To Parents, Teachers, Alumni and Friends:
It’s been 40 years since I graduated from Affton High School. Today, many things are still the same in Affton…outstanding schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and a friendly community, but other things have changed. The district is now very diverse, with 36 different countries represented, and there is much need within the community. For more than 150 years, families from across the region and from throughout the world have settled in Affton to provide their children with a good education and the foundation to live successful and meaningful lives. Affton is a special community that still offers the “American Dream.”
The Affton Education Foundation has become an important part of the Affton experience. Thanks to our generous alumni and benefactors, the Foundation has had a positive impact on the students at Affton. Since 2005, AEF has awarded over 100 college scholarships and loans to graduating seniors and has given 412 teacher grants for classroom enrichment programs throughout the district. The teacher grants have provided many important resources such as instruments for music classes, library books, and classroom technology, as well as funding educational field trips and all AP exam fees. Our scholarship recipients have attended top rated universities throughout the country including UCLA, Washington University, Loyola and Indiana University. All of this is possible because of generous alumni who are eager to give back to a community that gave them so much.
In addition to our traditional AEF scholarships, we are proud to announce a new initiative this year offering two new scholarship opportunities. The Continuation of College Degree Scholarship will provide funds for Affton alumni transferring from junior college to a Bachelor’s degree granting institution, and the Technical Education Program Scholarship will fund students enrolling in career, technical and vocational programs. These new scholarships are made possible through a generous two-year donation commitment from the Thompson Family Foundation and will allow AEF to provide opportunities to even more Affton students.
Despite the challenges of the past year, we continue on the path for a secure and productive future for our organization, Affton students and the Affton community. However, recent challenges have also caused more economical hardship within the district, making our mission even more important for future generations in Affton. We have decided to delay, but not cancel, our annual gathering. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for an enjoyable evening with Affton alumni, teachers, and friends for:
Affton Education Foundation Gala & Auction
A Safe Celebration to Kick Off the Summer
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Sunset Country Club
(Invitations, reservation forms & more details coming soon)
It promises to be an evening you won’t want to miss,
so save the date and watch for details over the next few months.
Thanks for your continued support!
Angela Sykora (‘81)
President, Affton Education Foundation