Education Foundation

Van Buren School District Education Foundation


Some of our latest grant winners:

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King  Elementary received a grant in the Fall of 2016, titled "Growing in Nutrition: Farmer's Market Style". Students enjoying their harvest of carrots are: Jacob, Wyatt, Jadian, and Rosalina

We have awarded 637 grants in twenty-nine rounds during our Pointer Patrol festivities. These grants, which totaled $867,779.42, provided teachers funding for innovative teaching programs.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Van Buren School District Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Van Buren School District to enrich, maintain, and expand programs needed to meet the district's stated mission of excellence in education.

The foundation will achieve its mission by directing resources toward the following goals:
• Encourage all students to work to their highest potential
• Staff support for innovative efforts
• Recognize staff for exemplary teaching
• Build Community awareness for the Van Buren School District Education Foundation
• Inspire parents and the community to participate with the school district in enriching education

Who We Are

  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt philanthropic organization of citizens.
  • Sharing a vision of enhancing education in the Van Buren School District
  • Working to increase private support for educational activities in the Van Buren School District.
  • Benefiting Van Buren School District Students and staff personnel by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars.
  • Awarding Foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.

Our Purpose

The Van Buren School District Education Foundation has been created to support the educational programs for both the students and staff of the Van Buren School District.

The foundation will provide funds for educational programs and activities which either have not been funded or have been underfunded by the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individuals, business and civic organizations.

Funding Priorities

• Innovative Teaching Grants
• Technology
• Staff Development
• Economic and Special Needs of Students
• Interactive Learning Experiences for Students
• School/Community Partnerships-Programs/Projects
• Student/Teacher Recognition Programs
• Author/Artist in Resident Programs
• Permanent Endowment Fund
• Endowed Scholarship Programs

How you can help.....

Your contribution to the Van Buren School District Education Foundation will be gratefully received and carefully appropriate to provide education opportunities for students.

Your support may come from contributions for cash, annual pledges, memorial gifts, real estate, stocks, planned giving or other in-kind gifts.

You can help by participating. The foundation welcomes the intangible and invaluable gifts of your time, service and wisdom.

Click here to view our board members (unlinked page with board members listed below)

Van Buren School District Education Foundation

Debbie James Thomas ’71 Executive Director
Christina Cazzell Administrative Assistant
Dr. Harold Jeffcoat Superintendent,

Board of Directors

Kevin Bell ’88Jackie Krutsch
Dustin BoothJustin Lovett ‘93
Caroline Brewer ’02Caroline Loyd
Anthony BrooksDaniel Loyd
Lindsey BrownPat Mays
Byrl Criswell ’80Rusty Myers ‘62
Marcia DavisDavid Neal ‘72
Alan DeFreesDavid Needham ‘82
Bill & Susan Dodson ’73 Woody Nelson
Jean Ellyne Dougan ’65Jim Petty
Bob Freeman ’73Maurice Sagely ‘45
Jacob Howell
Robbie Spoon ‘81
Nathan Hurst ’94Joe Stewart
William R. Johnston
Brian Summerhill ‘89
Ken & Vicki KilgoreCharley Williams
David King ’76
Fred O. Williams ‘70