Cycle Bar Charity Ride Benefit EVSC Foundation

If you have not already looked into signing up for our EVSC Foundation charity ride at Cycle Bar on Sunday, Feb. 21, please do so! This is a great event supporting a great cause, and you get to put your whole body to work with some high-paced cardio! 💪💓🚴

Sign up link below and flier attached with more details on the event. It is only $25.00 to sign up, which goes 100% to the EVSC as a donation to support teachers and students. Right now we only have 10 out of 25 seats filled, and we need to fill all 25!

Reserve Your Seat Now

Thanks so much, and I hope to see you on the 21 🙂 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me us an email at info@evscfoundation.org.

Welcome EVSC Foundation 2021 Board Members!

Katie Boren

Katie Boren, ZSWS

Katie is an attorney at Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP, where she provides legal representation to numerous businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and governmental entities, including EVSC and the City of Evansville.  Katie is an Evansville native and a proud EVSC graduate, having attended Cedar Hall, Harwood, and Central, before earning her Bachelor of Social Work from USI.  Katie went on to earn her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2010.  Katie is a member of the Cedar Hall Community School Site Council and she serves as the Eighth District Representative to the Indiana State Bar Association Board of Governors.  She is also a mom to five-year-old twins, Max and Charlotte, who are very excited to start kindergarten at Scott next fall.


Brian Woods

Brian Woods, Indiana Members Credit Union

Brian Woods serves as Senior Commercial Loan Officer with Indiana Members Credit Union ($2.5 Billion in assets, 135,000+ members), guiding commercial members to achieve financial success in lending, deposits and cash management. Brian has been in the role since IMCU merged with Commerce Bank in 2020 where he previously held the position of SVP, Commercial Lender. Brian has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Brian is a current member of the West Side Nut Club; serving as the Club’s Foundation Investment Committee Chairman, City of Evansville Loan Administration Board Member, R-Men’s Varsity Club member, past Junior Achievement Volunteer, and former Board Member and Board President for the Evansville Civic Theatre.

A native of Evansville and alumnus of the University of Southern Indiana, Brian Woods graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising with an emphasis in Marketing. 


Jill Lucy

Jill Lucy, ERA

Jill Lucy is a graduate from Indiana University in Health Administration and have holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Evansville.  Jill and her husband Todd have been married for 28 years and have three children, Ellie (1st grade teacher in Denver, Colorado), Daniel (Business student at USI), and Will (Freshman at Indiana University).  Lucy is a real estate agent with ERA.  She is also involved with Youth First and YWCA mentoring programs.  She enjoys helping students, watching IU sports and working out with my friends at Tri State Athletic Club!


Clay Scarafia

Clay Scarafia, SS&C Technologies

Clay Scarafia, Director Fund Services, SS&C Technologies. Clay was born and raised in Evansville, a Reitz High School alum, then went on to complete degrees in Investment Finance and Economics from Indiana University.  Upon graduation, Clay was attracted back to his hometown for an opportunity to help launch the Midwest office of SS&C Technologies, a growing technology and financial services company which is now a top ten professional employer in Evansville. Clay heads a team focused on outsourced accounting for alternative investment vehicles including Hedge, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Fund of Funds.  In addition to the professional impact, Clay is also passionate about making a philanthropic difference in the community, holding current and prior positions on multiple non-profit boards including The Evansville Salvation Army and the Southern Indiana United Way Young Leaders United. Clay has a strong belief that lasting impact in a region starts with the education of our next generation of leaders.

EVSC Foundation & Hangers Participate in Azzip Pizza’s Pot of Dough Fundraiser

The EVSC Foundation & Hangers, the EVSC Student Clothing Resource, are excited to announce their participation in Azzip Pizza’s Pot of Dough fundraiser.  The Pot of Dough fundraiser sweepstakes is part of the newest iteration of Azzip’s “We Give A’Zip” program that has donated back over $200,000 to non-profit organizations in the past five years. The Pot of Dough fundraising program gives organizations the opportunity to raise a larger sum of money over a longer period of time. Supporters can visit Azzip any time from September 1 through November 30 to support EVSC students’ greatest needs with their pizza purchases. Participating organizations earn 5% of each purchase when supporters use their organization’s specific barcode at checkout. The EVSC Foundation and Hangers are asking supporters to use code EVSCFOUND at online checkout, or to keep the attached (see below) barcode ready to scan upon checkout in store.

