School Engagement Grants

The Foundation for VPS provides opportunities so all students have opportunities that spark their interests, connect them to their passion, and help them envision and plan for their future success in college, career and life.

Each year, the Foundation provides funding to bring unique enrichment activities and experiences to students at all VPS schools.

Since 1998, the Foundation for VPS has awarded more than one million dollars to fund innovative and exciting projects that enrich student learning.

VPS educators interested in requesting an Engagement Grant for the school year should contact their building principal. For questions, contact:

Timothea Sutton-Antonucci

2021-22 grant recipients include:

Alki Middle School Owl discovery dissection lab kits, multi media visual art supplies allowing students to explore new mediums such as different clay and glaze combinations, special graphite pencils, and watercolors. Student art was displayed on campus and enjoyed by all teachers and students.
Anderson Elementary OMSI and Zoo field trips
Chinook Elementary Field trips; OMSI classroom/zoom, Salmon Creek Greenway (Salmon Release project)
Columbia River High Guest speaker Erin Jones on MLK and science lab supplies
Eisenhower Elementary School wide student keyboards to enhance ipad use across all grades
Discovery Middle School Therapeutic board games for the counseling department, supplies for the “lego lunch club”, pig and sheep heart dis-section kits, robotic kits, and playground equipment
Fort Vancouver High School Guest speaker Erin Jones on MLK, and an English enrichment OMSI field trip
Fruit Valley Elementary Klineline pond salmon creek regional park field trip
Hazel Dell Elementary Art supplies to support student and family engagement
Heights Campus School garden project including paint pens for rock art, building and hanging bird houses, and a compost bin for yard waste
Hough Elementary Mystery Science subscription and engagement supplies
Hudson’s Bay High School Guest speakers and presentations from Khalid El Hakin – Black History Artifacts and Erin Jones
iTech Preparatory Field trip to iFly for hands on physics experimentation, supplies for building on campus mini golf course
Jason Lee Middle School One Book One School project purchased the book Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt for each student for collaborative school wide reading and discussion. The message: each person is unique and is capable of overcoming obstacles in their lives was expanded on by motivational speaker and storyteller, Tyler Monk
King Elementary Field trips to the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Zoo
Marshall Elementary Salmon Creek Greenway Salmon Release project
McLoughlin Middle School Battle Ground Lake field trip with the entire 8th grade for data collection, field research and exposure to nature and outdoor activities
Minnehaha Elementary Supplies to increase student engagement and school citizenship
Ogden Elementary Winter wonderland outdoor family event with petting zoo
Roosevelt Elementary Student engagement supplies
Sacajawea Elementary Presentations from the “Reptile Man” and Portland Audubon Society about birds and owls
Salmon Creek Elementary Sensory items, weighted vests, and headphones to create a quiet safe space for students to decompress
Skyview High School Guest speakers and presentations from Khalid El Hakin – Black History Artifacts and Erin Jones, software for VR goggles for virtual field trips
Tangeman Center Compost bin to encourage waste recycling
Vancouver Flex Academy School wide Field trips to bowling, Portland Art Museum (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit, and the Portland Zoo with a tour and talk about zoo related careers
VSAA Supplies and transportation for a “day of caring” where students have various opportunities to volunteer in the com-munity
Washington Elementary Field trips

View past grant recipients.