In August 2003, UT Elementary opened its doors to students and became a center for University led research and dissemination. Since then, thousands of Little Longhorns have been given an incredibly strong educational foundation which has led to our students attending universities across the nation including our own University of Texas at Austin.
When framing the school, the founders used UT conducted research to create the schools foundation which included classes and programs that had been proven to establish the best academic foundation for all children. Some of these classes and programs are not included in traditional school funding. These classes and programs have been prioritized because research shows that offering more frequent access to these special academic areas affords students a more holistic and connected academic experience. So every year, UT Elementary must fundraise around $150,000 for what we call our “Margin of Excellence Programs.
UT Elementary’s Margin of Excellence Programs are:
- Music Programs (including Orchestra, Strings and General Music)
- Foundational Spanish
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
- Social Emotional Learning
Starting in 2017, UT Elementary established the Visualize Graduation Society (VGS). Our VGS members pledge to support our Margin of Excellence Programs so that we may offer our Margin of Excellence Programs to every student. Every spring, we host UT Elementary’s Visualize Graduation Society annual fundraiser in support of the school’s Margin of Excellence Programs.
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To learn more about our event, please contact Sharon Yarbrough at email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of UT Elementary’s Visualize Graduation Society!
UT Elementary’s Visualize Graduation Society (VGS) is a multi-year giving society for those who have pledged to invest at least $1,000 per year of programmatic funds for a period of five years or more. VGS members play a critical role in helping UTES fulfill its mission as a research-based demonstration school that sets students on a successful path from Pre-Kindergarten through Ph.D.
We have three pledge levels for your consideration:
Doctorate: A pledge of $5,000 per year for five years (= $25,000 or $416/month)
A gift at this level could support 20 children in STEAM class for one year. Our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math class allows a unique space for students to work collaboratively on projects and solve problems.
Masters: A pledge of $2,500 per year for five years (= $12,500 or $208/month)
This gift level could provide 10 students with a year of music classes. The Little Longhorn Orchestra partners with the Butler School of Music and the UT String Project to provide world-class music education to all of our students.
Bachelors: A pledge of $1,000 per year for five years (= $5,000 or $83/month)
A gift at this level could support a student in World Languages and Cultures class for a year. Learning the basics for a second language at a young age benefits a child’s cognitive development and facilitates the learning of any other language later in life.
If you would like to pledge your support to UT Elementary students at one of these levels or with any gift that is meaningful to you, please choose the method that is best for you.
Download our pledge form here: UT Elementary Visualize Graduation Society Pledge Form
Complete the form and please mail it to:
Visualize Graduation Society
2200 East 6th St.
Austin, TX 78702
To donate securely online, please click here https://give.utexas.edu/ and choose the amount and frequency of your contribution.
For questions or assistance, please contact Sharon Yarbrough, Director of Development and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org