for our spring gala and auction, and more than 30 companies and individuals sponsored the event. Six realtors sponsored the Home Tour in the fall. Three realtor offices and 28 realtors donated to MVEF’s Realtors for the World Ahead program. Our students are lucky to live in a community with such strong support for our schools.
Finally, thank you to the many individual donors who take the time to apply for a matching gift from their employer, and to the employers who supplement the charitable donations of their employees. This year, we’ve received nearly $80,000 in matching gifts from 35 companies.
The Mountain View Educational Foundation works collaboratively with the community to raise funds for essential programs with a goal of ensuring a well-rounded education for all Mountain View Whisman School District students.