Several years ago, a seed was planted in the Richland County School District that continues to bear fruit today.  The Education Resources Foundation for Academic Excellence was founded in 1992 by a group of dedicated volunteers to make a difference in the lives of students in our district by promoting academic excellence in schools.

The foundation continues to grow a permanent endowment fund while still meeting the current needs of our students.  This fund will provide an ongoing source of financial support to the academic efforts of the young people of our district, while establishing a lasting legacy of our donors.  All funds raised by ERFAE support Richland County Community Unit School District No. 1 students.  If you know someone making estate plans, please suggest the ERFAE Endowment Fund as a benefactor for a specific bequest.  All donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

ERFAE Mission Statement
It is the mission of ERFAE to promote educational excellence in the Richland County  school district through the support of innovative programs within the classroom; to provide opportunities for whole schools or classes to hear challenging speakers and programs in the academic areas, the arts, or in life experiences; to encourage and support individuals and groups representing our district in competitive endeavors; to provide materials for enrichment of the classroom experience; and to recognize and reward outstanding performance of both students and teachers in academic and fine arts arenas.