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

About the District Five Foundation


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.


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

Learning Readiness

Every student should be able to come to school healthy and ready to learn. We support a number of programs that help give at-risk students the opportunity to enter the classroom with an equal opportunity to learn.

Arts and Cultural Experiences

Engaging students in the arts is a well-documented factor for success, impacting classroom performance, building confidence, and fostering positive relationships with others. We seek to bring the arts to all.

Science and Technology

Science, technology, engineering and math are the DNA of tomorrow’s workforce. We fund distinctive learning experiences in and out of the classroom to build enthusiasm for the sciences to students of every age.

Leadership Development

Effective leadership is essential to learning: from teachers who inspire and students who reach beyond ordinary expectations. We ensure both groups have the opportunity to refine the human skills that will make them effective in the workplace, and in life.

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 Willie Wonka

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
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
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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