Along with 5% of each purchase going back to meet community needs, participating organizations also earn chances to win the $10,000 Pot of Dough grand prize, OR one of the five $1,000 first prizes! Each dollar spent at Azzip using our Hangers and EVSC Foundation codes is an entry into the drawing for the grand prize. We are so grateful for this opportunity provided by Azzip, especially at a time when student needs are greater than ever! Please let us know if you would like a key tag to keep our barcode accessible and ready to use when you visit Azzip. 🙂 To get a Foundation key tag or for more information on ways to get involved, please contact Mallory Jordan at 812-435-0916 | mallory@evscfoundation.org.

EVSC Foundation Hires Student Advocate Craig Shoobridge

EVSC Foundation is excited to announce that Craig Shoobridge, with more than 22 years of experience as an EVSC teacher and coach, has joined the Foundation team as a part-time student advocate. Throughout his EVSC career, Shoobridge taught mathematics at Lincoln and Washington schools and coached various baseball, football, wrestling, basketball, and golf teams at Central and Bosse. Raised in Southern Indiana, Shoobridge is a proud University of Southern Indiana alumnus where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Education and played baseball for the Eagles during the ’93-’96 seasons. Shoobridge later earned his master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Shoobridge and his wife, Kelli, have three children enrolled in the Reitz district. “My three favorite basketball players as a kid were Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson,” shares Shoobridge. “One of my favorite quotes is from Magic: ‘All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.’ Seems simple but is so powerful! As a student advocate for the EVSC Foundation, I am blessed with the opportunity to continue making an impact in the lives of students and athletes in the EVSC.” Along with being a team member of the EVSC Foundation, Shoobridge also works for Crown Packaging Corporation. We look forward to the future of the Foundation with him on our team.

Fairlawn Elementary Silent Auction Fundraiser

Moore Music Makes Investment in 700 EVSC Classrooms

Thanks to an investment by Evansville’s Moore Music, 700 classrooms will soon be equipped with new resources for teachers and students to start the school year.

This donation will help further the EVSC’s GAIN program. GAIN – Growth in Academics through Innovation and Neuroeducation – is the EVSC’s comprehensive approach to education, specifically educating the whole child. It combines high-quality learning and teaching with social emotional skills (critical thinking, creativity, responsibility) that students need in order to be successful.

Specifically, the donation from Moore Music provides teachers with additional tools and funding to develop a video series they can use in their classrooms. These videos teach students how to use mindfulness practices to reduce and cope with their stress. Teachers can use the videos throughout the day to refuel students for learning. 

Students from all backgrounds enter school while experiencing stress. Typical stress can stem from general anxieties, while more traumatic stress stems from violence in the home, addiction, or abuse. “These experiences can create barriers in education for our students, especially if stress is prolonged,” stated Maureen Barton, EVSC Foundation Executive Director. “Moore Music’s positive, forward-thinking is helping EVSC further develop a program that goes beyond the classroom and reaches our school families and communities.”

“As a school community, we are thankful for Moore Music’s investment, especially for children relying on extra support due to negative COVID-19 experiences,” said Barton. “Also, 15 schools will be outfitted with classrooms designed to reduce stimuli for students, enabling them to return to learning.”

The donation stemmed from visits to Evans School where Moore Music leadership witnessed the success teachers had developing self-regulation skills with their students. “This is going to change the world, starting here in Evansville,” said Brett Mulzer, owner of Moore Music. “…I’m blown away.”

EVSC Foundation Now Hiring Director of Development

Join our Team

We are looking for a public education advocate who is motivated to support teachers and students of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Job Summary

The Director of Development is a leader who demonstrates a passion to support the mission of the EVSC. This position fundraises for EVSC’s 40 schools, district-wide programs through meeting with donors, alumni, and community leaders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

● Drive fundraising operations including major gifts, campaigns, special events, and other annual fund activities. Assist in the planning, implementation, and coordination of events and programs to benefit the EVSC school community.
● Responsible for bringing awareness to EVSC’s programs: athletics, early childhood, professional development for educators, specific school needs, academics, student relief funding, etc.
● Utilize institutional research and grant opportunities to support EVSC district-wide initiatives.
● Responsible for communicating with internal and external stakeholders through face-to-face meetings, group presentations, social media, and community event attendance. Contribute to the quarterly e-newsletters and social media. Responsibilities include writing and proofing.
● Provide support for major events including but not limited to donor appreciation, school-hosted events, EVSC Hall of Fame, and general fundraisers.
● Active involvement in the community including: volunteering, serving on boards, attending key community events, and establishing a presence in EVSC schools.
● Contribute to our positive work environment.
● Ensure the Foundation board of directors receive prompt information and work with the team to maintain up to date database information.

