VISIONS Fund makes grants to Vandalia-Butler Schools

Staff report

VANDALIA – VISIONS Endowment Fund recently awarded four grants to the Vandalia Butler City Schools totaling $6,200. The recipients, selected from several applications, are Tara Landis, Amber Pelfrey and Denise Treadway.

“VISIONS is proud to support creative teaching opportunities in our schools and to recognize the teachers and staff who make it happen,” said Greg Toman, Chairman of the VISIONS’ Board of Trustees.

Ms Landis submitted two applications on behalf of the Vandalia Preschool. $600 will be used to sponsor a family event for preschool staff, school age intervention staff, and families of students with disabilities. “Growing a Healthy Class” will be facilitated by renowned local speaker, Ann Anzalone. The second grant, also for $600, will be used to acquire a color printer/copier for the four preschool classes. These funds will be disbursed from the Orville Cotterman Charitable Fund.

Over 400 Demmitt Elementary K-3 students will be traveling to The Cincinnati Zoo thanks in part to the application submitted by Amber Pelfrey and her Planning Team. $3,500 from VISIONS will be used to secure transportation and tickets to the zoo. All students will participate in an animal research project that incorporates their experience and data collected from the zoo.

Vandalia Butler City School experienced significant budget reduction four years ago, resulting in drastic cuts to the arts program. Tara Landis teamed up with the Multiple Disabilities teachers at Butler High School and began providing adapted art lessons which allow MD students to interact with typical peers while creating individualized artwork. VISIONS granted $1,500 for materials and adaptive art equipment to support this endeavor.

The grant recipients will be recognized at the February 23 Vandalia-Butler School Board meeting.

The mission of VISIONS Endowment Fund is to provide financial support to enhance the curriculum with unique and creative educational opportunities for students in the Vandalia-Butler City School District. VISIONS is a not-for-profit fund of the Vandalia-Butler Foundation and a component fund of The Dayton Foundation. Contributions can be made on-line at, or be mailed to P.O. Box 90282, Dayton, Ohio 45490.

Staff report