West Carrollton Education Foundation

West Carrollton Education Foundation

West Carrollton Education Foundation

A Foundation for the Future

Founded in 1989, the WCEF is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization. It is administered by a nine-member Board of Trustees who represent various groups within the school community. The mission of the West Carrollton Education Foundation is to raise private funds from community individuals, businesses, and organizations and to distribute these funds as classroom grants for student enrichment.

Annually, the WCEF inducts members of the greater school community into its Distinguished Service Hall of Fame and recognizes outstanding teaching with Dickinson Thetford Guiler Fellowships.

 
West Carrollton Education Foundation Annual Fundraising Campaign

The West Carrollton Education Foundation was one of the first in the Dayton Area to benefit a public school system. Thanks to our donors’ generosity, the West Carrollton Education Foundation is making a positive difference in the education of West Carrollton’s students. 

The West Carrollton Education Foundation and its funds are components of The Dayton Foundation. Leadership for the West Carrollton Education Foundation rests in our own community. Fiscal oversight is maintained by The Dayton Foundation, which serves the Dayton/Miami Valley area. This partnership allows for the West Carrollton School District community to benefit from local leadership and profit from resources pooled with others in investment growth. Your gifts to the WCEF are tax-deductible, and should be directed to:

West Carrollton Education Foundation
Attn: Treasurer, WCEF
430 East Pease Avenue
West Carrollton, OH 45449

More information is available by e-mailing Carrie Cummings at [email protected] or Brad Snider at [email protected].  You can also contact the Foundation through their general e-mail at [email protected].  

Elizabeth Robertson Super World of Work Impact Grant 2022

The West Carrollton Education Foundation is honored to present the Elizabeth Robertson Super WOW Impact Grant to the Super World of Work program staff at West Carrollton High School (WCHS). This is a $2,000 award in memory of Elizabeth, a proud West Carrollton Pirate who passed away earlier this year.

The Super WOW program helps participants develop practical skills so they can be as independent and functional in their day-to-day lives as possible. It is also an opportunity for socialization with peers and others. Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team. She loved school, and while most students look forward to holidays, snow days and any other opportunity to take a day off, not Elizabeth. She looked forward to school. She was that special student who said, “I miss school” as she passed WCHS in the car with her family. Her foster parents attribute this attitude to her inclusion in the Super WOW program.

Working in the coffee shop at WCHS gave her confidence that she could get a job as a cashier. It was one step in developing skills needed to live on her own.

While developing the hands-on skills was important, there was an even greater personal impact. Quoting her foster mother, Mrs. JoAnn Martin, “The staff and students in the Super WOW program gave Elizabeth a sense of belonging…. The sense of comfort, love and inclusion were just what a foster child and teenager needed. The program made her feel like a normal teenage girl.”

Elizabeth is a success story for Super WOW. Her presence and participation, despite health challenges, demonstrated her strength and character. Her legacy will live on in the use of this grant to train, encourage and nurture other Super WOW students.

A special thank you to Terrance and JoAnn Martin for sharing Elizabeth with the West Carrollton School community, and for sponsoring this grant which will certainly impact others in a positive way.

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A Message from our President, Carrie Cummings

 May 11, 2022
 
The last two years have been quite an experience due to COVID, but I am pleased to say the West Carrollton Education Foundation (WCEF) is a survivor!  We never stopped serving our school community.  Like many non-profit organizations, we had to find ways to continue our mission in spite of circumstances.  We learned to utilize technology and ultimately thrive in a virtual world.  We made some tough decisions that provided value, but also impacted the organization financially.
 
We made the decision to award grants in both 2020 ($10,188.59) and 2021 ($10,018.62), while not proactively soliciting donations during a difficult time, nor taking withdrawals from the resources set aside for endowment purposes.  Instead, it was accomplished by utilizing funds from our operating account that were previously generated from a combination of individual and business donations, and our annual fundraising Gala.  The Board believed strongly that the pandemic was a time to demonstrate support and encouragement for our teachers and students.  Awarding those grants was the right thing to do.
 
Although faced with a very limited budget, I am pleased to say we will be awarding grants in 2022.  However, we need your help to provide a similar level of funding as in the past.  Grants are foundational to what we do, but raising funds to strengthen the operating account as we move forward is critical.
 
Over the next two months, we would like to generate at least $10,000.  This will better position us to respond to both goals.  Thus, on behalf of the WCEF Board of Trustees, I am asking for your financial support.  There are two ways to give.  First, you can make a check payable to The Dayton Foundation, and write on the memo line WCEF Fund #3691.  It should be mailed to The Dayton Foundation, at 1401 S. Main St, Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45409.  Second, you can donate online at The Dayton Foundation website using the link below.   https://www.daytonfoundation.org/ccgift.html?fund=West_Carrollton_Education_Foundation_Money_Market_Fund_3691
 
Finally, instead of a spring fundraising gala, we are planning a fall event on October 6th.  Please stay tuned for more information via email, online at https://www.westcarrolltonschools.com/WestCarrolltonEducationFoundation.aspx, and on the WCEF Facebook page.
 
Thank you for all of your past support!  We look forward to hearing from you during this fundraising campaign, as well as your participation in future events.   This is a great time to reflect on past successes and strategies to move forward.  Our success is dependent on the generosity of others.  We hope we can count on you.
 
Carrie W. Cummings, President
West Carrollton Education Foundation 



Carrie W. Cummings, President
West Carrollton Education Foundation
Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Carrie Cummings, President  
 
Don Schweitzer, Vice President  
Dr. Brad Snider, Secretary
 
Erika Mattingly

Brenda Milano                        
 
Angie Shockley

Lisa Green, WC Schools Liaison 

 
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