Evergreen School District Foundation
As a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Evergreen Public Schools, the ESDF partners with our community to bridge the basic needs gap, foster innovative and engaging learning experiences and maximize opportunities to ensure that all students have access to a world-competitive education. Evergreen Public Schools is the largest school district in Southwest Washington, with 26,644 students, attending 35 schools supported by 1659 teachers. This growing population is increasingly diverse: more than one in three participate in free or reduced lunch programs; one in four students is an ethnic minority, one in eight require special education and one in twelve need transitional language support for English as there are 52 languages spoken within the district. Providing an excellent education that engages all of these students and prepares them for successful lives requires support beyond what the State funds. The Foundation Bridges Gaps: Given sufficient resources, every student, every teacher and every school can succeed and prosper. The Foundation steps in to fill the gap between what the District can provide and what the students need. We are working with the District to achieve its goal of providing a world-competitive education. Here are just some of the programs: Educational Excellence Grants - $30,000 awarded annually to teachers for innovative programs. The Pantry Project – Every High School has a pantry for student in need to have food, clothing and basic essentials. Annual Scholarships - $10,000 in college scholarships awarded for high school student achievement. Colonial Williamsburg - $6,000 or more awarded to send two to three teachers per year for special training. Principal’s Checkbook - $2,500 annual contributions to fund individual student needs.
We are currently focusing and raising funds for our Educational Excellence Grants - each fall all professional staff in the Evergreen Public Schools can apply for a grant to run programs that would be supporting academics in the classroom. Subject areas must include language arts, math, science, or social studies. We are also raising funds for our AP Scholarships. Each year more and more high school students are taking Advance Placement classes to not only better prepare them for college but they have the opportunity to earn college credits. At the end of the course the students take a test that has an $85 fee. With many students taking more than one AP class; these fees add up quickly. Our AP Scholarships program pays the test fee for these students.