The Friends of the Hamilton Schools Foundation was founded in 1993. Its first mission was to provide funds for projects not covered in the Hamilton district’s budget. That first year we gave $200 to Washington School. The very next year we received over $20,000 in contributions from community businesses and organizations, large and small, and also from several community-minded individuals. At that time we began giving student scholarships and teacher grants. During those early years we supported “Artists in the Schools” and became the conduit for funding the Daly sidewalk construction, playground equipment at Washington, high school soccer, and preservation work on the Grantsdale Bell. In the late 90s more community members noticed our good work and started making bequests, and we now have endowments in their names.