FEATURE – Having an education is an irreplaceable gift that lasts beyond K-12. The Washington County School District Foundation helps make that gift possible by providing extra funding to local schools and students.
The WCSD Foundation’s mission statement includes: “The students we serve are our future leaders of our communities, our state and our country. If our students are given a more enriched education and are learning stronger skills, they will help our country remain strong.”
“That’s what the foundation is all about,” Director Pam Graf said. “Helping children to become our leaders someday. With the growth that comes and the amount of students we have, the funding we receive isn’t enough to provide a quality education.”
There are a number of programs the WCSD Foundation has in place to enrich the education of students, such as Adopt a Classroom, Adopt a School and At-Risk Students. Donations made toward the Adopt a Classroom program are used to buy supplies or provide funding for classroom projects.
Similarly, donations made toward the Adopt a School program are used to provide funding for particular schools. Several businesses have been supporting the foundation and its programs for years, including Allconnect, BioLife, Boulevard Home Furnishings, Cache Valley Bank, Dixie Power and the Stephen Wade Automotive Group. Businesses can choose a specific school to donate to or ask where donations are needed.
The At-Risk Students program helps students and families with basic needs such as food, clothing and health care. It is perhaps the most crucial of the foundation’s efforts.
Donations don’t always have to be monetary contributions. People can donate services and equipment, such as musical instruments. One of the biggest contributors to the foundation is a supportive community.
“Support our events that come up,” Graf said. “When we do have a big event, we’d love to have (the community’s) support.”
Donations are tax deductible. Anyone interested can call Graf at 435-673-3553 ext. 5161.
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Written by Katelyn Boulton for St. George Health & Wellness magazine and St. George News.
Boulton is a student at Dixie State University and works as an intern for St. George Health & Wellness.
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