Visalia Education Foundation

The scholarship information and forms have been updated for interested Visalia Unified School District Seniors applying for scholarships that will be awarded in May. Twenty scholarships totaling up to almost $40,000 are available for this coming year. Applicants can apply for more than one scholarship using the forms available online or at the counseling offices of the high schools. Fore more information and to access the forms, click on the "Student Scholarships" tab to the left of this page.

2016 Scholarship Forms Now Available

          2015 Mini Grants Awarded


Visalia Education Foundation Board member Laura Pace presented checks to the principals of five teachers who were selected as 2015 Mini Grant recipients on Wednesday, December 9. Five applications  were funded for a total of $2351.61 in awards this year. To learn more about grants available from the Foundation, click the tab "Teacher Grants" on the left side of this page.

Those receiving funding this year were:

Susan Schieferle               Hurley K-6                                        $500.00
Elevated Garden Bed for Physically Challenged Students and Adults

Purchase and assemble a Handicapped Elevated bed. Master Gardeners of Tulare-Kings Counties will provide labor and run drip line. VUSD earth science curriculum will be incorporated into garden lessons. Open public workshops will be open to physically challenged adult and youth population in Visalia. Progress will be reported in school and local newspaper.

Maria Botello                   Ivanhoe 5th Grade                             $500.00
Learning through photography

Purchase Pentax K50 digital camera. Students will learn through classroom experiences that are aligned with Common Core objectives that incorporate use of the digital camera. Their educational experience will be enhanced by completion of projects requiring the use of a variety of multimedia tools. This is a study of plants, mathematics, art, and science. 1 hour, 4 days per week, shared by all three 5th grade teachers.

Claude Guillory III            Willow Glen 7th and 8th  Grade             $491.60

Show how photography can help kids in math and science by making calculations with camera, I0, lens and showing the chemical reactions with film, light and sensors.
Photography can help in History and Language Arts in that pictures can help with writing prompts or analyzing an historical picture for content. By bringing in photography it can open up the curriculum making it more layered, richer and deeper. 3 months, 4X 45 minutes a week in class and 20 minutes homework. 14-15 students, 1 teacher. Purchasing 3 digital cameras, 3 16GB memory cards, 2 tripods.

Melissa Link                     Redwood 10-12 English                     $360.00
Writing On the Walls

Create a writing contest open to all students in the English Department. Literature will be judged and the winning pieces would be published on 18X24 posters. In conjunction with the Art Club the pieces would be either illustrated by student artists or a separate art contest will be run and the winning pieces combined on the posters. Posters will be hung around the school with the hope that the visual art will attract someone to stay long enough to read the writing. Materials for poster printing and lamination and hanging.

Stephen E. C. Post           Redwood 9-12                                                   $500.00
STEM is the future
Beginning in November provide twice weekly for 2-3 hours (75-100 total hours) of support for both teams in studying and building for next year's Science Olympiad. Five teachers have committed to coach approximately 35 students. The materials will be used at 23 events with about 6-7 being constructions event requiring glue, balsa wood, wire, pine wood, nails, etc. to compete.

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 Band Showcase Held October 12th

The Visalia Education Foundation hosted the 13th Annual Band Showcase on Monday, October 12th at 7:30 P.M. This event has been graciously sponsored by ServiceMaster by Benevento for many years.  El Diamante, Golden West, Mt. Whitney and Redwood High School bands performed their half time shows. The high school cheer and dance squads also performed that evening.

The Band Showcase provides an opportunity for high school bands to introduce their upcoming half time shows to family, friends, and the Visalia Community. 
The fun-filled evening features great music and entertainment along with tasty concession stand food and drinks.

Proceeds from this event help purchase musical instruments and support music and performance programs in our VUSD schools. To learn more about the Band Showcase click the tab to the left titled "Band Showcase".