To Parents, Teachers, Alumni and Friends:
As president of Affton Education Foundation, I’d like to thank all of our donors for their tremendous support. Also, a big thank you goes to the members of our executive board for their continuing efforts.
The Affton Education Foundation is now in its 12th year of operation. Its original mission continues to be its guide – to improve and enhance educational opportunities and resources for all children enrolled in the Affton School District, and for the teachers who support them. Key to this mission is providing additional classroom resources and inspiring students to not only attend college, but their first choice colleges.
To fulfill its mission, the Foundation has been engaged in a variety of activities since its inception:
- Funded by the annual Hall of Fame Dinner/Auction and other gifts, each year the Foundation provides over twenty grants for classroom enrichment to teachers at all grade levels, Pre-K through 12. As of the end of the last school year, almost $228,000 has been awarded through this program in the form of 261 classroom grants.
- As part of the Teacher Grant Program, the Foundation encourages Affton High School students to sit for College Board Advanced Placement exams by offering AP exam fee cost reduction. This support was a key factor in Affton recently being named one of eight Missouri districts on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll.
- Initially funded through a matching challenge grant from William (‘63) and Nancy (‘65) Thompson, the Foundation’s endowment fund has grown to in excess of $1.7 million. Its income, supplemented by other gifts, is used to award up to six (6) renewable $2,500 college scholarships each year to qualifying Affton High School graduates. In addition, we offer up to four (4) $2,500 interest-free loans to AHS graduates each year.
- The Foundation lends its support to generous alumni in providing three additional scholarships annually: The Coach Don Kuhn Endowed Scholarship to Westminster College (full-tuition, renewable for 3 years), funded by Kent (‘58) and Judith (‘58) Mueller; The Rickli Family Endowed Scholarship to Truman State University (full-tuition, renewable for 3 years), funded by Ken Rickli (‘58); and the Jim Hoots Memorial Scholarship ($2,500 scholarship, renewable for 3 years), funded by the family and friends of Jim Hoots (‘67).
- Every year the Foundation sponsors a series of overnight visits to a variety of Midwest colleges and universities. Attended annually by approximately 80 Affton juniors and seniors, the trips serve to educate our students as to their various post-secondary options and to provide an opportunity that many might not otherwise be able to experience.
We’ve developed remarkable funding sources for our work. In addition to the generous support mentioned above, AEF receives gifts from numerous graduating classes, teachers, parents and friends. Members of our Board of Trustees provide significant and extremely generous financial support and, most recently, we gratefully accepted a substantial donation from 2010 graduate and Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient Markus Golden of the Arizona Cardinals. It’s clear that our supporters recognize and value AEF’s commitment to the Affton community, its teachers and its kids.
While we’re extremely proud of all we’ve accomplished so far, we look forward to the future with a sense of excitement and the realization that there’s still much more we can do. In that spirit, we’ve set a significant, but attainable, goal for ourselves - to grow our endowment to the $2 million mark - and we hope that we can count on your support in reaching it. If you’re already a contributor, we thank you and hope you will continue to be one! If not, we hope you’ll consider becoming an AEF donor soon. We need your help to increase our “slugging percentage.” Please join us in our goal of Batting to $2 Million for Affton!
Kurt Jaeger (‘79)
President, Affton Education Foundation