A Community Catalyst to Enrich, Engage Community Involvement is Essential to Education
Innovative Teaching Impacts Learning
Jeremy lacked confidence and hated to read at the start of second grade. With the help of his HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) literacy mentor, he read 70 books last year and advanced 5 reading levels.
“I wanted to give students the opportunity to have a real life experience in creating this permanent Veterans Garden Memorial that pays respect to all veterans who have served. In addition to WTEF, we have partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the American Legion and the Hoosier Patriot Memorial to bring this project to life––creating synergy between the students and our community. Students have had several major project days planting trees, flowers, and shrubs alongside local veterans who share stories while helping to maintain the space.”
More than 1,000 HOSTS mentors help 2nd or 3rd graders who are reading below grade level with 60 minutes of one-onone literacy mentoring one day a week. “I thought, when I volunteered with HOSTS, that I would change the lives of young people––yet my life has been changed by them as well.” Hosts Mentor quote about his students
Christopher Moore, Social Studies Teacher, Lynhurst 7th/8th Grade Center
Believe in the impact HOSTS mentors are making...
Empower and enrich innovative teaching ideas...
• $50 provides ten new books to a HOSTS classroom or lending library. • $100 adopts a reader for a month. • $250 introduces e-reading to students. • $500 provides a new book series to a HOSTS classroom. • $1,000 adopts a reader for a year. • $5,000 adopts a school for a year.
• $50 connects ten students to the curriculum through a program such as an historical performance. • $100 engages 30 students in literacy activities related to state standards. • $250 creates meaningful math activities for 50 students. • $500 provides resources such as equipment to teach computer repair. • $1,000 provides hands-on science activities like DNA fingerprinting.
and Stimulate Student Learning Honoring Excellence Inspires Achievement
Summer Enrichment Creates Year-Round Learners
“There’s more to teaching than test scores. It’s about relationship building and helping our students cope with life’s many challenges. The Seniors’ Choice Award touches the very heart of teaching and is a much appreciated affirmation of all that teachers do for students both in and out of the classroom.”
“We just wanted to thank you for creating such an amazing learning journey for our daughter. This endeavor will FOREVER drive her desire to learn. We, as parents, are forever grateful.”
Bill Gilmartin, Ben Davis H.S. Teacher
“The first adult to truly have faith in me and convince me that I am better than I thought. Helped me believe in myself.” “Changed my view on the world in so many ways, and for the better.”
“Thank you for taking me on a wonderful adventure all over the state. I had a lot of fun. My favorite thing was Tuesday when we walked in the creek and caught things. I wish I could explore the world every day. Thank you!” Anastasia, student
Student quotes about their teachers
Honor excellence in teaching and learning...
Impact summer learning opportunities...
• $50 celebrates a teacher named by students for making a difference. • $100 honors a Top 30 student. • $500 sponsors a table of teachers at the Seniors’ Choice Banquet. • $1,000 honors 100 seniors at the Evening of Excellence. • $5,000 sponsors the Excellence in Academic Achievement and Teaching Banquet for 150 students, teachers, and parents.
• $50 provides a scholarship for one student to attend a summer program. • $100 provides resources for summer robotics program. • $250 engages five students in a summer musical. • $500 provides materials for Science Summer Safari. • $1,000 creates summer enrichment opportunities for 20 students.
Legacy Gifts The Wayne Township Education Foundation (WTEF) is dedicated to funding programs that advance the academic opportunities for all students in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis. Our education foundation helps donors identify strategies that best fit their philanthropic interests to support students and classrooms in Wayne Townshipâ€™s public schools. The WTEF can receive donations in cash, public stock, restricted stock, real estate, limited partnerships, tax deferred savings plans, private foundation payouts or dissolutions, and more.
Donor-Designated Funds In addition to gifts that support annual programming, the WTEF also manages endowed funds through the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). Through WTEFâ€™s Endowment, donors may designate funds with a minimum gift of $10,000. Endowed funds honor or memorialize former students, community members, and staff members, as well as local organizations. Funds have been established for college scholarships as well as to support a programmatic need within the school district. These permanent funds create a funding stream for the designated purpose forever or for as long as needed. Endowed funds are established with the intention of awarding funds annually from the interest earned, while protecting the original principal investment. The WTEF will meet with prospective donors to share areas of need and to help donors identify an impact area that fits with their interests.
Wayne Township Education Foundation 1155 S. High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46241 317-988-7966