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In times of dwindling state funding for schools, the Williamston Schools Foundation is working hard to enhance students’ educational opportunities through teacher grants. Your raffle ticket purchase will help us fund grants and you could win big! Three winners receive $5,000, $2,000 or $1,000* when the winning ticket is drawn on Friday, February 24, during halftime at the girls varsity basketball game at Williamston High School (vs. Portland).
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Williamston, Mich. – From Chromebooks to art literacy, iPads to a 3D printer, special music technology programs and bullying prevention programs, thousands of students, teachers and staff have benefited over the last 35 years from the mission of the Williamston Schools Foundation.
Founded in 1981 as the first public school foundation in Michigan, WSF is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization run by a volunteer board with a part-time coordinator. The mission of the Williamston Schools Foundation is simple: enrich and enhance the quality of the educational experience of the children of Williamston Community Schools. This is done through annual grants for project support not otherwise available from the district’s general fund. The foundation’s support encourages innovative educational opportunities and academic excellence throughout Williamston schools.
During the past 10 years alone, WSF has provided more than $450,000 in grants to WCS. The dollars used to fund these grants come from several sources: a healthy endowment and investments; memorials; planned gifts; payroll deduction by staff; United Way designations; unsolicited individual donations; and fundraisers, such as the annual golf outing, raffle ticket sales and lasagna dinner. The foundation also accepts online donations through the school’s website.
“We wouldn’t exist – and our kids wouldn’t be the ultimate beneficiaries – if it weren’t primarily for the generosity of the Williamston community,” shares Doug Monette, Williamston Schools Foundation Chair. “It’s also through a long-time partnership with the school district in which we keep open lines of communication about where the needs are and how teachers can be supported in bringing innovation into their classrooms.”
Teachers can apply yearly during the foundation’s grant cycle. Approximately $40,000 is given out each year, though it can fluctuate depending on the number and type of applications, according to Monette. The WSF board reviews the applications using set criteria that are shared with the teachers, and awards funds accordingly.
To celebrate its three-and-a-half decades of helping to bring success to WCS students, the foundation is raising its profile through a branding campaign and improved communication and outreach, Monette explains. It has developed a new logo, new materials, conducted significant awareness and perception research with parents and community members, and will be creating its own website this fall.
“Our research showed us that, unfortunately, despite 35 years of existence, we are largely unknown or misunderstood by the community. That needs to change if we are to grow and develop more partnerships with parents, teachers, businesses and potential donors.
“We’re doing this for the kids. Our own students either attend or have attended Williamston Schools. Some of us own businesses in the area. So we know what a great district it already is and where the opportunities are to make it even better. That’s why we’re here.”
Teachers provide very positive feedback about how the foundation’s contributions have helped them.
“The Williamston Schools Foundation encourages Williamston teachers to think big, dream and create enriching experiences for their students. WSF helped me develop an arts integration project, ‘A Mastodon is Not a Dinosaur,’ purchase developmentally appropriate science equipment, and take my students on adventures to museums, nature centers and more. Our classroom has been enriched by WSF's encouragement and support,” exclaims WCS Elementary Teacher Rebecca Durling, the 2012 Michigan Science Teacher Association’s Elementary Instructor of the Year.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.gowcs.net and click on “Williamston Schools Foundation.” The group also has a Facebook page with a variety of foundation-, education-, school district- and community-related information.
June 21, 2016 Contact: Amanda Frattarelli,email@example.com or 517.655.7513
For Immediate Release
Five Outstanding Hornets Win College Scholarships
WILLIAMSTON, MI – The Williamston Community Schools and Williamston Schools Foundation is proud to award the Ronald and June Stover Memorial Scholarships and Jubilee Scholarships to five outstanding seniors.
The Ronald and June Stover Memorial Scholarship awards three annual $2,500 scholarships to students attending the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. The inaugural awards honor June Stover’s commitment to education as a school teacher of 43 years. The Jubilee Scholarships began in the 1970s with funds raised by the Jubilee, and two $1,000 winners are chosen each year. Both scholarship funds are administered by the Williamston Schools Foundation.
The first recipient of the Ronald and June Stover Memorial Scholarship is Kelley Catton, daughter of Kris and Barb Catton of Webberville. Catton maintained a 4.0 GPA at Williamston High School and will attend the University of Michigan to study Actuarial Science. “I plan to give back to my community by offering my own experience and guidance, just as previous alumni have done for me,” Catton offered.
