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Superintendent's column: Education foundation offers opportunities

By BY ROBERT JAKLICH
Sept. 21, 2013 at 4:21 a.m.

Robert Jaklich

Each and every day in the Victoria ISD, we work extremely hard to achieve the mission of our school district. By focusing on "Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day," we are committed to making our school district a better place to be - one student at a time. With everyone's commitment and dedication to the success of every student, we indeed bring forth positive changes every day. A wonderful example of the power of positive change can be found in the efforts of our VISD Education Foundation.

The Victoria ISD Education Foundation began in 2008, and its primary purpose is to provide an innovative source of funding to support our school district's mission of excellence in education. The mission of the Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Victoria ISD that enrich teaching, inspire learning and enhance opportunities for students to become contributing members of our society. Since the Victoria ISD Education Foundation was initiated, it has raised more than $580,000 in cash and in-kind gifts and has awarded 126 teachers with grants to enhance our students' educational opportunities and 32 graduates with scholarships to achieve their higher education dreams.

This year's VISD Education Foundation Employee Campaign will begin Monday and conclude Oct. 8. This year's donation goal is $30,000. We invite you to join us as we strive to achieve this level of success and further support the hopes and dreams of the students who sit in our classrooms, the graduates who walk our stage, the families who wish for something more for their children and the teachers and staff who make this possible.

The Victoria ISD Education Foundation is an approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you have any questions or require further information regarding the VISD Education Foundation, you may contact Mrs. Cheryl Kroos at cheryl.kroos@visd.net or visit the foundation's website at visdfoundation.com.

Edward Everett Hale once stated: "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something, and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do." On behalf of our Board of Trustees, our VISD Education Foundation and our entire school district, thank you for choosing to believe in our students and for reminding us all that VISD is too great for small dreams.

Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website, visd.com.

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