VCS Foundation

Hearty Hustle Goes Virtual

Due to the uncertainty of the current Covid-19 situation, the Hearty Hustle team has made the difficult decision to cancel the May 9, 2020 event. 

As an alternative, we invite you and your family to participate in our Hearty Hustle VIRTUAL race. During these unprecedented times, the best cure for fear and the unknown is the hope that comes with community. Our goal is to create something that you can still look forward to and participate in, while adhering to the local government recommendations for social distancing.

NO COST TO PARTICIPATE!  Run/Walk as an individual, or get your entire household moving from the comfort of your own home.
Step 1:  Register — email or click the link below.

Step 2:  Choose your own starting line. This could be a treadmill, your neighborhood, a track, wherever you're comfortable!                                                                                                           

Step 3:  Run/Walk your 5k or 1 Mile Fun Run anytime between May 9th, 2020 and May 16th, 2020. 

 Step 4:  Upload your RESULTS and PHOTOS to our FaceBook event page (make sure your post is public so we can see it)                                                                                                                                                   

If you have any questions please contact Beth O’Roark at     




Invest in Educational Excellence!

The importance of education for our students has never been a higher priority. Help us fund programs that set Vicksburg Community Schools above the rest. 

2019 Hearty Hustle Sponsors

Funding Innovation in Teaching & Learning

The concept of establishing foundations to support special innovative ideas has been used in America for decades. However, it was only in the early 1980's, as a result of the changes in the federal Internal Revenue Service regulations, that public school districts were allowed to establish educational foundations.

The purpose of establishing the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation was not to supplant existing financial support for the school district, but rather to "...receive, invest and administer funds for the educational, literary, scientific, and extra-curricular activities of the Vicksburg School District." 

In 1983, a group of interested citizens met to explore the possibility of establishing a foundation for the Vicksburg Community Schools. As a result of their efforts, organizational by-laws were developed, approved, and the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation was born. 

For over 30 years, the Trustees have gone to the greater Vicksburg community for financial support. The Vicksburg Foundation, local businesses, civic groups, the school staff and private citizens have all been generous in their support. As a result of their generosity, the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation Board has been able to expend over $850,000 in support of innovative educational projects and programs. 

The types of grants approved have been in the areas of scholarships, professional development for educators, special teacher incentive projects, instructional technology, the outdoor education center, introductory Begindergarten and Kindergarten materials, and Curiosity Grants for students with innovative ideas.



As we look to the future of the Foundation, we thank all of you who have made our work possible with their time and generosity. We hope that we have made the decisions and choices that the community would have supported. Please join your neighbors and friends in taking a greater role in the educational future of Vicksburg.





Foundation Members

2020-2021 Trustees

David Aubry

Marci Bailey

Dr. Christina Bowles

Lucas Hillard – President

Andrew Horne

Warren Lawrence - Charter Member

Dr. Carol Lohman - Charter Member

Jill Tibbetts

Bob Willhite 

Pat Wilson O'Leary

EX-Officio Members

Keevin O'Neill - Executive Director

Steve Goss - Treasurer

Beth O'Roark - Secretary




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