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Vandalia-Butler Foundation

Feb. 19, 2020

Contact: Jean Maychack

937-890-8400 or jean@vancongc.com





The Vandalia-Butler Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Endowment Fund, has awarded more than $24,000 in educational grants to support a dozen initiatives, including materials for biomedical sciences classes at the high school, ukuleles for middle-grade students and a trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum for elementary school students.

Not only is this disbursement of $24,076 in grants a new record, it’s also a milestone.

“We set a goal years ago to fund $20,000 in grants by 2020, and, thanks to the generous support of businesses, families, individuals and teachers, we surpassed it,” said Jean Maychack, president of the Vandalia-Butler Foundation. “This is a testament to the generosity of our community — and the belief that a quality education is a stepping stone to success in work and life.

“It’s also a testament to the leadership of Greg Toman and the Foundation’s education committee who devote considerable energy and time toward raising money and awareness about the difference these grants can make in the lives of teachers and children,” she said.

Here are this year’s educational grants:

• $11,259 to Butler High School — $5,000 for materials and supplies for new biomedical sciences classes in the Project Lead the Way curriculum; $3,845 for lighting improvements in the Performing Arts Theatre; $2,258 for studio-quality computers for media production classes; and $156 for a real-life math curriculum aid.

• $7,384 to Smith Middle School  — all enhancements for a widely used vocal and instrumental music curriculum, including a soprano xylophone, 45 ukuleles, vocal and instrumental music, music notation board and a storage cart for music stands.

• $3,000 to Helke Elementary School — $2,100 for a Muse Machine artist-in-residence for first graders to work with a professional actor to create an original script, music and choreography for a live production and $900 to help fund a third grade trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, particularly for families who cannot afford the extra expense.

• $1,833 to Demmitt Elementary School — $1,183 for speech-language assessment kits and $650 for communication devices, largely to assist students with special needs.

• $600 to Vandalia Preschool — a climbing apparatus and other outdoor play items to build gross motor skills.



“It’s a privilege to help support creative teaching opportunities and spark a love of learning in children,” said Toman, who coordinated and led the selection process. “We were fortunate to be able to fund every grant application we received this year.”

The bulk of the funding — $16,898 — came from the VISIONS Endowment Fund.  Other grants were supported by the Cotterman Fund ($2,433), A.R.T.S. Fund ($3,845) and the Mary Ann Wietzel “What’s In It For Kids?” Fund ($900).

Since 2002, more than $120,000 has been granted to support learning opportunities for students in the district.

For those wishing to make a contribution to the VISIONS Endowment Fund, tax-deductible donations can be mailed to VISIONS Endowment Fund, c/o The Dayton Foundation, 1401 S. Main St., Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45409-2600. To make an online donation, visit www. visionsendowmentfund.org.

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation and its funds are components of The Dayton Foundation.  Leadership for The Vandalia-Butler Foundation rests in our own community, while fiscal oversight of our funds is maintained by The Dayton Foundation, which serves the Dayton/Miami Valley area.  This partnership allows for the Vandalia-Butler community to benefit from local leadership and profit from resources pooled with others for investment growth.




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