The second recipient is Harrison Greenleaf, son of Ron and Michelle Greenleaf of Brighton. Harrison maintained a 3.9 GPA at Williamston High School and plans to study International Relations and Economics at Michigan State University. The final recipient of the Ronald and June Memorial Scholarship is Drew Smith, son of Kevin and Traci Smith of Williamston. Smith maintained a 3.67 GPA at Williamston High School and will attend Lansing Community College with a goal of transferring to Michigan State University to study Biosystems Engineering.
“Knowing June as a teacher, I believe there’s no better way to honor her memory than to provide support to kids who are furthering their education,” said Narda Murphy, Superintendent of Williamston Community Schools. “It’s an amazing gift!”
“We are so pleased to offer both the Ronald and June Stover Memorial and Jubilee Scholarships to exemplary seniors,” said Doug Monette, Chairman of the Williamston Schools Foundation. “Thanks to tremendous community support, the Foundation is helping our students become the leaders we know they will be.”
Jubilee Scholarship winners include Patrick Dickerson, son of Ryan and Sharie Dickerson of Williamston and Julianna Greenleaf, daughter of Ron and Michelle Greenleaf of Brighton.
Formed in 1981, The Williamston Schools Foundation is the oldest school foundation in the state. For information on the Foundation, go to www.gowcs.net, or visit their Facebook page.
How Does the Williamston Schools Foundation Enrich Williamston Community Schools?
Video courtesy of WHS students Shane Moore and Christopher Stevens
Williamston Schools Foundation Presents Annual Grant Check
Williamston – This year students and teachers at Williamston Community Schools received another big boost in the fun factor and reach of their teaching and learning, thanks to $40,000 in new monies granted by the Williamston Schools Foundation.
At the district’s May 16 school board meeting, the Williamston Schools Foundation presented its annual awards check for items funded for the 2015-16 school year, including iPads and new mobile carts of 30 Chromebooks each to the elementary, middle and high schools. These are items not covered in the school system’s general budget.
The foundation is currently only funding technology-related projects and resources. Although its distributions have been more diverse and awarded through a grant application process in the past, school district representatives – including teachers – told WSF leaders that technology was their greatest need.
“Keeping an open dialogue with the district helps us to know where our dollars can have the greatest impact. Our teachers and students are worthy of every chance to grow in their knowledge and talent,” explained WSF Board Chair Doug Monette. “Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, memorial gifts and events like the annual golf outing, lasagna dinner and Education Wins! raffle, WSF can provide a funding source that allows for materials and programs that truly enhance the quality of education in our local schools.”
Founded in 1981 as the first educational foundation in Michigan, WSF is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the Williamston Schools Foundation is simple: enrich the quality of the educational experience of the children of Williamston Community Schools through supplementary funds and resources that otherwise might not be available for the benefit of students' education. The foundation’s support encourages innovative educational opportunities and academic excellence throughout Williamston’s schools.
During the past 10 years alone, WSF has provided more than $450,000 in grants to WCS. Donations are accepted throughout the year at www.gowcs.net. Click on “Williamston Schools Foundation” to make a gift.
Allison is a talented artist who will use her design skills to persue a career in journalism and marketing, which she will begin next year at MSU. Allison won $100 and the priviledge of seeing her artwork around town. Look for her poster and don't miss your chance to participate in WSF's annual Golf Outing on May 21 at the Brookshire Inn & Golf Club!
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 Education Wins! Raffle
$5,000 1st Place Brian Posey
$2,000 2nd Place Jim Flore
$1,000 3rd Place Jerry George
Thank you for your support, the Williamston Schools Foundation raised over $12,000 for technology!
WILLIAMSTON SCHOOLS FOUNDATION SEEKING NEW BOARD & COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The Williamston Schools Foundation (WSF) has been enhancing educational opportunities at WCS since 1981. During the past 10 years alone, WSF has provided more than $450,000 in grants to WCS, such as new mobile carts of 30 Chromebooks each to the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. We are currently looking for new board and committee members to help us continue expanding educational opportunities for our students. The board meets quarterly and committees include Lasagna Dinner, Promotions, and Golf Outing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest or visit WSF on Facebook or www.gowcs.net.