2020 SHOW + TELL
Dear Friends of UA+Ed,
2020 put “what matters most” into sharp focus. The Upper Arlington Education Foundation provided more financial support in grants, scholarships and awards than any previous year.
Beginning in March of last year, the Upper Arlington Schools faced unprecedented and urgent needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic that were compounded by a reduction in state funding. Providing Enhanced Distance Learning when necessary, and offering multiple pathways for instruction including a hybrid model and the UA Online Academy required additional resources.
With your support, the Upper Arlington Education Foundation was able to provide access to meaningful opportunities for each and every student throughout 2020. We supported technology to keep students and teachers connected, programs and materials to foster wellness and belonging, and funding for individual needs of students during this difficult time.
We are incredibly thankful to you, for being under our umbrella - Rain or Shine.
Alice Finley, Executive Director, and everyone at the Upper Arlington Education Foundation
2021 UA+Ed BOARD TRUSTEES
2021 UA Alumni Association President
2020/2021 School Board Representative
AD HOC MEMBERS
Paul Imhoff, Ed.D.
2021 Teacher Representative
Laura Mills Moore
2021 Teacher Representative
2021 Teacher Representative
To provide access to meaningful opportunities for each and every student.
An inspired and thriving community of learners.
Our expectation of quality and love of neighbor is recognized in all that we do.
We nurture relationships and cultivate partnerships for yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Supporting Innovation and Leaders
We fuel ideas and creativity in the classroom and beyond.
Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
All are welcome and have equitable access to opportunity.
Our hearts are big and our passion is education.
We listen and learn to align our giving.
Quarter 1 2021 IMPACT
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS in 2021
CELEBRATE A SENIOR
write up with link to participate
STEM WITH STEVE
TRAILS TO IMPROVEMENT
UAHS Principal, Andrew Theado, his leadership team, and students are incorporating organizational management practices with educational best practices to further the district's mission, vision and values.
Online Academy students have been doing hands-on science projects each week. As a special treat, Steve Spangler, an America tv personality, author and science teacher, made a virtual visit and shared some of his favorite experiments.
COLLABORATING WITH THE UA LIBRARY
A SPECIAL FIFTH GRADE BOOK CLUB
During a school year full of challenges, fifth graders at Barrington came together to read a book about grit and perseverance. A Long Walk to Water, set in Sudan tells the story of Nya, who fetches water each day from a pond that is two hours away.; and Salva who becomes a "lost boy" walking across Africa In search of safety.
A new outreach program between the UA Public Library, UA+Ed, and our five Elementary Schools is getting more books into our schools and offering the best and newest resources to our students.
MULTI CULTURAL CLASSROOMS
Tremont staff received professional development from Lorena German, founder of Multicultural Classroom, with the goal to build a stronger foundation for anti-bias and antiracist work.
The UA Alumni Association and UA+Ed hosted a final walk through the current high school building. Thanks to our student ambassadors for creating a place for everyone to leave their handprint.
The COVID-19 Crisis Fund was used to bring
author Rosalind Wiseman to our community. Her webinars, helped families and staff members to hone skills to support the social, emotional, and educational well-being of our students.
Rosalind Wiseman discussed:
• Defining the foundation for young people's happiness and well-being
• Developing mind-frames for families that support children's skills to create, innovate, and think critically
• Helping families guide children's friendships and social interactions during the pandemic and beyond
Elementary webinar took place on Wednesday, February 24.
Secondary (grades 6-12) webinar took place on Tuesday, March 2.
2020 BY THE NUMBERS
*Upper Arlington High School, Hastings Middle School, Jones Middle School, Barrington Elementary School, Greensview Elementary School, Tremont Elementary School, Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School, Windermere Elementary School, and Burbank Early Childhood School
New Endowment Funds
Joanie Dugger Educators of the Year Award
Three teachers will be honored each year with a $1,000 grant to support programs or projects of their choosing.
Pleasant Litchford Fund
This fund is designated to further the School District's focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
National Church Residences Fund
Unrestricted in use, this fund will support programs that bring community members together with students for authentic and meaningful learning experiences.
