TVFEE Awards $26K+ to Local Educators


Fourth annual distribution provides arts and science curriculum support for Grades K-12


TEMECULA, CA – January 14, 2015 –  At the January 13 Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Board Meeting, the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE) presented 61 educators with funds to support arts and science programs benefitting students at 23 schools in the Temecula district. Funded applications were limited to no more than $500 each; grants awarded totaled over $26,000. Since 2012, TVFEE has awarded over $80,000 to Temecula educators.

Formerly known as “mini grants,” curriculum support grants were available to educators in all TVUSD schools. Grant applications were due in October, and a foundation subcommittee reviewed requests. Grant recipients were notified in December. Per TVFEE guidelines, monies must support curriculum in arts and sciences for students in the current school year and must be spent by January 16, 2015.

Speaking on behalf of the district foundation, TVFEE Vice President Mark Katan congratulated teachers and principals.  “We couldn’t be more proud to support educators whose passion and creativity make a difference in the classroom. This is the fourth year our foundation has been able to fund grants.  Interest continues to grow, and we wish we could fund all requests. Unfortunately, our dollars are limited, and we had to focus on those applications we felt were within the scope of this year’s application and which impacted the largest number of students.

“Our mission is to enhance the teaching and learning experience for students through the donation of funds and resources from businesses and the community. We’ve come a long way in four years, and we hope to increase our grants each year,” he added.

“Community fundraising events – like the TVFEE-sponsored Taste of Temecula Valley and summer school enrichment classes, as well as financial support from the Great Oak High School Spirit Run from the Arts – enable us to support our teachers and enhance the curriculum for students.  We thank the community for its ongoing support,” he said.

Examples of the types of art and science grants funded include:

  • Keyboards, music games, piano courses for Vail Elementary
  • Cello and violin bows for Margarita Middle and Temecula Valley High Schools
  • Owl pellets and common prey display for Temecula Middle School
  • Lighting equipment for plays for Nicholas Valley Elementary
  • Cow hearts, masks, and scalpels for Crowne Hill Elementary
  • Band saw for solar technology programs at Rancho Vista High School
  • Art supplies for Gardner Middle School

Educators and schools recognized were: 

  • ABBY REINKE ELEMENTARY:  Jessica Duff and Janet Korts
  • BARNETT: Anita Lahey and Erin Nielson
  • CROWNE HILL:  Leanna Bush, Carolyn Davis, Elena Gelinas, Susana McNitt, Sherri Plaxco, Shana Reed, Michelle Stacy, Brenda White
  • FRENCH VALLEY: Lorraine Fritch
  • JACKSON:  Ann Sved
  • LAVORGNA: Holly Towey
  • NICOLAS VALLEY: Judith Tang
  • PAUBA VALLEY:  Diane Capehart and Laura Drlik
  • RANCHO ELEMENTARY:  Pat Butler and Carolyn Thomas
  • TEMECULA ELEMENTARY:  Lisa Brown, Sharon Gutierrez, Mary Jimenez, Kim Newman
  • TEMECULA LUISENO:  Rita Paladino, Karen Vogt
  • TONY TOBIN:  Michael McTasney
  • VAIL ELEMENTARY:  Frank Bantle and Robin Bull
  • VINTAGE HILLS:  Pamela Combs, Debbie Knapp, Renee Mills
  • DAY MIDDLE SCHOOL:  Kent Gerow
  • GARDNER MIDDLE: Paula Mead and Joanie Wolkon
  • TEMECULA MIDDLE: Alisha Coop, Jan Lindsay, Pauline Nelson, Robert Rasband, Susan Sarkis
  • VAIL RANCH MIDDLE:  Kelly Maxey
  • CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL:  Shirley Briggs, Candi Canizales, Dan Ford, Kristen Olko
  • GREAT OAK:  Brett Baughman, Carrie Burdick-Rutz, Jerry Burdick-Rutz, Mark Farrin, Ryan Garcia, Mark Harnetianux, Jeff MacLean, David Miles, Sang Park, Kim Randall, and Lora Sanders
  • TEMECULA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL:  Jeffrey Dodson, Janis Fuhr, Anthony Mendez, Dawn Murray Sibby

PHOTO CAPTION: At the January Temecula Valley Unified School District meeting, Mark Katan, vice president, Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (far right), presented 61 local educators as grant recipients for the 2014-15 school year. Among those recognized were: (Front Row, L-R)  Kim Randall, Renee Mills, Lisa Brown, Susan Sarkis, Pauline Nelson, Jan Lindsey and Mark Katan; (Back Row, L-R):  Frank Bantle, Carrie Burdick-Rutz, Pam Combs, Karen Vogt, Mark Harnetianux, Mary Jimenez, Kelly Maxey, Laura Drlik, Anita Lahey, and Lorraine Fritch. Since 2012, the foundation has awarded over $80,000 in grants to support Grades K-12 in the Temecula school district.