The Indian Valley Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to support and enhance the educational programs and opportunities in the Souderton Area School District. Initially founded in 1992, this organization has instituted many programs that are now integral aspects of the school district curricula.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and learn more about the work that the IVEF is doing to support traditional public education in the Souderton Area School District. We encourage you to take a few minutes and have a look around. By making an intentional effort to partner with the community, the Indian Valley Education Foundation is investing in public education to ensure the long term success of this district and the economic vitality of our community. Stronger educational programs benefit everyone. Join us in helping to build strong, community-minded leaders for the future!
- We invite you to take a few minutes to watch our video to see first hand how the IVEF is playing an active role in supporting the Souderton Area Public Schools!
- We are also pleased to share with you our 2015-2016 Annual Report.
WhAT'S New at the IVEF?
Guess Who's Coming
SASD Next: The Next Step in education
Heading back to school is always an exciting time of year. For the middle school students in Souderton Area School District, this year was no exception!
Every student in grades 6, 7 & 8 started their school year with a Chromebook laptop that will transform their learning experiences and classroom opportunities.
The IVEF Board of Directors voted unanimously to provide funding, in part, for the SASD Next initiative, developed by the faculty and administration of the SASD. The IVEF has been able to provide over $100,000 in funding so far. Over the next 4 years, SASD will continue to grow and expand access to technology that will ensure that all students and teachers have access to the technology they need to be engaged and invested in education at a capacity not seen before.
The IVEF is thrilled to be a part of this exciting opportunity for our students, and we will work diligently in cooperation with SASD to support this initiative every step of the way!
Please click here to see a video showing how SASD Next is transforming education!
Souderton Teachers MakE a difference beyond the clasSroom
One of the most important components to a successful Education Foundation is the support it receives from the school district that it serves. The IVEF is incredibly fortunate to recieve support from the Souderton Area School District on many levels.
While SASD teachers give generously of their time and talents each day, not many people know that they also give generously of their paychecks! Each year, teachers can elect to have a portion of their income directed to a fund that enables the SAEA (Souderton Area Education Association) to give back the local community. With a voluntary participation rate of approximately 85%, the dedication of our teachers goes well beyond the walls of their classrooms. The SAEA has been a long time supporter of the IVEF. Thanks to their generosity the IVEF is able to provide funding for unique and creative classroom opportunities district wide!
Thank you to the Souderton Area School District teachers for the work you do each day for the children in this community. We are honored to work in partnership with you to ensure that every classroom and every child has the resources and opportunities for success!
2016-2017 Mini Grants Awarded
One of the many initiatives the IVEF works to support is the Mini Grant program within Souderton Area School District. This program, available district wide each spring, encourages creativity in the classrooms. We know that SASD teachers are some of the very best at "thinking outside the box" and the IVEF works hard to support many of the ideas that takes classroom learning to a whole different level. This year was no exception!
The IVEF just awarded $16,000 for the 2016-2017 school year for various classroom opportunities district wide. The premise of this grant program is not to supplement existing resources, but rather to provide teachers with the opportunity to give life to ideas that they would like to integrate into their classrooms. Ideas that otherwise would not be possible. The best part of all this? This funding will reach an estimated 6500 students!
While the Mini Grant Program is is not a new resource to the SASD, the IVEF has been able to expand the funding provided thanks to the generosity of our donors. By simply participating in the Teacher & Staff Appreciation Campaign, supporting the Mixed Bag Fundraiser or playing a round of golf at our Annual Golf tournament, you are taking steps to ensure that these ideas can be awarded the seed money to flourish into programs that are a part of the curriculum.
Check back regularly to see the impact that these grants are having in classrooms around the district. Ask about them when you visit your schools! Remember them when it comes time to consider charitable giving.
For more information about the Mini Grant program please click here.
Dot & Dash are making a splash!
Dot & Dash are rather ingenious tools disguised as two cute little robots that enable students to explore and learn computer coding and programming. The appeal and application of these bots have spread beyond far programming!
Elementary technology teacher Jennifer Kling applied for, and was awarded, a mini grant for the 2014-2015 school year for a Robot Programming initiative that has taken off at the elementary level. That program is now being utilized in a Souderton Area High School Classroom as well. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Mrs. Kling, classroom teachers and special education teachers have been encouraged to sign the robots out and use them in their classes.
