Dear Friends of UA+Ed,
2021 was a busy year focused on providing meaningful opportunities for students.
With your support, a record amount of over $160,000 was given in grants, scholarships and awards.
UA+Ed's office moved to the Foundation Room in the new high school.
The Golden Bear Bash, our annual FUNdraiser, welcomed 500 guests to the Amelita Mirolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park.
UA+Ed embarked on a Strategic Visioning Plan that will guide us for the next few years.
We invite you to take a few moments to enjoy this SHOW + TELL and learn more about the impact you are making in our schools.
Alice Finley, Executive Director Jennifer Overmyer, Chair
& everyone at the Upper Arlington Education Foundation
2021 UA+Ed BOARD TRUSTEES
2022 Vice Chair
2021/2022 Investment Chair
NEW FULL BOARD MEMBERS 2022
Jack Graf '65
2021 UA Alumni Association President
Catherine Stewart Kennedy '99
2022 UA Alumni Association President
2021 School Board Representative
2022 School Board Representative
2022 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.
Kickin' It Live
Service Learning - Because I Said I Would
Thermostat Cultures Live
Passions with a Purpose
Greensview Kindness Squad
Upper Arlington Mini Gallery Project
Speech and Debate
DEI Themed Books JMS
Sustainability Club Andy Tice Memorial Field Entrance
DEI Independent Reading Books HMS
Summer Inspiration with Ecology
Class of 2021 Prom, walk-through & senior celebration
Hastings Middle School Spring Fling
Bear Paws for a Cause
UAHS Interactive Digital Storytelling Kiosk
Moving Towards Restorative
Art of Living - SKY SCHOOLS INTENSIVE PROGRAM
Multicultural Classroom Consultation
Jones Spring Fling
A Long Walk to Water Book Club
UAPL outreach collaboration project
Coaching Proposal - UAHS
The Farmstand Project
STEM/STEAM with Steve Spangler
Emily Reardon Garden
Joanie Dugger Educator of the Year Award - Tricia Fellinger
Joanie Dugger Educator of the Year Award - Margie Belair
Joanie Dugger Educator of the Year Award - Laura Kunkle
Lang. Arts support of Arlingtonian
Robin's tree leaves
Inspirit AI education program for student
Private Music Lessons
Washington DC trip Spring 2022
Legacy Capital Campaign
T-shirts for UA schools staff
Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX)
Change Makers / Calm Down Corners
Visual Art Glowforge Grant
James W. Baas Memorial Scholarship
Francis Richard Barnes Memorial Scholarship
Upper Arlington Class of 1959 - Charles G. Will Emerging Writer Awards
David Hajek Memorial Scholarship
Pat Hamilton Memorial Scholarship
Trevor Hartley Memorial UAHS Football Scholarship
Hysell/National Honor Society Award
Joanie Dugger Educators of the Year Awards
Keith Kreiger Music & Performing Arts Scholarship
John Lohse Science Scholarship
John Lohse Orchestra Award
Dr. Charles Wade Moulton - Cum Laude Banquet
Emily L. Reardon Memorial Scholarship
UA Rowing Scholarship
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS in 2021
UPPER ARLINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The Upper Arlington Alumni Association invited graduates and community members to take one last stroll down the halls of the High School in April of 2021. UA+Ed provided a grant to our Alumni Association Student Ambassadors who created a mural and invited visitors to leave their handprint on the building.
WARL PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT
Students working on their broadcasting skills received a grant for equipment including a recorder to capture conversations from a distance (eg. on a sports field) and a camera that connects to someone (or some dog) to give a unique perspective to viewers.
Students at Hastings Middle School welcomed spring by getting outside and celebrating together with games, dancing and fun.
Jones Middle School had a similar celebration with music and treats, both supported by grants from UA+Ed.
Teachers at Barrington are sharing their passions for cooking, knitting, coding, chess and more. Students get to try new things while learning STEM skills.
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. Bol, a "lost boy" who now lives in the Columbus area, will be visiting students soon.
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.
Over $27,000 was granted in 2021 for programs, projects and equipment to provide meaningful Science/Technology/Engineering and Math experiences at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
BEAR PAWS FOR A CAUSE
The high school welcomed FERRIS, a facility dog, this fall. Students in Mrs. Wilson's developmental disabilities classroom take care of him, train him and learn leadership, responsibility and life skills. Ferris has regularly scheduled "Ferris Forum" where all students and staff may come and experience a dose of puppy love. (Click below for a video.)
2021 IMPACT 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 Established Funds
JJ Blevins Memorial Fund
John Joseph (JJ) Blevins was a beloved son, brother, grandson and nephew. After graduating from Upper Arlington High School’s class of 2010, JJ went on to become a software engineer and coached baseball and football. He had a big belly laugh and a genuine heart and will be missed by all who loved and cherished him, especially by his family. The Fund will create a lasting memorial of JJ and will provide meaningful support and resources to students in the Upper Arlington Schools who have special needs.
UAHS Class of 1981 Leadership Fund
Members of the Upper Arlington High School Class of 1981, having benefitted from exceptional educational experiences, are proud to pay it forward to future generations of Golden Bears by establishing this Fund. The fund will grow over the next ten years leading up to their 50th High School reunion and will support programs and projects that provide students and staff with leadership skills valuable for their current and future success.
Reddy Family Fund
The Reddy family established this fund to support student centered opportunities that enhance the well-being and educational experiences of students at any grade level. Projects may focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, especially in supporting opportunities for students and staff to appreciate and capitalize on cultural and ethnic diversity. Subjects supported may also include STEM areas and Music.
Dr. James V. Allen Fund for Innovative Education
James Allen, an educational visionary in the Upper Arlington School District impacted thousands of teachers and students, many of whom he inspired to write and teach. He passed away on April 17, 2021 at age 74. Donations from friends, former students and educators made this fund possible. The purpose of the Fund is to provide resources for innovative educational opportunities leading to powerful learning, promoting students' well-being, building teacher capacity and fostering cultures of collaboration.
The Upper Arlington High School's student-produced news publication, the Arlingtonian, has covered events in the Upper Arlington schools and community since 1936. The co-curricular class meets one period every day throughout the school year. Every Upper Arlington High School student and faculty member receives a copy of each issue at no charge. Printing costs come from patron donations and ad sales. The purpose of the Fund is to provide support and incentives to the Arlingtonian students to enhance their ability to publish excellent journalistic editions while exploring increased, innovative and sustainable revenue streams.
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 the calendar year ending 12/31/2021.
Bash at the Barn
See pictures from 2021's FUNdraiser by clicking the button below.
Save the date! 16th Annual Golden Bear Bash!
Sunday, September 4, 2022
TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL IMPACT
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 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. We can be better together by sharing governance structure, strategy and resources.
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.