PHS Foundation receives $10K grant

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg High School Foundation was presented Tuesday with $10,000 as part of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation Ambassador Grants program.

The money was donated by the Hathaway family of Superior Toyota Hyundai, who added $6,000 to the $4,000 Ambassador Grant. Tom and B.J. Hathaway presented the funds Tuesday to Tim Archer, president of the PHS Foundation, treasurer Charlotte Potter and PHS Principal Pam Goots.

In 2010, T.R. Hathaway, president of Superior Toyota Hyundai, and his brother Scott Hathaway named their parents ambassadors of the National Automobile Charitable Foundation. Every three years an ambassador of the program may present a grant to a qualifying organization.

Tom and B.J. Hathaway, both alumni of Parkersburg High School, said the Ambassador Grant program allows them to help support the school they love. Generations of the family have attended the school, they said.

“It’s a family tradition,” said Tom Hathaway.

B.J. Hathaway said donating to the PHS Foundation allows for the gift to be used both for academics and for physical projects in the school, such as ongoing renovations of the school’s theater.

“It is a wonderful high school,” she said. “I think it is the most beautiful school in the state.”

“The premiere school in the state of West Virginia, I would say,” Tom Hathaway said.

The PHS Foundation is funded through alumni donations and funds improvement and academic projects for the school, teachers and students.

“The donations go into our major fund and we pay for projects using the interest,” Archer said. “It’s our way of returning back to the school the investment of its alumni.”

Earlier this year the PHS Foundation paid $18,000 to replace the stage curtains for the school’s theater. Goots said the foundation also annually provides grants for teachers to purchase items for their classrooms, often technology, and provides scholarship opportunities for students.

“Without the foundation we wouldn’t be able to do these kinds of things,” she said. “I’m ecstatic to see this money donated to them and to help PHS.”