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A Foundation for Community Investment in Educational Excellence

The Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation is an organization charged with the task of assisting our community in supporting the hopes and dreams of our teachers and students.

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The Teacher Incentive Grant Program has been supporting special teacher training, high tech equipment and unique innovative programs at Vicksburg Community Schools since 1986.

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The Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation Scholarship Program was created in 1999 with awards ranging from $500 - $2,500 for Vicksburg High School graduates who wish to pursue further education for their life's goals.

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The Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation's Curiosity Grant program allows students from any grade level to apply for a special grant that would support innovation.

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Funding Innovation in Teaching & Learning

The concept of establishing foundations to support special innovative ideas has been used in America for decades. However, it was only in the early 1980's, as a result of the changes in the federal Internal Revenue Service regulations, that public school districts were allowed to establish educational foundations.

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The purpose of establishing the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation was not to supplant existing financial support for the school district, but rather to "...receive, invest and administer funds for the educational, literary, scientific, and extra-curricular activities of the Vicksburg School District."

In 1983, a group of interested citizens met to explore the possibility of establishing a foundation for the Vicksburg Community Schools. As a result of their efforts, organizational by-laws were developed, approved, and the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation was born.

For over 25 years, the Trustees have gone to the greater Vicksburg community for financial support. The Vicksburg Foundation, local businesses, civic groups, the school staff and private citizens have all been generous in their support. As a result of their generosity, the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation Board has been able to expend over $750,000 in support of innovative educational projects and programs.

The types of grants approved have been in the areas of scholarships, professional development for educators, special teacher incentive projects, instructional technology, the outdoor education center, introductory Begindergarten and Kindergarten materials, and Curiosity Grants for students with innovative ideas.

Come visit with the VCSF at the Community Tailgate in September. See us at the Vicksburg Holiday Parade in December, and don't forget the Duck Derby at the Old Car Festival in June! The Foundation is looking forward to another great year of supporting our wonderful school district!