Emily L. Reardon Memorial Scholarship Fund
In memory of this UAHS 2019 graduate, an annual scholarship will be given to a student who reflects Emily's gifts of kindness, love and compassion.
Emily L. Reardon Memorial Garden Fund
A garden will be installed in front of the entrance to the Natatorium of the new Upper Arlington High School in Emily's memory.
Establishing a permanent endowment fund is a meaningful way to support students for generations to come.
Unrestricted Assets are used for:
Supporting our mission through funding of grants in the school district
Growing our endowment to support future generations of Golden Bears
Unrestricted Assets come from individual/corporate donations and sponsorships, fundraising (including the Golden Bear Bash), and investment revenue.
Flow-Through Funds are held in accounts for purposes consistent with the mission of the UA+Ed.
These funds may be created by donors to make funding available when it is needed the most. Flow-Through Funds may be temporary or long-lasting.
Designated Endowment Funds
Designated Endowment Funds may be established by donors to make a meaningful and lasting impact for today's learners as well as future generations of students.
Funds may be earmarked to support opportunities in specific subject areas, grade levels, schools, or other identified areas of interest. Endowed Funds are invested with Hamilton Capital Management and are structured to last into perpetuity.
All numbers are cash basis for calendar year ending 12/31/2020.
2020 VirtUAl Golden Bear Bash
In 2020, your safety was a top priority. For the first time in its 14 year history, the Golden Bear Bash was virtUAl.
Wonderful donors continued to support our mission by becoming 2020 sponsors.
50 limited edition BASH IN A BOX kits were sold out in under one hour! In addition, there were fantastic auction items available to bid on and win. Thank you Upper Arlington community!
Save the date! Golden Bear Bash!
September 5, 2021 - Whether we are in person or virtual, we will be back!
TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL IMPACT
BECOME A 2021 UA+ED ANNUAL SPONSOR
Family sponsorships start at $100
All sponsorships include website recognition
MAKE A GIFT
Mail a check or use a credit card online
Give in honor or memory of someone special
Thank a teacher or other UA Schools Staff member with a donation in their name
PLAN YOUR GIVING
Make a tax-free gift with an IRA
Designate the UA+Ed in a bequest
PARTICIPATE IN A GIVING PROGRAM
Make a recurring gift (monthly, quarterly, annually)
Designate the UA+Ed when you join the United Way
DONATE TO A DESIGNATED FUND
Grow an existing endowment fund or flow-through fund that supports a purpose meaningful to you
The UA+Ed has over 70 funds that are designated to support specific schools, subject areas, activities and more
Learn about these funds on our website: UAEducationFoundation.com/our-funds
Once a Golden Bear
Always a Golden Bear!
The Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) was established by the UA+Ed in 1986 to help Golden Bears stay connected and engaged after graduation. In 2020, the student ambassador program is helping to raise awareness and connection between the UA+Ed and UAAA. In addition to honoring the past, the UAAA plays an active part in the UA+Ed's mission to provide access to meaningful opportunities for each and every student.
If you are a UAHS alumnus, be sure to update your information and stay connected at Bearalums.com.
Illustration from the book Golden Bears A to Z
The Upper Arlington Education Foundation is aligned with and supports the goals and plans of the Upper Arlington City School District. Our mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for each and every student and we are proud to provide resources for programs and projects focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value the unique experiences and backgrounds of our community of donors, fund advisors, staff, board members, volunteers, and school district employees as we work together to further our mission. Upper Arlington is an excellent school system, but there is work to be done. We take seriously the importance of students feeling a sense of belonging, safety, and inspiration to reach their full potential.
Looking forward to 2021 and beyond, the Upper Arlington Education Foundation will
• Assess our own processes and policies, including grantmaking, to ensure equity among students;
• Provide continued board and staff development opportunities in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion that will allow us to continue to support the strategic vision of the School District;
• Partner with our community to ensure needed resources are available to those who are working passionately on behalf of each and every student in Upper Arlington.
Upper Arlington Education Foundation Staff
Alice Finley, Executive Director
Megan Lewis Potts, Assistant Director
Jennifer Rigney, Operations Associate
Meghan Obergefell, Operations Associate