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Alexandria Education Foundation celebrates a year of impact

The Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation (AEF) made a large impact in the community in 2013.

In 2013, AEF:

● Awarded more than $90,000 in grants and gifts.

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● Grew the 206 Club to more than 250 members

● Increased the Endowment Fund.

● Held two annual events – the seventh annual Hall of Fame Luncheon and the fifth annual Jeans and Jewels Gala – raising nearly $10,500 to help fund innovative teaching ideas.

● Sponsored the Student Showcase Celebration and Alexandria Alumni Magazine.

● Developed a new mission, logo, strategic plan and communication plan.

AEF is governed by a group of volunteer citizens from the Alexandria area. Fulfilling their terms and stepping down from the board at the end of 2013 were Sylvia Christopherson, Jerry Hansen, Heidi Ryan, and Amy Wensman.

In January, AEF elected officers for 2014. Greg Trumm will serve as chair, Christine Pohlig Reilly as vice-chair, and Susan Scarborough will serve as secretary/treasurer.

AEF is a non-profit organization that operates independently from School District 206 but is fully endorsed by the Board of Education. Its mission is to support student excellence and expanded learning opportunities by securing and maximizing resources.

AEF strives to use its resources to support education programs not funded by traditional revenue sources.

Since 2009, AEF has invested more than $150,000 in programs for District 206 students. Donations to the Education Foundation are tax-deductible. To make a donation, visit www.alexandria.k12.