The Unit 40 Education Foundation began with the vision of some of Effingham’s business leaders, teachers, administrators, and caring citizens of our town. They created a non-profit foundation to raise money that could be given back into our school district to help all students in every grade and classroom.
Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and generated through many different sources: fund raisers, community business leaders, class reunion donations, memorials by individuals and families, individual community member contributions, and many other sources.
The Foundation directs money from these donations to benefit the students of Effingham Schools in many ways. Classroom teachers can submit grant requests for classroom resources that will enhance students learning, such as technology tools, band instruments, grief counseling materials, library books, reading materials, infant simulators, and lab equipment.
One of the founding goals of the Foundation was to present a scholarship to each graduating senior of EHS. We’re not there yet, but we still strive toward that goal. In 2016, there were 37 seniors receiving scholarships through the Foundation, given by local businesses, community members, and directly from the Foundation, and the number continues to grow.