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The Virginia Beach Education Foundation raises
private sector support to fund innovative and creative learning programs for VBCPS students. Visit the Education Foundation's Web site at

2010-2011 School-wide Grant recipients announced

Congratulations to the six recipients of Virginia Beach Education Foundation School-wide Grants. Staff members will use the grants to fund their respective learning projects during the 2010-2011 school year:

  • John B. Dey Elementary School — “Probing” for Answers: Learning on the Go! director: Jody Carroll, awarded: $4,682.00.
  • First Colonial High School — Audio Adventure CheMystery, director: Barbara Besal, awarded: $4,999.70.
  • King's Grant Elementary School — GRACE Club, director: Sharon Boudreau, awarded: $3,214.95.
  • Ocean Lakes High School — The Dolphin News Splash: the Ripple Effect, director: Amy Jo Harrell, awarded: $2,981.89.
  • Ocean Lakes High School — From Planting to Picking to Cooking - a Cross Curricular Learning Experience, director: Debra Sawyer, awarded: $3,400.00.
  • Thoroughgood Elementary School — Learning as We Grow, director: Krista Clark, awarded: $5,000.00.

These grant recipients will be recognized along with the 2010-2011 Building Futures Grant recipients at the Foundation’s annual TGIF grant celebration on November 10, 2010. Building Futures Grant forms are currently available to school staff through the VBCPS Intranet and must be submitted by October 6, 2010.

First annual Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast a success!
More than $14,000 was raised for future teacher grants at the Education Foundation’s Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast and Barbecue held March 27, 2010. The Virginia Beach Education Foundation’s newest event was sponsored by CISCO and Lifetouch, and event photos taken by O’Brien et al Advertising may be found on the Foundation’s Facebook page. Take a look! And mark your calendar for next year’s Pearls of Wisdom event being held on April 2, 2011 at the 24th Street Park, Oceanfront.

Find photos and videos of VBEF grant projects in action on Facebook

O’Brien et al Advertising has graciously donated its time to take photos and produce videos of Education Foundation grant projects. Check them out on the Foundation’s Facebook page, which O’Brien also helped the Foundation establish. Become a fan if you're a Facebook user. The page is accessible by both Facebook members and non-members. Photo: Fairfield Elementary School students modernize Civil War recipes with the help of culinary art students at the Technical and Career Education Center. The interdisciplinary project has students learning about history, using math skills in measurements, and reading skills to follow recipe instructions.

2010 commemorative prints and notecards still available

The 2010 Virginia Beach Education Foundation commemorative print "Hope" is available for purchase. The artwork by Indian Lakes Elementary School art teacher Linda Gerek is available in notecards, framed prints, and unframed prints. Place an order online or download an order form at

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