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.

 

Warmly,

 

 

Alice Finley, Executive Director, and everyone at the Upper Arlington Education Foundation

2021 UA+Ed BOARD TRUSTEES

Jennifer Overmyer

2021 Chair

Beth Maisenbacher

2021 Treasurer

 

Todd Beekman

Sven Bergmann

 

Kelly Cantwell

Nic Fortkamp

 

Angela Lanctot

Mitva Patel

Matt Petersen

 

Karri Schildmeyer

 

Randi Stummer

Jana Tice

Craig Zimpher

 

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Jack Graf

2021 UA Alumni Association President

Scott McKenzie

2020/2021 School Board Representative

 

AD HOC MEMBERS

Blair Adams

Matt Stout

Paul Imhoff, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Jill Merkle

2021 Teacher Representative

Laura Mills Moore

2021 Teacher Representative

Shannon Riley

2021 Teacher Representative

Our Mission

To provide access to meaningful opportunities for each and every student.

 

Vision

An inspired and thriving community of learners.

 

Values

 

Honoring Community

  • Our expectation of quality and love of neighbor is recognized in all that we do.

 

Fostering Connections

  • 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.

 

Giving Generously

  • Our hearts are big and our passion is education.

 

Being Responsive

  • We listen and learn to align our giving.

Quarter 1 2021 IMPACT

GRANTS GIVEN

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.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS

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.

FAMILY SUPPORT

 

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.

FINANCIAL ASSETS

Unrestricted Assets

$822,550.02

Unrestricted Assets are used for:

  • Supporting our mission through funding of grants in the school district

  • Operating expenses

  • 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

$315,639.22

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

$1,738,682.96

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.

TOTAL  $2,876,872.20

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.

We

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!

MANY WAYS

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

 

Alice@UAEducationFoundation.com

 

 

Megan Lewis Potts, Assistant Director

 

Megan@UAEducationFoundation.com

 

Jennifer Rigney, Operations Associate

 

Jen@UAEducationFoundation.com

Meghan Obergefell, Operations Associate

 

mobergefell@UAEducationFoundation.com

Contact Us

Alice

Alice@UAEducationFoundation.com

614-487-5007 ext. 1120 

 

1950 N. Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH 43221

 

Online Resources

 

UA Schools                      UASchools.org

UA Alumni Association   BearAlums.com

Golden Bear Bash!         GoldenBearBash.com

            

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