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Arial Jones
Arial J. Jones, Executive Director

Building Successful Futures.
Why do some kids fail and others succeed? Why don’t all students graduate? Why do some kids leave our schools without the skills necessary to get and keep a good job, while others move directly into the best colleges and into satisfying careers? These questions are being asked in every community across America. In our community, the Hampton Education Foundation is dedicated to helping address these issues and to improving the futures of all our children.
The Hampton Education Foundation has been working to support creativity and innovation throughout the learning process. In 2007 the Foundation began their successful Teacher Grant Programs. These grants are designed to encourage and support teachers who are developing new programs that make learning more effective. 

Successfully growing and educating our youth must be a priority shared throughout the community. Parents can’t do it alone. Schools can’t do it alone. There is no silver bullet and no one program that once applied wipes away all challenges. Understanding this, the Foundation encourages you to join our community effort to strengthen every child, one by one.  

Hampton Education Foundation funds Healthy Kids Healthy Snacks recipe book, a project of the Culinary Arts Program at Phoebus High School. Recipe Book (pdf)

The Hampton Education Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth succeed and to supporting the Hampton School System. If you have a question or would like to become involved in helping, please contact us. Currently we are totally run by volunteers on a part time basis. This may mean that our response to you may be delayed but we will respond.

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The Hampton Education Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization. Our goal is simple. We believe that all children should discover their talents and develop them in a way that improves both their quality of life and everyone they touch. 

The Foundation's work to date has focused on improving the classroom environment. We believe the classroom is ground zero for learning during the school day and that the community must provide the best tools and learning resources possible. A partial list of these resources include engaging electronic media, interesting and informative guest speakers, safe and comfortable spaces, timely books and of course, great teachers. 

The foundation was begun in 2001 at the request of Dr. Allen Davis. The Foundation has an excellent Board of Directors who serve without compensation. Day to day activities are managed by one part-time Director.

Board Members:

  1. Adam Krininger
  2. Ali Afonja
  3. Ann Bane
  4. Anne Ligon-Rutherford
  5. Cordereau Dye
  6. Daniel Holloway
  7. Heidi Wallace
  8. James Gray
  9. James McNider, President
  10. Jeffery Smith
  11. John Smith
  12. Kellie Goral
  13. Louis Morris
  14. Mary Curran, Secretary
  15. Molly Ward
  16. Monica Smith
  17. Pamela Henifin, Vice President
  18. Ray Smith
  19. Robert Shuford
  20. Ross Mugler
  21. Suzy Scott, Treasurer

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Help Us Mold Our Children's Futures

We want you to be involved in making our Schools the best in the World. Most of us readily agree with this lofty goal until you begin to realize what it takes to achieve it. It takes citizens who are willing to share their time and talents. Like a potter you have to put your hands on the clay and gently and continuously shape your work until you realize your vision. 

Running a world class learning center requires that we all commit more than the minimum required. It is not good enough to pay your taxes and belong to the PTA. If we are to succeed, we must give of our resources and our time to insure that our gifts are being maximized.

So what can you do?


The School has many needs, so look for opportunities that match your talents and passion. To learn more, just click on the volunteer link above and you will connect with the schools volunteer opportunities site. If that doesn't work for you, contact us at

We need your financial support: 

There are a lot of painless ways to financially support our mission. You can make a one time donation of any amount. We encourage you to consider pledging a monthly donation. Start with $5 a month or what ever feels right to you. We promise to use your funds to improve the lives and futures of all our kids. Just click on the donation above to make your tax deductable gift.

If your employer offers payroll deduction for the United Way, the Foundation is an elegible choice for your contributions. Please consider giving to our kids in this way. The foundations United Way code is 7432.

If you have a specific need or interest area that you would like to support, we want to talk to you. There are many options available and we can help you support education in the areas you are most interested in helping.

Send your tax deductable donations to:

The Hampton Education Foundation
1 Franklin St
Hampton, VA 23669
Attention: Arial J. Jones


The Foundation Supports HCS Teachers with a Grant Program Intended to
Improve the Classroom Environment and Reward Instructional Experimentation


Innovative Instructional Grant Program For Teachers

The Hampton Education Foundation's Innovative Instructional Grant Program awards individual grants up to $1,000. This program is to help Hampton City School teachers to develop, plan, implement and evaluate innovative instructional strategies which are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. All Hampton City School teachers, including resource teachers, are eligible to apply.  