Qualifications

● Experience in fundraising preferred
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills
● Proven success in building community relationships
● Grant writing experience preferred
● Self-starter

About the EVSC Foundation

The EVSC Foundation is proud to support the third largest school corporation in Indiana representing 22,000 students. We are committed to connecting the community with our schools. For more information or to submit a resume, please contact our office at (812)435-0913 or info@evscfoundation.org

Beverly Kennard Scholarship Honors Students Who Generate Sense of Community at Bosse

Beverly Kennard

Last month, a scholarship was endowed in honor of Beverly Kennard. The EVSC Foundation is proud to receive this tribute to a person who touched so many lives and positively influenced students at Bosse High School (BHS). Now, Beverly Kennard’s legacy will continue to inspire others while making a financial impact for aspiring, community-oriented graduates of Bosse.

Below are just a few testimonies from Bosse students and educators who worked closely with Mrs. Kennard:

Terry Austin, Class of 70:
Bev Kennard’s enthusiasm for Bosse was infectious. She genuinely loved the students. I knew if I had a concert or any kind of performance she would be in the audience cheering for me. I also knew that the next time I saw her, she would tell me all the things she liked about the performance. It’s fitting that the Beverly Kennard Scholarship recognizes a student who has strengthened BHS because she strengthened so many of us.”

Chery Arbeiter-Walker, Class of ’73:
“My involvement with the BHS Marching Band included a trip to the Orange Bowl Parade and to the 1972 Olympics, where our band marched in the Opening Parade in Münich! It took strong supporters like Mrs. Kennard to make this a reality for so many students. Beverly was a big band booster. She was also a true supporter of Bosse as a whole, in ways both big and small helping students that needed words of encouragement. What a special lady!”

Ella Shelton, Retired Bosse Educator:
“Bev Kennard was a dear friend of mine and a dedicated worker for Bosse. The Kennard Family lived directly behind the school and Bev opened their home to students. Bev was president of the PTA many times and was a great Bosse Booster, who worked tirelessly to promote the greatness of our beautiful school.”

Continuing the Legacy

Beverly and her husband Gene were both Bosse graduates and worked together on various projects to support BHS students. Their four children, Rick, Bruce, LeeAnn, and Marcia also attended and graduated from Bosse. Dr. Marcia Kennard Kiessling endowed this scholarship in her mother’s honor in July 2020.

If you are looking for ways to positively influence our society and recognize those who encourage and support others, you can make a contribution to this scholarship by contacting the EVSC Foundation at 812-435-0913, info@evscfoundation.org, or donating directly through our website. If you are interested in other ways to make a difference for EVSC students and teachers, the Foundation offers many avenues of support and will work with you to find the right fit for your passion project.

Help Our Harper Hornets!

Harper Elementary PTA members are seeking community love and support! We miss our students, especially fifth graders that we did not get to say good-bye to at their graduation and recognition events. 

We would love to follow Bosse High School in congratulating our fifth graders and letting them know we are proud of them. We would like to place signs in each of our 5th graders’ yards to acknowledge the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new. Each sign is $9.00. 

Donate to Fundraiser Here!

Together, we can paint the neighborhood red with positivity as we let Evansville know another Hornet is taking flight. If you are in a position to help, we are grateful for your support to make this project a reality. If now is not the right time, we understand. Stay safe and healthy!

Thank you!

EVSC Foundation Receives Funding for Students and Families in Need of Meals

So excited to announce that EVSC Foundation just received an approval of funding from the Vanderburgh Community Foundation to support EVSC’s Grab & Go Meals Program! THANK YOU VCF for your kind and incredibly generous funding that feeds students and families in need!

Check out the official email notice below. We NEVER stop serving students. Right now, we are more determined than ever to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families! 👇👇👇