Mat-Su Schools Foundation
         Building a foundation for education...


The Matanuska Susitna Schools Foundation supports excellence in the Matanuska Susitna School District by providing supplemental funding for education. Children are our future. Therefore, investments in improving educational opportunities for kids are investments in our community and society as a whole.

The Matanuska-Susitna Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation organized to support the educational needs of our school district. Contributions are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) and deductible under section 170 of the Code.

Alaska Kids on the Run Fun Run for Kids of All Ages
Kids on the Run

In order to create an ongoing source of funds for the Dr. George W. Brown Memorial Scholarship, the Mat-Su Schools Foundation sponsors a fun run each year.  The fun run took place on May 20 this year at the Janecek Trails at Palmer High School. More info on Dr. Brown and this annual event.

Mat-Su Schools Foundation, 2017 Teacher Grant Recipients Selected

  • Samantha Youmans, of Houston High School, was awarded $1000 to purchase drum line drums, a marching snare drum and a marching bass drum. Drums will be used during sporting events, assemblies, local events and concerts.

  • Finger Lake Elementary School was awarded $1000 for Marcy Farris’s innovative idea for a makerspace. The staff at Finger Lake uses the station rotation model in the library for blended learning to increase engagement and differentiate instructional needs for students. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech and no tech tools. These spaces provide hands on learning, helps with critical thinking skills, and also expose students to skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Maps! Palmer High teacher Rebekah Kitchin was awarded $819 her proposal to display detailed, durable, high-quality, mural-sized maps around the school building. Mounted permanently and having a protective coating, they will be accessible to all students for years to come. Having large maps readily available and highly visible will serve to remind students of their place in the world, and enrich their understanding of cultures, ecology, and geography of our planet.

  • Mary (Chrissy) Lovelace's 4th grade students at Big Lake Elementary School are studying salmon in their science curriculum and Alaska history and Native cultures in social studies. Her $1,000 grant will help fund educational activities on a field trip to Seward including an overnight stay at the Sealife Center, marine studies in Kachemak Bay, Homer, and a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Museum on their return trip. 
Gorilla Fireworks 2017 $1000 Grant Awarded

Grant recipient Kristopher Wagoner of Houston High School was awarded $1000 for the Houston High School Spirit Shop. Business Skills students will focus on creating, marketing, and distributing items that help build the spirit of Houston High School. Students will create individual project proposals, and be granted seed money needed to carry out their plan. Students will be required to pay back their seed money before they can earn money for their account, whether that be for a sport they are involved it, a club or other on campus activity.

Mat-Su Imagination Library
Read more about the Imagination Library
mailing free books to Mat-Su Valley children under 5. Registration forms are available for all Mat-Su Borough residents at neighborhood schools and local libraries. Or register online.

To sponsor a child:   Paypal ($30 for 1 year, $150 for child's first 5 years of life.