Stepping Stone School Philanthropy

Our Campuses are well known for wonderful and engaging learning experiences, but what sets Stepping Stone School apart is our mission outside the classroom.

  • Children
  • Community
  • Philanthropy

Ronald McDonald House

Stepping Stone School Supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas, a nonprofit organization that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Rhonda Paver, MA, Executive Director of Stepping Stone School said, “Stepping Stone School has been proud to partner with RMHC CTX for seven years and we strongly support the fine work done by this organization on behalf of the children and families of Central Texas.

Our Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists™ program has successfully increased the amount of funds raised each year by our school age children, while also teaching them the valuable lessons of kindness, caring, gratitude and giving to others.”

Stepping Stone School Austin PreSchoolers present check to Ronald McDonald House 2019
Stepping Stone School Austin PreSchoolers present check to Ronald McDonald House 2018
Stepping Stone School Austin PreSchoolers present check to Ronald McDonald House 2017

Ronald McDonald House Charities

To date, Stepping Stone School and their school age students have donated over $80,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.

Make A Difference

Katelyn Kretzer – Scholarship Recipient
Stepping Stone School Make a Difference Scholarship Recipient
Trip Snell – Scholarship Recipient
Stepping Stone School Make a Difference Scholarship Recipient
To learn about the Make a Difference™ scholarship program, click here

Proud Sponsor of The Thinkery!

Stepping Stone School is proud to sponsor the Earth, Wind and Inspire exhibit at the Thinkery children’s museum opening on Saturday May 25, 2019!

Opens May 25, 2019 at the Thinkery

Earth, Wind, Inspire features 14 interactive exhibits that offer guests of all ages a chance to explore these complex, often misunderstood, phenomena through visual representations and hands-on experiences.

Ways to experience Earth, Wind, Inspire!

General Admission: $12 per person
Community Night every Wednesday from 4 – 8 pm: admission is free (but donations are welcome!)
Become a Member and visit all year long for free!

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World Forum Foundation

Stepping Stone School is a proud supporter of the World Forum Foundation whose mission is to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings. The World Forum Foundation’s mission is accomplished through events, groups and connecting the world leaders who provide services to children. We are a Patron Sponsor of the upcoming Foundation’s assembly of early childhood professionals and advocates from around the world to engage in work and dialogue to impact the futures of young children and their families.

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Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot

We are proud sponsors of the Kids’ K and activity center at the annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot. Not only does this event promote family wellness, but it also benefits Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit organization working to alleviate hunger, homelessness and poverty.

Benefitting Caritas Austin

Caritas of Austin believes that when every person has a stable place to call home, they can realize their full potential and contribute to our community. Learn More.

KVUE News interviews an Austin preschool child before the 2018 Turkey Trot
2018 Turkey Trot warm up with Stepping Stone School preschoolers and staff
Rhonda Paver thanks families for participating in the 2018 Turkey Trot

And we're off!
Preschooler walking with family in the 2018 Turkey Trot
Children participating in activities with Stepping Stone School
Stepping Stone School staff participating in the 2018 Turkey Trot

The Paver Family Foundation

Additionally, our founder and executive director, Rhonda Paver, M.A. and her husband, Bill Paver, PhD, have established the Paver Family Foundation. The foundation offers generous philanthropic gifts to several nonprofit organizations centered on helping children and families, both locally and globally, including:

Supporting third-world communities

Supporting families

Advancing educational excellence