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

About the District Five Foundation

Mission

The District Five Foundation for Educational Excellence is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that exists to foster unity and support students and teachers in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.

Vision

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.
Superintendent
School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties

Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges

District 5 Willie Wonka

Where the Money Goes

Where the Money Goes

Board

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



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


Ex-Officio Members
Melanie Cohen, Principal, River Springs Elementary School
Katrina Goggins, Director of Communications
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties
Ali Hendrick
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
Emily Berry
Albert Bueno
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.

Myth

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

Truth

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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