VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 10/25/16 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 025 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

VBEF celebrates 25 years and awards
$125,000 in teacher grants

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF), established Nov. 4, 1991, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and awarding a record $125,000 in grants to support innovative projects and learning programs in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). The 59 grants and grant underwriters will be recognized at the Foundation's annual Teacher Grants Improve Futures (TGIF) Celebration held Wed., Nov. 2, at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with an art auction and reception catered by culinary arts students from the school division’s Technical and Career Education Center. A formal program will follow to celebrate the foundation’s anniversary, announce grant recipients and unveil the VBEF 2017 Commemorative Print. Online voting to select the 2017 print is currently underway through Oct. 31.

“We are grateful to the Virginia Beach Education Foundation and its donors for more than two decades of support by rewarding our teachers’ creativity and innovation with grants to extend learning experiences for students,” said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “We look forward to celebrating the foundation’s commitment to public education as well as the many contributions of its board members and grant underwriters.”

Through its Adopt A+ Grants program, the VBEF awards innovative learning grants and schoolwide grants that support classroom instruction and improve student learning and achievement.

Innovative learning grants provide teachers with up to $2,000 for materials, supplies and expenses related to activities, experiments and inventive learning opportunities for children. Grant projects range from computer coding and robotics to makerspace creations and leadership development activities.

Up to $5,000 is awarded for schoolwide grants, which are designed to support activities and programs that will benefit the entire school community.

All grants are funded through corporate underwriters and personal donations made directly to the foundation or through United Way contributions designated for the VBEF (#2581 VB Education Foundation). Over the past 16 years, the VBEF has awarded more than $1.43 million in grants to support innovative learning and achievement.

To read more about VBEF grants, projects and special events visit www.vbef.org. If you would like to make a contribution to the foundation's Adopt A+ Grants program, contact VBEF coordinator Debbie Griffey at 757-263-1069.

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