RamStarter Returns (finally) for 2020

Hello Willow Glen Families!

It’s a different year, and our schools need your help more than ever. Last Spring, many fundraising events planned to benefit various parent and student groups had to be cancelled, but this year there are even more needs for resources that can support our students and teachers in this new learning environment.

Giving to Willow Glen’s RamStarter campaign benefits eight school groups, all of which are striving to offer enrichment opportunities to our students in a new way this year:

  • WG Education Foundation
  • WG Athletic Boosters
  • WG Performing Arts Boosters
  • Willow Glen Cares
  • WGMS Parent Programs
  • WGMS Student Leadership Fund
  • WGHS Parent Programs
  • WGHS Student Leadership Fund

You can make an even bigger impact by joining one of our Donor Clubs. This is an opportunity to make your mark and support our school community in a big way!

  • Red & Gold Club – $500
  • Principals’ Club – $1,000
  • RamStarter Champion – $2,500

Each level includes personalized recognition. If your company will match your donation, you can credit that amount to your Donors Club total. For more information, please visit RamStarter.org.

Join us! — Volunteer to Help Our Schools

The WG Foundation is always looking for new volunteers to support greater academic achievement for Willow Glen’s Middle School and High School. Learn local schools inside and out; meet regularly with school administrators; and make our schools better for everyone!

Our current needs include Tasting Party host, fund allocation, Social Media influencer, webmaster, school program leaders, assistant treasurer, and bilingual outreach.

Please join us to support excellence in education at Willow Glen Middle School and Willow Glen High School.

To join us, please email Info@WillowGlenFoundation.org, leave a comment on any page of our website, or ask your principals to connect you with us!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Join us in Celebrating the WGHS Class of 2020!

The Foundation is distributing “Class of 2020” signs to every graduating senior — nearly 400 signs — so students, friends, families, and neighbors can celebrate creatively this Spring! These signs are FREE for every Senior!

We’re also about to announce $40,000 in scholarship grants to graduating seniors, and we’re working with WG Middle School to honor their promoting 8th Graders and Golden Book nominees.

Donate to support this project: Donate $25Donate $50Donate more — Order Extra Signs
Donors will be redirected to our donation page, and your ‘donation cart’ will appear in the right-hand column.

A note from WGHS Principal Tina Vanlaarhoven and Foundation President David Keller:

Dear Seniors: Congratulations!

Seriously, we mean it! Your community is proud of you for the hard work and dedication you’ve put into your planned commencement later this year. But we’re devastated that you won’t be able to walk across that stage in front of your friends and loved ones in June.

We know that you’ve earned the right to celebrate, and we’d like to help. Big celebratory signs should arrive at every Senior’s home over the next few days and into next week.

These signs delivered free to every graduating senior are meant for you to display proudly (perhaps in a window or planted in your front yard), so everyone can see that you are a graduate in the WGHS Class of 2020.

Your sign is a gift from Willow Glen High School and the Willow Glen Education Foundation, provided to you free, thanks to our donors and community volunteers.

We’d especially like to thank christy wright photography and the Rise Fulfillment Network for their help creatively producing and safely delivering these signs.

If you’d like, feel free to share your pictures with this sign on social media or among your friends. We’d be honored if you’d tag us @WillowGlenFound (Instagram or Twitter) or comment on Facebook @WillowGlenFoundation.

We also invite you to use the hashtags #WGHS2020 and #WillowGlenGrad

We hope you enjoy your upcoming graduation celebrations as best you can, and we wish you good luck as you begin life beyond high school!

Additional Signs Are Available

Would you like a second sign for the Class of 2020? Would you like your own sign to acknowledge your achievement during this strange time? Other signs are available to order (for WGHS 8th Graders, all WGHS students, and even other schools), delivered to your house in a few weeks.

Order more online: Visit cwrightphotos.com – $25 Each

Portions of the proceeds from these additional orders will benefit Willow Glen Cares (a program of the Willow Glen Education Foundation), which helps students from both WGHS and WGMS who need our support the most.

COVID-19 … A Message from our President:

School Campuses are Closed, Learning continues
— and so does the Foundation’s commitment

I hope your family is safe and healthy.

You are undoubtedly aware that schools across California are closed, and that campuses will not reopen for this academic year.

Whether you are in Willow Glen, or support us from afar, I am pleased to let you know that the WG Education Foundation continues to support our schools and our students in all the ways you’ve come to expect.

Grants & Allocations: Our Board and key volunteers continue to meet — virtually — to consider and approve principal-approved grants for equipment, curriculum resources, student activities, and teacher training. And we’re ready to approve funds for online learning enhancements as our schools identify needs on this new frontier. We invite you to donate to increase your support.

Scholarships: Our committees are moving forward with plans to award scholarships to graduating seniors in the Class of 2020, and we anticipate surpassing last year’s awarded total of $40,000.

Willow Glen Cares: Our dedicated volunteers and incredible school staff are reaching out to families that need our help the most. Thanks to generous donors, we’ve already distributed more than $5000 in grocery gift cards for students and their families who are hardest hit by recent events. Of course, you can support this effort with a donation of your own.

And of course, your Foundation’s volunteer leaders continue to manage our financial and administrative tasks, and we are fully prepared to support our schools and our students in new ways during this crisis.

We are all thankful for each other and grateful for your continued support of educational excellence in Willow Glen. Thank you.

David Keller
President, Willow Glen Education Foundation
Parent, WGHS Classes of 2017 and 2022