About Us

Doing More Together!

Board of Directors Champions Executive Director

In 2000, the Winchester Education Foundation was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to facilitate a public-private partnership between the Winchester Public Schools, the Handley Board of Trustees, and private citizens and businesses, which recognize the value of excellence in public education in Winchester, Virginia. The Winchester Education Foundation seeks to raise funds, through various means, for Winchester Public Schools. Join the Winchester Education Foundation.

Judge John Handley never lived in Winchester, Virginia. However, he knew people were being inspired to excellence in this small yet impressive community. Upon his death in 1895, Judge Handley donated $250,000 to Winchester, VA for the construction of a library and later for the construction of two schools. Those entrusted with his legacy built John Handley High School and Douglas School.

As a reminder to future generations, engraved on Judge Handley's tomb:
"To whom much is given; much is expected."

Projects & Programs
The WEF, through generous donations of many, profoundly impacts Winchester Public School students

The Winchester Education Foundation provided $15,000 annually to support the free admission program, facilitated the donation of $100,000 for the planetarium at John Handley High School, facilitated the donation of $25,000 for pole vault pit at John Handley High School, and $80,000 for a gymnasium scoreboard. The Winchester Education Foundation is seeking new, diverse ways to engage and assist all Winchester Public School students with educational pathways which inspire, engage, and motivate for a lifetime. Some of our curent efforts are below:

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(540) 665-0598