Goals and Objectives
The Piper Educational Foundation provides a wide array of programs to meet the diverse needs of the students of the Piper school district.
The Piper School District strives to provide the best educational experience possible, with a goal of being a national role model to other districts. The Piper Educational Foundation supports and encourages innovation in learning. By providing financial resources to programs that are cutting-edge, innovative and original, it will foster passion and excitement for learning.
Teachers are continually choosing to pay for school supplies with their own money to supplement and enhance the learning environment within their classrooms. Statistics show that on average, a teacher contributes more than $1,000 annually. A supply room filled with pencils, highlighters, printer paper, construction paper and other office supplies.
Mini-grants encourage the development of unique and creative educational experiences that allow teachers to enrich student achievement, while at the same time alleviating the financial burdens placed on teachers of the Piper School District. Mini-grants of $500.00-$1000.00 will be available for immediate classroom needs, administrative grants or for teacher training.
In order to prepare the students of the Piper School District to compete in a global, technology-dependent economy, the Piper School District must maintain state-of-the-art technology software and hardware. Financial assistance from the foundation will allow the district to continually assess and upgrade technology as needed to improve the educational experience for Piper students.
The Piper Educational Foundation supports and encourages innovation in teaching and learning. By providing financial resources to professional development that is cutting-edge, innovative and original, fosters passion for teaching and excitement for learning.
Discretionary grants encourage the development of unique and creative educational experiences that allow teachers to enrich student achievement, while at the same time alleviating the financial burdens placed on the school district. Discretionary grants of $1000-$5,000 will be available to staff or the district. These grants will also provide funds for needed for an Emergency expenditure.
Higher education in Kansas has become unaffordable and inaccessible for many Kansas families. Having a college degree is becoming more significant and mandatory. Research shows people who possess a college degree earn at least an additional $800 per month. Establishing an annual $1000.00 academic scholarship gives name recognition and credibility to the Piper Educational Foundation and helps make higher education more affordable for some deserving Piper students.
The Piper Educational Foundation will continually seek endowment funds to strengthen the financial stability of the district as a whole, and create more unrestricted revenue streams. An endowment demonstrates the long-term mission and commitment of the foundation.
The foundation was originally started in 2008 and was developed as an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to help secure and distribute private funds to our public school system. It lay dormant until 2014 when a grassroots community effort was developed to re-launch the Piper Educational Foundation. The planning committee wrote official by-laws for the governance of the foundation which lay the groundwork for its organization and procedures.
Requests to join the Piper Educational Foundation board were solicited on the district website and the first meeting of the "new" Piper Educational Foundation was held in November 2015 when officers were elected. The board adopted a mission and vision for the foundation and started a long range strategic plan.
2016 saw a great deal of planning and development for the Piper Educational Foundation and the adoption of a long term strategic plan. This plan outlines specific programs overseen by the foundation and lays the direction for the foundation's growth. Over $5,000 was raised through the auction at the Fall Festival in 2016 and an additional $10,000 raised at Trivia Night in February of 2017.
These funds were then awarded to building administrators in the spring of 2017 for the enhancement of programs and technology in each of the district's 5 buildings. Our hope is to double or triple that figure in the 2017-2018 school year!
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