Richmond Public Schools serves over 23,000 students, representing the region’s diverse socioeconomic mix. It is comprised of 28 elementary schools, including one charter school, eight middle schools, five comprehensive high schools and three specialty schools. Although RPS has much to celebrate, it is faced with increased demand and diminishing resources. Through fundraising efforts and collaborations, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation seeks private funding for needs that do not receive adequate public support.
In 2010 the Foundation completed a restructuring process which resulted the hiring of an executive director and the establishment of its first development plan. Since then the Foundation has more tripled its revenue facilitating over $5 million in contributions during the past five years. These donations augmented the launched enrichment programs supporting students and teachers, increased the number of college scholarships available to students, supported professional development for teachers and principals, helped to rebuild playgrounds destroyed by fire, made training available to new mentors, and increased student participation in experiential programs such as robotics competitions and Model United Nations.
The Foundation is a bridge that helps donors contribute to the building of a 21st Century approach to enhance the educational and teaching experience for RPS students and teachers respectively. In addition, the participation of community partners complements on-going work and helps to create innovative and exciting ways to motivate students.
In Richmond Public Schools there are smart, creative teachers, dedicated principals and administrators, and a superintendent who is a strategic, visionary leader. But they can’t do it alone. They need help from the Richmond community. That’s why the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation was established – to support the school system by seeking monetary donations and promoting a shared, organized approach to incoming resources. Together, we will enrich the school experience of students so they will graduate ready, ready to go to college…ready to pursue a career…ready to be a productive member of our community.