Projects that will be considered:
New this year: you must be able to conduct your program in a virtual learning environment.  Direct learning experience projects for classes of all grade levels will be considered. Projects should stress innovative approaches to teaching subject content. Practical learning outcomes and student assessments should be included in all project plans. All proposed projects must address the curriculum requirements and Standards of Learning (SOL) for all subjects. Teachers of non-core subjects (i.e. Fine Arts, CTE) must be able to demonstrate a connection with their project and a related SOL.

To view a complete Innovative Instructional Grant Rubric Click HERE.

Instructional Mini-Grant for Teachers

In the past, we have had two types of grants: innovative and mini grants.  This year with the virtual school start, we are focusing on only innovative grants.  So this doesn’t apply for the 2020-21 school year.

To Apply
Deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is Thursday, October 8, 2020 at midnight.

ON-LINE Application Process
To apply ON-LINE for an Innovative Instructional Grant Click Here
There is only one grant cycle per school year. You may submit as many applications as you would like, but each application must be for a separate grant program.

If questions, contact Jennifer Lockett for technical issues using on-line application ( or HEF Grant Chair Monica Smith for grant process questions (

Some Great Innovative Grant Application Examples
Letters Alive Plus
Overcoming Adversity Through the Study of Civil Rights
Moving Masterpieces
Literary Leopards Project
Seahawk Squad

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We must all care enough to share our time and talents.

Committed volunteers are critical to our efforts to grow healthy kids. Every school and every program can use your help. Additionally there are an abundance of volunteer opportunities throughout the community. And although they may not be tied directly to a school initiative, all of our efforts to improve Hampton work together. 

If you would like to volunteer to work with the foundation please contact us at

IF you are looking for community opportunities try contacting


Morgan Riggins of Kecoughtan High School

Joseph Bowers of Phoebus High School

Congratulations to Joseph Bowers of Phoebus High School and Morgan Riggins of Kecoughtan High School, the 2020 recipients of the Mike Canty Memorial Scholarship.

Michael Canty Memorial Scholarship

The Michael Canty Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Dr. Michael Canty, known to most as just “Mike.” Many words have been used to describe Mike – loving devoted family man, good friend, educator, public servant, and all around nice guy.

Mike had an extensive background in education and was passionate about children and youth, and in particular, the underserved, “at risk” youth in the City of Hampton. He touched many lives during his time in Hampton, working at the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled, as principal of Hampton High School, as the director of InSync Partnerships, and finally as the City of Hampton’s Neighborhood Offices Service Manager.

Mike had a special place in his heart for those who have to struggle a bit more than most, but who nevertheless, find success. His heart was with those who seize opportunities when they present themselves, and despite obstacles, keep focused on their goals.

Mike passed away in October 2010 after a valiant and hard fought battle with lymphoma.

This $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to one Hampton City School graduate who best exemplifies the qualities valued by Mike as well as some of the same qualities that Mike embodied.

Please complete and return:

1. Application

2. Required essay

3. One letter of recommendation from a school, community, or faith-based leader to:

Deadline for submission:  May 13, 2021

Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Please contact Mary Curran, HEF Scholarship chair, with any questions.

Mike Canty Scholarship past recipients:

  1. 2011 Angela Loeschke, PLC (awarded from CIS)
  2. 2012 Sean Banks, HHS
  3. 2014 John Michael McCormick, PHS
  4. 2014 Grant Gibson, BHS
  5. 2015 Kaela Johnson, VCU
  6. 2016 Mckenzie Dunford, KHS
  7. 2016 Kenneth (Corbin) Doggette, PHS and Campus at Lee
  8. 2017 A’zure Latimer - HHS
  9. 2018 Markayla Johnson - BHS
  10. 2019 Huyen Nguyen KHS
  11. 2019 Justin Michael Harris HHS
  12. 2019 Xavier Williams HHS

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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.