To Parents, Teachers, Alumni and Friends:
WE DID IT! As president of Affton Education Foundation, I am pleased to announce our successful completion of our Development Challenge Grant Campaign. Since March 2017, with the generous support of many alumni and friends, AEF has been able to raise the $250,000 necessary to meet our Challenge Grant goal. Having met our goal, we are soon to receive $150,000 in Challenge Funds formed from donation commitments of $50,000 each from three generous alumni families:
· The Thompson Family Foundation (Bill ‘63 & Nancy ‘64 Thompson)
· David ‘78 & Datra ‘79 Herzog
· Kurt ‘79 & Carolyn ‘79 Jaeger
The end result of this 1 ½ year process is that we will have increased our endowment by a total of $400,000, thereby reaching our objective of a $2+ million endowment and securing a productive and bright future for our organization, Affton students and the Affton community.
AEF has supported the students and teachers of the Affton School District and community since 2005. Our original mission continues to be our guide - to improve and enhance educational opportunities and resources for all children enrolled in the district and for the teachers who support them. Our goal is to preserve the high educational standards of the district by providing additional classroom resources and inspiring students to attend college.
Each year, AEF awards grants for classroom enrichment to teachers at all grade levels, Pre-K through 12. For the 2017-2018 school year, we funded 28 classroom grants totaling almost $24,000, and since its inception, the Teacher Grant Program has awarded 322 grants totaling almost $282,000.
AEF’s support of Affton graduates takes many forms. For many years, we have awarded up to six (6) renewable $2,500 scholarships, and up to four (4) $2,500 interest-free loans, each year to qualifying Affton High School graduates. Now, with a secure $2+ million endowment, we will be in the position to increase the number of scholarships we award in the years to come. AEF also encourages and supports generous alumni in the establishment of other scholarships, and helps with the administration of same:
- The Rickli Family Scholarship to Truman State University (funded by the Kenneth Rickli family; full-tuition and renewable)
- The Coach Don Kuhn Scholarship to Westminster College (funded by Kent & Judith Mueller; full-tuition and renewable)
- The Jim Hoots Memorial Scholarship (established by the family and friends of Affton alumnus Jim Hoots to provide college funds for Affton High School scholar athletes; $2,500 - renewable)
Finally, every year AEF sponsors a series of overnight college campus visits that are attended by up to 80 Affton juniors and seniors. Having accomplished our most recent goal - as well as so much for the Affton schools - we’ve decided that it’s time to celebrate. We hope you’ll join us for the: AEF 15th Anniversary Mega-Reunion Gala Saturday, March 9, 2019 • Affton High School Auditorium & Commons
It promises to be an evening you won’t want to miss, so check out page 1 and be watching for details over the next few months.
Thanks for your continued support! We’ve counted down and met the challenge. Now we’re lifting off to a brighter future for the Affton schools and community!
Kurt Jaeger (‘79)
President, Affton Education Foundation