READLYN (KWWL) An eight-member foundation is raising thousands of dollars for an eastern Iowa School District. The Wapsie Valley Education Foundation or WVEF began in 2002.
Since then, it has contributed more than $130,000 to Wapsie Valley Schools through grants to teachers.
Tiffany McConnelee is a preschool teacher at the Readlyn Elementary School.
This is the first year for a preschool program at Wapsie Valley Schools -- and the WVEF helped make it possible.
The foundation contributed $24,000 just to the preschools in Readlyn and Fairbank.
"All of our furniture, playground equipment, books, toys and games and Jolly Phonics," said Tiffany McConnelee.
Twice a year, the WVEF accepts requests from teachers for classroom projects. The money improves curriculum and can even change the way teachers teach.
The WVEF purchased Jolly Phonics for all preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms. It's a new approach to teaching students to read.
"Everyday a new letter or blend is introduced we learn sound and action to go with it and they practice writing the letters," said first grade teacher Wendy Miller.
Miller said without the WVEF, there's no way she could have Jolly Phonics. At the high school, Jaime Henning is now teaching with a mimio board.
"They've helped me and they've helped so many other teachers throughout the high school and I know the elementary schools as well. it's been a great addition to our students and our education," said Henning.
Teachers said WVEF contributions greatly improve the quality of learning for all Wapsie Valley students.
"Whatever money they bring in, it comes back into our classrooms to our students so it can supplement our curriculum and helps our students in various ways," said McConnelee.
Teachers said their job is a lot easier thanks to the WVEF and community support.
The WVEF's largest fundraiser of the year is scheduled for Friday, November 19. It's from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Fairbank Legion.
The event consists of a dinner and silent and live auctions. A list of auction items can be found at the Wapsie Valley Schools website.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner