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OUR MISSION

The School District 25 Education Foundation creates and advocates for opportunities that enrich teaching and learning in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. We work to unite and engage educational stakeholders, including learners, parents and families, teachers/educators/staff, and the broader community, and support the delivery of high-quality local education. Our vision is to innovate and ignite learning opportunities that are exciting, engaging, equitable, and enduring. Established programming and activities include:

  • The Glenn Perkins Family Living Trust and Terry Perkins Educational Scholarship
  • C.A.K.E. Award (learner-of-the-month awarded for character, attitude, kindness, and encouragement)
  • Educator classroom grants
  • Educator technology grants
  • Payroll deduction programs
  • STEM-UP! program
  • In the past decade, the Education Foundation has put more than $1M back into PCSD 25 classrooms to support local education.

IN 2022-2023, THE SD25 EDUCATION FOUNDATION AWARDED:

  • 136 innovation grants and other financial support to PCSD 25 teachers and programs totaling $180,143.71.
  • $36,000 in Terry Perkins Education Scholarships. 
  • 18 Learner-of-the-Month CAKE AWARDS to purchase books for school media centers in awardees’ names.
  • 21 Brian Reams Memorial Scholarships for middle school participation fees.
  • $3500 each to CHS, HHS, and PHS to support debate and music programs through the Perkins Family investment.
  • $2,000 to pay off negative food service account balances.
  • $15,000 to support HHS music programs, plus $6,250 from the Perkins fund.
  • $5,386 to support Highland High School post-fire needs.
C.A.K.E. Award Certificate

C.A.K.E. Award

PCSD 25 believes a safe, supportive, caring and respectful environment is critical to student learning. The Education Foundation, in partnership with McDonald’s, supports the Learner-of-the-Month, C.A.K.E. Award, to recognize students who model exemplary character, attitude, kindness and encouragement within their school communities.

The Learner-of-the-Month C.A.K.E. Award recognizes one elementary learner and one secondary learner from our district, from October through May. In addition to being recognized at the monthly Board Meetings, the recipients also receive a special treat delivered to their classes to be enjoyed with and among their peers. Nominations for the C.A.K.E. Award are submitted by a teacher who has observed the nominee’s behavior, and are approved by the school’s principal.

Nominate a learner for the C.A.K.E. Award

Grant Funding

Since 2015, the School District 25 Education Foundation has awarded more than 786 grants to support teaching and learning in PCSD 25.

In 2019, Julie Morris was awarded a grant to fund a greenhouse for the VOICE program (now ARCHES). ARCHES is a transitional program for learners aged 18-21 with special needs and helps transition them into contributing adults by teaching them a variety of skills. The program challenges learners to become as independent as possible by teaching them self-safety, daily living skills, and job-related skills. The Ed Foundation also awarded the ARCHES program a grant to fund the purchase of chickens and ducks for the learners to raise and sell eggs to generate revenue to sustain the activity. The Education Foundation is proud to support ARCHES and the program's amazing learners.

Board of Directors

The Education Foundation is comprised of current and retired PCSD 25 staff, as well as business and community members.

Board members serve a 3-year term with the option of one additional term. Members in good standing may continue to serve on the Board of Directors if/until another interested person has been nominated and appointed to the Board.

Board members are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings as well as committee meetings. Our Board meetings are held the second Thursday of September, November, January, March and May at 4pm at the School District office, unless otherwise communicated.

BOARD MEMBERS POSITION EMPLOYMENT
Victoria Byrd Chairperson McDonald's
Stacey Jensen Vice Chair Edahow Elementary School Teacher
Shawna Sprague Secretary/Treasurer School District 25
Courtney Fisher Foundation Director School District 25
Kristi Borgholthaus Past Chair/Member Simplot
Holly Batten Member Intermountain Gas
Scott Lloyd Member JHS Architects
Karen Judd Member Greater Pocatello Association of Realtors
Heidi Kessler Member Hawthorne Middle School Principal
Jill Johnson Member Indian Hills Elementary Principal
Janelle Arvas Member School District 25
Jerald Rowan Member Community Member
Rainbow Maldonado Member Community Member
George Chandler Member Community Member
Cameron Topliff Member Zions Bank
Lookout CU Check Donation to Ed Foundation 5-14-24

 

Thanks to the generosity of the community and a matching $5000 gift from Lookout Credit Union, we surpassed our Idaho Gives goal to raise $17,130! Doug, BJ, Amy, and the Lookout team are always there to support Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 and local public education with needs both large and small. Funds raised through Idaho Gives help support the grants we award for teachers to innovate in the classroom.

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100% of funds received are allocated to support teaching and learning in PCSD 25 classrooms.

Funds raised are awarded through grants, scholarships, and other activities that enhance innovation and learning in the classroom.

About Our Investments

 In 2018, the School District 25 Education Foundation received a significant contribution from the Glenn Perkins Family Living Trust. A significant portion of the investment income earned through the endowment is dedicated to supporting the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 debate and music programs at Century, Highland, and Pocatello high schools. Additional earnings are allocated annually toward the establishment of the Terry Perkins Educational Scholarship. The Terry Perkins Educational Scholarship funds two $3,000 scholarships for eligible learners attending Century, Highland, and Pocatello high schools. Beginning with the Class of 2022, one scholarship will also be awarded annually to a graduate from New Horizon High School.

Education Foundation

3115 Pole Line Road
Pocatello ID 83201

Email:  Courtney Fisher

Phone: (208) 235-3257

Fax (208) 235-3280