Alton Educational Foundation

We enhance educational opportunities, support academic excellence and encourage student achievement in the Alton School District.


Guardians of Education – Recognition




Honor Roll

$5 minimum

Name in Newsletter and AEF Website

High Honor Roll

$50 minimum

Name in Newsletter and AEF Website


$250 minimum

Name in Newsletter and AEF Website

Invitation to Annual AEF Breakfast

4 tickets for District event(s) of choice


$500 minimum

Name in Newsletter & AEF Website

Invitation to Annual AEF Breakfast

16 tickets for District event(s) of choice

Name on engraved plaques in all school buildings


$1,000 minimum

Name in Newsletter and AEF Webisite

Invitation to Annual AEF Breakfast

Unlimited tickets to District event(s) of choice

Personalized plaque in every school building

Personlized plaque to display at your location


Founded in 2001, the Alton Educational Foundation (AEF)’s mission has always been to enhance educational opportunities, support academic excellence and encourage student achievement in the Alton School District. The AEF achieves its mission primarily by providing grants to teachers for innovative and effective classroom teaching. Since its inception, the AEF has provided over $187,000 in teacher grants and student scholarships. Today, even greater need exists as Illinois continues to be plagued with fiscal woes which delay timely payments to schools, while simultaneously requiring new national programs to improve overall learning. Funding for the implementation of new federal standards creates a need, and an opportunity for the community to help.

In response to these current and future educational needs, the AEF is pleased to announce the launch of its Guardians of Education program. The Guardians of Education campaign offers members of the community a unique chance to aid the educational opportunities of Alton students. The youth of today will be the citizenry of tomorrow. It behooves all community members to see that every child receives a first rate education, has the opportunity to excel in the field of his or her choice and become a vital, involved citizen in the community.

The Guardians program takes an inclusive approach, with individual and business membership levels ranging from $5 per year to $1,000 or more dollars per year depending on the means of the donor. Through Guardians for Education, the AEF hopes to generate a reliable stream of revenue to help supplement the District’s ever-changing educational needs and requirements. Membership contributions are tax deductible.

The Alton School District has always been committed to providing academic excellence. The District must now build on a record of success with its accelerated learning programs and tremendous dual eligible college credit opportunities and must meet and exceed the new and evolving national standards.

People often wonder what they can do to improve their communities. Here is a golden opportunity! Become a Guardian of Education! Invest in Alton by supporting the education of its future leaders and community! Every dollar contributed will go to fund programs to raise academic excellence and promote student achievement! Members will be recognized on the AEF website and newsletter, and depending on the amount of the contribution, will receive and AEF decal, invitation to an annual breakfast, passes for District events, name on engraved plaques in school lobbies, and individual engrave plaques for business lobbies.

Your support makes the difference! Membership contributions may be made by mail to the Alton Educational Foundation, PO Box 514, Alton, Illinois 62002.

Special Thanks to the following:


Lifetime Donor $40,000

Piasa Charitable Foundation (HWRT Oil)

Lifetime Donors $5,000-$39,999

CNB Bank & Trust
Joan & Charles Sheppard
Joseph & Catherine Johnson Family Foundation
Karen Wilson State Farm
Liberty Bank
Phillips 66
Woodman Collision Center

List of Donors – 2022

Emeritus ($1,000 or more) High Honor Roll cont.
Karen Wilson State Farm Laura Hill
Phillips 66 Tawnya Hooper
Piasa Charitable Foundation (HWRT Oil) David & Barbara Jacks

Michael Bellm 

Elaine Kane
Melissa King
Valedictorian ($500-$999) Michelle Klasner
CNB Bank & Trust Angela Laaker
Kristie & Steve Baumgartner Victoria Lehman
Phil & Teri Trapani Angela McDowell
Cindy Inman Peter McFarlane
Catherine Droste Ann McLaughlin
Jody Meggos
Salutatorian ($250-$499) Vivian Monckton
1st Mid America Credit Union Tim & Marisa Murray
David & Paula Fritz Carol & Dale Neudecker
Ed Gray Linda Nevlin
Ellen & Charles Jackson Charles & Susan Parr
Rance & Lisa Long Debra Penning
Brenda Walker McCain Stacy Saffell
Ted & Laura Plummer Katie & Steve Slater
Dr. Kenneth Spells Julia Spurgeon
Denise Stidd
High Honor Roll ($50-$249) Elyse Tillman
Wendy Adams Scott & Jennifer Weiner
Shirley Aszman Bonnie & Mark Westcott
John Bannister Marjorie Wheeler
Ethan & Julie Basler Tom & Nita Whitten
Michael Bellm Pamela Wickenhauser
Larry & Barbara Bellm Lynda Willings
Gail & Robert Burjes
Sonja Collins-Fordson Honor Roll ($5-$49)
Sandra Crawford Jetta Blair
John Cunningham Christine Lafikes
Dorothy & Paul Droste Linda Lamb
Gary & Traci Dunn Karen & Robert Lowe
Julie Gallivan Pat & Irene McLaughlin
Timothy Grant Rosalie Saffell
Fiona & William Griswold Nancy Simpson
Rene Hart

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