Recently, Mrs. Kling shared the robots with colleague Matt Montagna and his students in the Autistic support classroom at Souderton Area High School. Mr. Montagna introduced his students to Dash & Dot with the intention of having them work with the K-2 graders in the Carleen Caldwell's Autistic support classroom at Franconia Elementary. Earlier this month, the high school and the elementary students spent the morning together programming the robots. While the original grant was proposed as a robot programming opportunity at the elementary level, thanks to the creativity and collaboration of several faculty members, the robots were also used to help teach his older students empathy through their work with the younger students.
This is exactly the kind of momentum the IVEF hopes for when grants are funded each spring. Collaboration between teachers leads to exceptional opportunities for the students in SASD.
If you have a story about growth of mini grant opportunities in your schools, please contact us! We are thrilled to share the great news!
SALFORD HILLS PAYS IT FORWARD! Thanks to the generosity of the Salford Hills Elementary School Community, the IVEF received $960 in donations from their Holiday Giving program. This program allows families to make a donation in honor of a teacher or staff member that is making a difference.
Each year, a charity is identified to be the recipient of these donations and this year the IVEF was chosen. In the Salford Hills school song the students sing, “In this caring community of learners, we'll impact the future in a positive way.” Through this donation they have done that very thing! Thank you for your generosity!
2015 Staff Tribute Program! Thank you!
Thanks to the generous support for the 2015 “Staff Tribute Program” we were able to raise over $2200! That money will go to support the yearly Mini Grant program. The Mini Grant program is designed to enable our teachers to "think outside the box" as to opportunities they want to provide to students that would otherwise not be possible.
This year the IVEF was able to fund grants in excess of $11,000 district wide!
It takes more than dollars and good teachers to give our children the tools they need to succeed…it takes parents and guardians who care. Thank you for your support in the education of our community’s future leaders.
For more information about the Mini Grant Program please visit the Mini Grant page on this website.
IVEF Makes Donation to SASD
On Thursday April 23, 2015 the Indian Valley Education Foundation presented the Souderton Area School District with a check for $31,000 from the proceeds that came from the Harlem Wizards game held at SAHS on Friday March 20.
In a statement given on behalf the IVEF Board of Directors, Executive Director, RuthE Potter had this to say,
"Thanks to the overwhelming support of the school district administration, the faculty and the community, it is an honor to present the Souderton Area School District with this kind of funding. There is nothing that is more important that offering each and every child in this community access to an excellent public education. By working to bring our community together we not only can create memories that will last a lifetime, we have been able to raise funds that will go directly to support educational opportunities that would otherwise not be possible."
A SLAMMIN' Success!
On Friday March 20th, despite the snow and ice that blanketed our region, the warmth of over 2,200 people made for an amazing evening for the Souderton Area School District Community! Every seat was filled and smiles were plentiful. Thank you Harlem Wizards for sharing your magic with us! Take a few minutes to enjoy the slideshow below.
The game is also airing on SATV so grab some popcorn and click HERE to watch the game!
THANKS TO TOMMY MEEHAN'S PHOTOS FROM THE SIDELINES FOR HIS GENEROUS DONATION OF TIME AND TALENT IN CAPTURING THIS NIGHT FOR US!!
OUR 2015 SASD ALL STAR DREAM TEAM
A HUGE thanks to the companies and organizations that helped to make this event possible!
SOUDERTON AREA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (SAEA)
Univest Bank & Trust Company
Souderton/Telford Rotary Club
Harleysville Rotary Club
American Legion Post #234
Budget Store & Lock Self Storage
Thrivent Financial Services
Preston & Steve - 93.3 WMMR
Detweiler Laser & Aesthetic Center
Pennridge Pediatric Associates
A.M. Goshow & Son, Inc.
Indian Valley Scuba
"Farm to Table" Tapas Event:
September 26, 2014
A picture perfect fall evening set the stage for our SOLD OUT Farm to Table event held at The Local Restaurant in Souderton. Close to 100 people enjoyed celebrating the very best of the Indian Valley, our food, our culture, our artists, our schools. It was clear there is so much to be grateful for in this community! Proceeds from this event will be used to support the grant program available to teachers and administrators in the Souderton Area Public schools. These grants are used to promote learning opportunities in our classrooms that would not otherwise be possible. To all who attended, a sincere thanks for your support!
Thank you to our Farm to Table EVENT Sponsors!
Thrivent Financial Services
The mission of the Indian Valley Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving the Souderton Area School District, is to ensure the highest level of educational opportunity for students through a community partnership with public education.