Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation

SAVE THE DATE: August 10 (T.G.I.F.)

The Auburn-Washburn Foundation is hosting the third annual "Back to School Blues 'n' BBQ" event.

Where: The Foundry (400 SW 33rd St, Topeka, KS) (plenty of free parking)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM (come whenever you'd like)
Food: Bob's Food Company (eat at whatever time you would like)
Drinks: Soft drinks and water included. Cash bar which includes beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
Dress: Summer casual
Music: Live music from Topeka's own Cleveland Blue band.

Order your tickets here

The Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation is made-up of of parents, community members, and district staff who work together to provide alternative means to enhance, enrich, and expand education programs, which are unavailable via conventional funding, for Auburn-Washburn students.

Board of Directors

  • Steven Ballou - Steve Ballou Real Estate
  • Keith Blackburn - HTK Architects
  • Evan Bounous - Azura Credit Union
  • Angela Davis - Magic Meals
  • Sara Girard - Central National Bank
  • Joy Glynn - Homemaker
  • Jill Griego - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
  • April Kelsey - Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Sherryl Longhofer - retired USD 437 teacher
  • Brad Noller - American Family Insurance
  • Russ Petty - Petty Accounting
  • Alex Reilly - MB Piland Advertising
  • Betsy Scott - retired USD 437 teacher
  • Chuck Cordt, Executive Director (ex-officio)
  • Jacquie Lightcap, Board of Education Representative (ex-officio)
  • Dr. Scott McWilliams, Superintendent (ex-officio)
  • Martin Weishaar, Administrative Director (ex-officio)

Foundation videos

Message from the Executive Director

I have just completed my first school year with the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation, and what a great year it has been. I've met so many wonderful teachers, principals, and staff which demonstrates why this is one of the top school districts in our state.

The financial support for the Foundation has been overwhelming. The school year began with our annual Back to School Blues & BBQ event which netted $6,400.

It was followed by unbelievable support from the district's own teachers and staff with the 437 Fund. This fund allowed staff to donate to the Foundation through payroll deduction. The 437 Fund collected $15,000 in donation with participation from 30% of our staff. Auburn Elementary received the distinction of having the most participation with 48%; amazing! The funds collected will be used for teacher grants.

The Foundation received a $15,000 donation from an anonymous local business.

We also received a $10,000 gift from Dr. Angela Truelove of The EyeDoctors to construct a scoreboard for the Washburn Rural High School junior varsity baseball field. Now every athletic field at WRHS has a scoreboard.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation made a $10,000 donation to the district's Pre-Kindergarten program which will make sure all new kindergartner students will be school-ready. USD 437 welcomes approximately 400 new kindergarten students each year.

The Lewis Family Fund of Auburn, Kansas graciously donated $10,000 to Auburn Elementary.

Kansas Gas Service's ONE Gas Foundation donated $5,000 to WRHS to purchase safety jackets, helmets, and goggles for the students in our welding classes.

A group of volunteers from Westar Energy's Green Team, led by Ben Postlethwait, brought out their equipment to clear trees and brush at the district's Outdoor Education Conservation Center located next to WRHS. The Green Team's hard work saved the district $5,000.

Advisors Excel graciously donated $3,200 in school supplies to all seven of our elementary schools and middle school. Each school principal submits their request of specific supplies, and Advisors Excel employees volunteer their time to make these purchases and deliver them to each school.

The Foundation's Annual Breakfast this past April netted $20,000 which will be used for teacher grants.

Our seven elementary school students, through Major Saver, raised $37,283 in the sale of discount cards to support their school and the Foundation. The Foundation received half of the funds while the other half will be distributed to the schools from which the student card seller attends.

I thank everyone for their generosity and support of our district. If you would like to enhance our district, please contact me.


Questions or comments may be directed to:

Chuck Cordt
Chuck Cordt
Executive Director
Phone: 339-4061