In 2017, a group of community members and business owners met to discuss the needs of WPISD staff and students and how they could help the district fill gaps in funding. The WPISD Education Foundation was formed within months and they hit the ground running!
At the time of inception, stakeholders were able to donate to the Foundation as Founding Donors and staff members had the opportunity to use a payroll deduction to aid in the efforts. WPISD staff members were our largest donor!
Within two years, WPISDEF has been able to grant teacher requests for over $60,000.
In 2019, the WPISD hosted its First Annual Gala, the Foundation's premiere fundraising event. This event was the first of its kind in Wills Point and sure to be the highlight of each year to come!
The original Directors of the Foundation, who serve without pay, included Amanda Johns, Angie Maddox, Brianna Sewell, Chief Lonnie Carrol, Chris Mayfield, Rev. David Cartwright, Doyle Ethridge, Justice of the Peace, Herbert Dunn, James “Jick” Thompson, Dr. Jamie Malouf, Jana Deen, Jason Groom, Kathy Laney, Kelly Gullett, Mica Hubbard, Monica Lajone, Sherry Moore, Stephani Curtis, Stephanie Moore, Sundy Rodgers and Theresa Turner.
Voting members also consisted of Jim Lamb and George Wilcoxson, representing the Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees and Scott Caloss, Superintendent of Schools.