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ST VRAIN VALLEY EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INC

Enhancing student success and teacher excellence

aka St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation   |   Longmont, CO   |  https://www.stvrainfoundation.org

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Mission

St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide resources and educational opportunities, in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools and our local communities, to enhance student success and teacher excellence. As a result, our goal is to supplement the traditional education experience in ways that maximize the effectiveness of teachers and result in enhanced student achievement in an increasingly complex and competitive worldwide environment. We have the opportunity to positively impact over 32,000 students and 1,500 teachers annually. Our vision is to be the premier Foundation that empowers teachers, champions student success and supports education in contributing to a robust economy and a vibrant community.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Lark Rambo

Main address

PO Box 2598

Longmont, CO 80502 USA

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Formerly known as

Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley

EIN

84-0979954

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Our programs

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Teacher Innovation Grants

The Education Foundation encourages St. Vrain Valley School District teachers to submit grant applications for proposals which support the District's strategic direction, supplement standard curriculum and enhance efforts to meet student learning needs.

More specifically, we are interested in providing support for proposals that:
-(are) Creative and innovative in scope
-Results in improved achievement for students
-Focus on closing the achievement gap for under-performing students
-Encourages life-long learning

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Education Foundation awards over $200,000 in scholarship to St. Vrain Valley Schools high school graduates each spring. Applications for scholarship open in December each year and are due in March. Scholarships are reviewed by a volunteer review board. Scholarships are presented at an awards ceremony in May of each year.

Population(s) Served
Students

Supplies for Success provides students the school supplies they need to be successful as they start a new school year. In August of each year, we provide school supplies to over 5,000 students across St. Vrain Valley Schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Eleanor Venture Travel Grant honors the Foundation’s founder and longtime president Eleanor Flanders. This grant provides a teacher with an educational travel experience. Such an experience is expected to enhance the teacher’s classroom skills, expand curriculum options and ultimately benefit future students.

This annual grant provides the perfect tribute to Eleanor Flanders. Beginning in early WWII, Eleanor began putting away a little money here … and a little money there for her investments. She called the fund “The Eleanor Venture.” As time passed Eleanor used this money to travel … from her state college in Kansas to places all over the world. With each trip she felt renewed and energized, and her world view expanded. When asked how she might be honored upon her retirement, Eleanor looked back over her years and decided that the directors could best honor her by investing in a teacher – giving that teacher the funds for a once in a lifetime travel experience.

While such an experience can be given to only a few teachers over time, it is intended to honor all teachers and to tell them how important they are. It is expected that the trip would not only renew, energize and educate the teacher involved but that the teacher’s experience would be brought home to their classroom and to fellow teachers and students. It would provide broad-based benefits for a long time to come.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This awards program, sponsored by the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation, provides the opportunity for students, parents, volunteers, fellow educators, school staff, community members and business partners to recognize and honor individual teachers at the Pre-K – 12th grade levels in the St. Vrain Valley Schools who exemplify excellence in teaching. By paying tribute to teachers who have an extraordinary impact on the achievements of students, the Education Foundation and the community hope to honor the accomplishments of all teachers.

One teacher from each St. Vrain Valley School will receive the Teacher of the Year recognition for their school. Two other teachers from each school will be honored as Teacher of the Year finalists. From the school Teacher of the Year recipients, a district wide Teacher of the Year and finalists will be chosen. All St. Vrain Valley Schools are eligible for these awards!

Population(s) Served
Adults

A program designed to bring awareness to saving for post-secondary education by utilizing a tax-deducting 529 savings account. The goal is for every kindergartener, 1st grader, 2nd grader and 3rd grader in St. Vrain Valley Schools to have a 529 savings account. Account owners are able to apply for a one time $50 scholarship to a qualifying CollegeInvest 529 account. This program is partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools, City of Longmont and CollegeInvest.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

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ST VRAIN VALLEY EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 05/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Michelle Sulek

UCar

Term: 2018 - 2024

Brandon Shaffer

St. Vrain Valley Schools

Steve Payne

St. Vrain Valley Schools (Retired)

Don Haddad

St. Vrain Valley Schools

Kelli Kanemoto

Community Member

Paula Nelsen

Lascarco

Clint Stapp

Stapp Interstate Toyota

Michelle Sulek

UCAR

John Ahrens

Community Member

James Berthold

St. Vrain Valley Schools Board of Education

Geno Lechuga

HexArmor

Kevin Rickman

Brock and Company CPA's

Hilary Sontag

St. Vrain Valley Schools

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/14/2024

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female
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Person without a disability

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