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York Public Schools | July 23, 2024

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YPS Foundation

Assisting to preserve and/or enhance the quality of education for YPS students”
Established 2007
The YPS Foundation is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization

YPS Foundation Board of Directors
Sally Ruben, President   Tony North, Vice-President
Lori Suddarth, Secretary   Jean Vincent, Treasurer
Julie Adams     Derek Dauel     Dr. Pat Hotovy     Gayla Knight
Pepper Papineau      Audrey Sautter         Barb Skaden
Dr. Mitch Bartholomew, Superintendent, Ex-officio member

The Board of Directors meets at least quarterly to conduct the business of the Foundation and to determine the expenditure of funds for the benefit of the students of York Public Schools. In addition, Board members participate in Foundation fundraising events throughout the year.

Since its inception in 2007, the Foundation has supported a myriad of projects through donations by individuals, local businesses and organizations, VHS graduated classes, and grants through other foundations. Through meal deal events and working concessions during the school year, Foundation Board members have raised funds for classroom grants and in support of ” Project Phil-Anthropy.”

“Project Phil-Anthropy” was established in honor of Phil Towle, retired teacher-counselor, coach, and school board member, in order to continue his work in helping students in need at each of our schools. The annual goal for this fund is $7,500, which would allow us to maintain a positive balance in the account and make it sustainable for years to come. Each building principal is in charge of the monies allowed them from this account on a yearly basis. If interested in donating to this particular fund, please make your check payable to the YPS Foundation with Attn: “Project Phil­-Anthropy” on the memo line or on the envelope.

In the past few years, the YPS Foundation has sought out more ways to raise funds in support of the York Public Schools due to the lack of adequate state funding for education and the desire to meet student needs while keeping property tax increases to a minimum.

The “Luck of the Draw” event and the Friends of the Foundation annual campaign have been established as our two major fundraising efforts each year. Thus far, the fundraisers have been successful in allowing us to begin the establishment of an endowment fund through the Cornerstone Bank Trust Department in order to ensure that the Foundation is able to support YPS projects as needed in the future.

The 2023 “Friends of the Foundation” campaign is underway. Please consider becoming a donor at one of the following donor levels:

  Friend – $25-$99                  Builder – $250 – $499                  Navy & Gold – $1000 – $2,499
Believer – $100 – 249               Founder – $500 – $999             Forever a Duke – $2500 & above

If you would like to financially support the YPS Foundation, donations are accepted at the YPS District Office. Please feel free to stop by or mail your donation to:

York Public Schools Foundation
Attn: Gayla Knight
1715 N. Delaware Ave.
York, NE 68467

Thank you in advance for your support!

using PayPal or print off this FORM and send it with your payment.

There is also an ongoing effort to gather contact information on YHS graduates in order to maintain a database for the Foundation.  Individual alumni are encouraged to add or update their information at: York High Alumni Registration

Those who are in possession of class contact information and/or class reunion information are encouraged to contact the Foundation through the YPS District Office at (402) 362-6655 ext. 4.

Thank you in advance for your support!