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Since our inception in 2003, the Vacaville Public Education Foundation, in a partnership with the community of Vacaville, has raised raise millions of dollars for the students of the Vacaville Unified School District (VUSD). We fund programs that educate, enrich and keep children healthy.   Things like enrichment activities, sports, music,and many others that help our students become well-rounded adults and ready to compete in the global economy. Read more...

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Dear VPEF,

This is a long overdue thank you for your generous gift of the grant for our Scholastic News for one year for Padan Elementary's 4th grade. Our 4th grade team of teachers and students look forward to it every week. It has opened doors to the world for our students, and we are excited with every issue.

Our students have learn about environments around the world, endangered animals, ecology, how science and technology have designed prosthetics for children without limbs, global warming, recycling, and so many more topics that would not have been touched on without the use of Scholastic News.

One highlight this year was reading about Fiona the Hippo who was born six weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo. We read about her birth, the slim chance of survival, and the wonderful growth due to Fiona’s medical and care staff. We followed Fioni to her second birthday and were able to write a narrative putting ourselves in Fiona’s “shoes” and how she must have felt during this time. Our students developed a depth of feeling that many had not felt before. We felt her fear, happiness, joy, and love. We now have students wanting to be Zoologists, Marine Biologists, and Zoo Technicians.

Every week teachers and students look forward to the topics covered and what other new adventures we can take. There are even weekly opinion writing challenges for the students. We have so many activities to choose from whether it is in the magazine or online. Scholastic News has provided us with places to travel to we would not have before.

Thank you so very much for your generosity, devotion, and love of our students.


Kathy Pemberton, Eileen Dagdag, and Jessica Peurifoy

Padan Elementary, 4th Grade
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The Robots are coming!!! VPEF is proud to support robotics clubs at just about every elementary school in Vacaville. We are helping local schools build the next generation of engineers! Check out the Robotics workshop at Kairos Innovative Scholars home school program!

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Very happy to announce we just gave out our 5th Annual Ernest Kimme Memorial Scholarship to Vacaville High School’s Lauren Roe!

Lauren is quite an impressive young lady, straight A’s in all her AP classes, a passion for STEM and she is a very creative writer. She’ll be heading off to Grand Canyon University. We wish her the best and hope this $2500 scholarship helps her on her way!

Congrats Lauren!!!
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Dear VPEF,

As we come to the end of our school year I want to extend a Thank You to you. With your grant I was truly able to positively affect the achievement gap that exists between my English language learners and native English speakers. My students were able to experience hands on learning that provide authentic experiences that improved their academic vocabulary and writing skills. From learning, and explaining, how roller coasters work using Hot Wheels tracks and building roller coasters to successfully completing a PBL garden project from design to implementation. (This garden is available for viewing in the upper grade hallway should you wish to visit.)

Furthermore, we were able to hold our first ever photo gallery following a lesson on Dorthea Lange. Students took photos, put them on display, and then were asked to explain their photos and captions at a showing, while many classes came through the "gallery."
Your funding provided and augmented hand on learning.
This year, my students were engaged and glad to be part of the ELD program here at Padan.

Again, thank you for your support and investing in my program.

Jane Gallagher
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