It’s not just the chili that’s hot at Victor Point School’s annual chili feed fundraiser. It’s the parents and families – in partnership with the VPS team — that help spark innovation and 21st century learning for students. Each year, parents and staff rally to put on a community-wide fundraising event that brings families together and raises money to support the school and its tech savvy teachers.
The fundraising goal for this year’s chili feed was $8,000 and the event brought in more than $15,000. Over the past three years, the event has raised more than $24,000 that has helped develop a fully equipped computer lab, new playground and classroom science labs and much more. This year’s funds will help to achieve the school wide goal of providing technology that will engage every student every day at their particular academic level.
“It’s truly amazing how much time and effort goes into this event and how the families partner with our team. Not only in support of the chili feed, but everyday and through multiple different fundraisers,” said Jamie McCarty, principal for Victor Point and Evergreen schools. “Our Parent Teacher Club raises around $25,000 each year and it makes a huge difference in our teaching and learning.”
According to McCarty, Parent Teacher Club meetings are very well attended with an average of 22 family members as well as every member of the VPS team.
“Our school is like a family. It’s a wonderful and safe place,” said VPS parent and PTC president.
“There seems to be a tradition of respect at Victor Point,” added parent Christina Brooks who organizes the school’s annual Run for the Hills fundraiser. “The kids respect adults and each other and the adults respect and listen to the kids,” said Rebecca Looney.
Grandparents also get involved to show their support for the school. Susan Varner, whose family is new to VPS, said that everyday her granddaughter talks about how much she loves school.
“Every single adult in this building puts kids first,” said Varner, who volunteers regularly at the school.