August 2018 The GHS Educational Foundation's Impact
The GHS Educational Foundation is the only support group on campus that raises money and provides volunteer support for programs, supplies, and other needs that benefit all Grossmont students and staff. The Foundation’s motto is “Take Your Memories, Leave Your Footprints” with footprints being its logo. The money is raised by the Foundation through memberships and donations as well as annual interest from the GHS Endowment Fund.
In the past two years, the Foundation’s impact has been felt throughout the campus. Through Teacher Mini-grants, the Art Department received a PixelStick for night photography and a gallery to display student work. The Athletic Department received strength training equipment for track and cross country athletes as well as a gymnastics balance beam. Guitar students received a student recorder as well as 9 classical guitars and electric cords. Career Pathway students received promotional t-shirts they wear with pride every Wednesday. The Science Department received a hydrogen cylinder for chemistry and physics classes, and the chemistry students now have an augmented reality sandbox. The Drama Department received a short throw projector for scenery and special effects.
In addition, the Foundation supported student travel to local competitions in San Diego as well as student travel to national competitions in Washington, D.C. and Florida. With the Foundation’s help, Foothillers also attended a play at the Old Globe Theater, received monthly departmental Star Student awards, and test fee support.
The Foundation funded campus improvements including replacing a damaged Automotive Technology sign on the Auto Yard as well as restoring the Class of 1989 Grossmont High School sign at the entrance to the school.
Finally, one of the highlights of the year for the Foundation is awarding scholarships to seniors planning to attend college or training schools, this year giving a total of $6000 in scholarships. The winners were announced by President Tony Lawrence at the Senior Award night.
This year $500 Foundation scholarships were given to 8 students in 6 categories:
- Alumni:Chase Karlo
- Athletic Challenge Overcome:Andrew Valoria and Kamryn Correll
- Academic Achievement: Taha Yacoby
- Art-Music: Jennifer Burch
- Community Service: Kamryn Correll and Kelli Scott
- Ron Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Zach Jones
Also, this is the second year of the Ryan Wilcox Memorial Scholarships, whose funds aremanaged by the Grossmont High School Educational Foundation.
Two $1000 scholarships are given to students who have overcome their own personal obstacles - financially, emotionally, or physically - yet have still kept a positive outlook while facing these challenges. The students must also have a love for Grossmont High School community and have the Foothiller spirit that Ryan so treasured.
Ryan’s parents, Mike and Amy Wilcox, share, “We are so proud and honored that Ryan's memory and sweet spirit live on at Grossmont through these very special scholarships. Ryan loved his Grossmont family, and his positive attitude, perseverance, kindness. and compassion for others exemplified the true meaning of why "It's Great to Be Young and a Foothiller.” (To donate, visit this year’s Go Fund Me scholarship account at https://ca.gofundme.com/ryanstrong2018)
The two 2018 "Ryan Strong" Memorial $1000 Scholarship recipients are Andrew Valoria and Haley Cosman.
According to GHS Principal Dan Barnes, "Our Grossmont Educational Foundation members, made up of parents, staff, alumni, and museum directors, constantly support Grossmont High School through their generous giving of time and money. It is great to see how they care about present, past, and future Foothillers on a regular basis and continue to help build a quality school for all our students to attend.”
If you would like to support the GHS Educational Foundation, please visit its website at foothillerfoundation.com or mail a check payable to the GHS Educational Foundation at P.O. Box 1043, La Mesa, CA 91944.