District Five Foundation       P.O. Box 129       Ballentine, SC 29002       info@district5foundation.org      

About the District Five Foundation


The mission of the District Five Foundation for Educational Excellence is to enhance the educational experiences of School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties by building awareness and raising funds to support innovative programs, initiatives, and other needs of the students, teachers and staff.


Working hand in hand with the leadership of School District Five, the schools, and the community, we will support extraordinary learning opportunities that will enable School District Five to continue to be one of the best school districts in South Carolina and the nation and will prepare its students to thrive and contribute to our global society.

What We Do

We raise money and invest it toward the unmet needs of students, teachers, and staff in five key areas:

  • Healthy Initiatives
  • Basic Needs
  • District Unity
  • Instructional Support for Students
  • Instructional Support for Teachers

Superintendent’s Message

School District 5 of Lexington & Richland Counties is fortunate to have a loyal partner with the District 5 Foundation for Educational Excellence. Since the Foundation's inception in 2010, the Foundation has consistently supported programs that directly benefit our students and our teachers. This 501 3c and all-volunteer board and supporters have raised over $750,000 to support our students and teachers! Their commitment to raise money to make advanced learning experience a reality for our students and teachers can be seen across School District 5 in all schools!

I encourage you to take the time to review the opportunities and projects supported by our D5 Foundation for Educational Excellence so you, too, can become a participant. Educator researcher, John Hattie's quote "Know Thy Impact" is a perfect description for the work of our Foundation. They indeed know their impact and continue to make the most positive impact in our classrooms and upon the future endeavors of our students!

Christina S. Melton, Ed. D.
School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties

Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges

District 5

Where the Money Goes

Where the Money Goes


Our board has deep roots in the community and school district.

Vera Timmons, President
Dr. Mary Kennerly, Vice President
Joy Rambo, Treasurer
Michelle Estridge, Secretary

Ex-Officio Members
Kim Carroll, 2019-2020 Support Employee of the Year, Chapin Middle School
Sarah Gams, 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Spring Hill High School
Katrina Goggins, Director of Communications
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties
Beth Hutchison, Vice Chair, School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties Board of Trustees
Barrett Isbell
Laura McElveen
Dr. Christina Melton, Superintendent
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties
Mary Kathryne Wadford, Executive Director
District Five Foundation for Educational Excellence

Emeritus Members
Gina Fryer
Glenn Niemiec
Dr. James O’Leary
Melanie Sullivan
Board Members
Wendy Bell
Albert Bueno
Melanie Cohen
Trish Edwards
Paula Hite
Dr. Laura Jackson
Dr. Allison Jaques
Scott Jones
Jondy Loveless
Kathy Mahoney
Kathy Olson
Chris Pierson
Stan Shealy
Ashley Summers
Claire Thompson
Dr. Barb Waldman
Bunnie Lempesis Ward
Harriet Ward
Ken Ward
Teresa Ward
Karen Williams
Adrienne Wright

Our Executive Director

Mary Kathryne Wadford

Mary Kathryne Wadford joined the Foundation as its first Executive Director in 2018. She is passionate about education and the role that public schools play in the advancement of our local community and the great state of South Carolina.

Mary Kathryne is married to Chad Wadford and they have a son that attends River Springs Elementary School in District 5. She is a graduate of Columbia College, where she majored in Political Science, History, and Public Affairs. Mary Kathryne volunteers as the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 95 in Irmo. In her spare time, when she’s not cheering on the Gamecocks, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and visiting historic sites and state parks across South Carolina.


Our school district is already so fantastic, my help can’t possibly be needed.


All school districts need assistance from their communities.

We’re blessed to live in a wonderful school district. But no matter how excellent we are, there will always be students, families and teachers that need our help. In fact, working together to help others is a hallmark of excellent school districts. Generations to come will flourish as a result of our efforts.

District Five Foundation     P.O. Box 129     Ballentine, SC 29002     info@district5foundation.org

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