The GTSF has developed six programs to best-serve our students and community.

Kids' Weekend Backpack Program

A fight against hunger

The staff, parents, and community of all K-4 elementary schools, as well as The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc., have come together to help fight hunger by supplying weekend food for students in need.

Each student participating in the program discreetly receives a plastic bag each Friday packed with child-friendly, single-serving snacks and easily prepared meals in their backpack. Monetary and food donations are accepted toward the program.

Official KWBP Facebook PageEnroll in the KWBP (PDF)Donate to the KWBP (PDF)


Over $122,000 in scholarships awarded in 2022

The GTSF awarded eighteen $2,000 of its own, as well as facilitating the distribution of over 40 scholarships backed by private donors.

This year's awards ceremony for graduating seniors will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

View a complete list of scholarships

Creative Teacher Grants

Taking education beyond the classroom

Up to $30,000 is awarded each year for educational Creative Teaching Grants. The Creative Teaching Grant Review Committee places a heavier emphasis on creative and innovative projects that promote excellence in teaching and learning. The grant application and scoring procedures give more weight to project proposals that promote these types of learning activities.

Grant Application 2024-25 (PDF)View a complete list of 2020-21 CTGs

STAR Program

Recognizing those who go above and beyond

Under the GTSF’s Staff Teacher Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Tribute program, we send a Star pin and a card of appreciation to the exemplary active or retired educator, staff member, or volunteer you wish to honor when you donate $15 or more. You may choose to either be acknowledged or remain anonymous. The acknowledgment occurs at the end of the school year.

STAR Program Form (PDF)

Distinguished Graduates

Honoring our role models

Each year a Distinguished Graduate Award Steering Committee selects a graduate of the Butler Area School District to be honored for their achievements in our community, our nation, and throughout the world. The GTSF supports their endeavors for strengthen the Butler community as a whole.

Our Distinguished Graduates page


An eye on the future

Located at the Butler Senior High School, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Room is a leading facility of its type in the state. Students in multiple classes utilize the room’s innovative technology such as laser engravers and a 3D printer. The hope is to expand the program and establish a similar room at the Intermediate High School.

Support the STEAM Room with the EITC Program (PDF)More info about the EITC Program

Walk of Fame

Build a foundation for future generations

A personalized brick on the Walk of Fame in front of the Art Bernardi Stadium Annex can provide a lasting memento of that special time and place in your own life while at Butler High School. A brick can also serve as an acknowledgment of the accomplishments of a special athlete, graduate or alumnus, coach or teacher.

Purchase a Brick (PDF)