Two evenings a week, families enter the gym at Roosevelt Elementary looking for education and personal connections. Upon arrival they’re often greeted by Hilda Lail, Family Advocate with Vancouver Public Schools’ Family-Community Resource Centers (FCRCs). Lail oversees The Plaza, a high-impact program designed for families from different cultural backgrounds to help improve skills such as […]

ENGAGING STUDENTS…Gaiser and Jason Lee Middle Schools Combined Orchestras

On December 1st, the Allegro and Presto Orchestras of Jason Lee and Gaiser Middle Schools performed in a combined concert for a crowd of approximately 500. The concert also included Oregon Hall of Fame group 3 Leg Torso thanks to a Foundation for VPS Engagement Grant awarded to the schools’ orchestra teacher, Ann Medellin. “I’m […]


Each year students in VPS join in the nation’s largest celebration of reading, Read Across America. Thanks to our community partners, there is a special tradition for first-grade students at all 23 VPS elementary schools. Throughout the weeklong celebration nearly 1,800 first-graders and their families celebrated with a delicious breakfast provided and served by Beaches […]

Sign up for the 2023 Couve Clover Run

9TH ANNUAL COUVE CLOVER RUN/WALK – 1, 3, 7 or 10 mile routes & virtual options Sunday, March 19, 2023 Grab your St. Patrick’s themed running gear and accessories, bring your family and friends, and run or walk a 1, 3, 7, or 10 mile scenic course and raise money for the Foundation for Vancouver […]

MAKING AN IMPACT – Wrap-around services support a family during a tragedy

Providing wrap-around services for students and helping to bridge gaps due to poverty are an ongoing focus for the Foundation for VPS. In some cases, support helps families facing hardships due to unexpected circumstances. Sadly, this school year a VPS student died following a tragic accident. There was an immediate need to respond to support […]

INVESTING IN STUDENTS…VPS levy will be on the February 2023 ballot

Invest in kids by voting yes on Feb. 14 Vancouver kids and community need your support for the renewal education & operations levy on the February 2023 ballot. The levy is not a new tax, it would replace the existing education and operations levies that expire at the end of 2023. If approved, the renewal […]


THANK YOU TO IQ AND ALL VPS STAFF WHO SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION THROUGH THE ANNUAL STAFF CAMPAIGN! iQ Credit Union started much like the Foundation for VPS, with a teacher’s shoebox and a handwritten ledger. Since 1940 they have grown to over 90,000 members at 16 branches. From the Foundation’s beginning, iQ has been a […]

MAKING AN IMPACT – Supporting Student Welfare and Engagement

In schools across the nation, the need for student behavioral and mental health support is unlike anything seen before. Many students are facing challenges adjusting to changes in their learning environments, recovering from lack of social interaction, and in some cases, coping with instability in their home life that has been amplified by COVID and […]

ENGAGING STUDENTS…PALs bring summer enrichment to Fruit Valley students

The Foundation for VPS provides funding throughout the year to offer students mentoring and enrichment opportunities for little or no cost. The ultimate goal is to increase engagement in learning, build confidence, and help connect them to their passions. Last summer around 100 children participated in the Mad Science, STEAM, and forensics camps offered through […]

Supporting students in the 2022-23 school year…

It’s back-to-school season! The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is gearing up to help students begin a new school year happy, healthy, and ready to learn. Donations to the Write from the Start School Supply Drive matched through 8/31! Your donation to the Write from the Start School Supply Drive helps Vancouver Public School students […]