AEF News

Press Release - Development Challenge Grant Campaign

The Affton Education Foundation (AEF) is pleased to announce its participation in a $150,000 Development Challenge Grant Campaign.

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 2016-2017 school year, we funded 33 classroom grants totaling over $30,000, and since its inception, the Teacher Grant Program has awarded 294 grants totaling over $258,000.

AEF’s support of Affton graduates takes many forms. We award 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. In addition, we encourage and support generous alumni in the establishment of other scholarships, and help 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.


Affton Community Approves Props I+N

By Erica Chandler

Affton family, thank you for supporting our schools and our children November 8 at the polls! The official results are in, and Props I and N have been approved by the voters.


Hall of Fame Gala moves to Redbird Club Join our goal of “Batting to $2 Million for Affton!”

Over the past decade, the Affton Education Foundation has racked up an impressive average when it comes to supporting the students and teachers of Affton. We enjoyed a record-breaking 2016 - and we truly “Hit It Out of the Park” with last spring’s Hall of Fame Gala. While proud of our accomplishments, and of our $1.7 million endowment, we know we can do more.


2016 Cougar World, Alumni Events Issue (download)

Click to download the 2016 Cougar World

Inside this issue:
2017 Hall of Fame Event
A Message from the President
Support AEF
Foundation Board
Hoots Golf Tournament


Welcome to the New AEF Website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! After several months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on June 1, 2016.

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about the Affton Education Foundation and also encourage visitors to get excited about all the AEF is doing to enhance the educational opportunities in the Affton School District.


Third Annual Golf tournament to benefit Jim Hoots Scholarship

Family, friends, colleagues, students, former athletes and Affton alumni meet every year to celebrate and honor Jim Hoots, a great man, and one who made a difference in their lives. Jim was an outstanding athlete and proud ‘67 graduate of Affton High School. He attended Missouri Southern State University on a full athletic scholarship, and went on to teach Physical Education at Affton High School, St. Louis Country Day, John Burroughs and The Community School… a total of 38 years. Jim was a very caring, giving and loving man who dedicated himself to the the lives of thousands of students and athletes. Known as the “Gentle Giant,” he not only had a profound impact on students, but on the lives of all he touched. He was loved by all who knew him. The Jim Hoots Memorial Scholarship was established after Jim’s sudden passing in October of 2013.


2015 - 2016 Affton Education Foundation Teacher Grant Recipients

Every year, the Affton Education Foundation encourages teachers to apply for grants to support their unique efforts in the classroom. For the 2015-2016 school year, a total of 31 grants were awarded to 33 individuals from Early Childhood Education through High School. AEF Teacher Grants enrich the curriculum by providing extra activities, technology and materials. Total grant monies awarded amounted to $26,432.62. The recipients were: