GENESEO — The Geneseo Education Foundation is celebrating 25 years of supporting Geneseo School District students.
Formerly the Geneseo Endowment for Excellence in Education, the foundation was organized in 1990 to fund extras for district students. GEF Director Barb Fehlman said the foundation has provided “more than $2 million in financial assistance to a variety of projects and programs.”
The foundation provides programs and educational opportunities that exceed or extend the district’s present offerings, she said. Foundation funds "complement, enrich and enhance" the district’s educational opportunities and experiences for students beyond tax support, she said.
Teachers write grant requests to the foundation for projects. Foundation board members review the grant requests and determine which to fund, based on criteria that includes:
— Total amount of funds available for distribution
— The distribution of funds to all grade levels
— Projects that produce materials and programs that will benefit future students
Funded projects and programs have included technology, musical instruments and programs, visiting authors, educational materials, community cultural events, landscaping projects, teacher training, extra-curricular activities, robotics, scholastic bowl and field trips.
“GEF was formed to provide a means for all citizens to contribute to the continuation and expansion of quality education,” Mrs. Fehlman said. “The names of contributors donating $5,000 or more are inscribed on the GEF Monument in Geneseo City Park.
“The endowment continues to grow, through memorials, life insurance policies and donations in kind,” she said.
Information on donating to the foundation is available by calling Mrs. Fehlman at 309-944-3314.