Making a plea for donations

Editor:

It is hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and that school has already started. As we begin the school year it is important that we as a community support our local public schools. We have amazing schools, but with the continuous state cuts in education it is our responsibility to step up and provide what the state will not. This means supporting the PTAs at the local schools, and the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation.

We are experiencing a shift in fundraising throughout our school district, and in order to make it a success it is essential that everyone participates in the fundraising campaign this year, and every year. Moving forward, the Education Foundation will be fundraising for the Vision for Student Success, which will provide art classes, reading and math intervention, highly-trained teacher aides, teacher training, lower class size in grades K-3, and enrichment in every single school in the district.

The PTAs and booster clubs will continue to fundraise at their own schools, but the Education Foundation will now be the only way to provide some of the enrichment that those organizations have provided for in the past. However, in order for the Education Foundation to succeed, the communities of Santa Monica and Malibu must change their mind set and participate in this campaign.

Please support our local schools by contributing to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation and to the PTAs and booster clubs at the local schools. The Education Foundation is asking for a dollar a day ($365), but more importantly we are hoping for a very high participation rate, so please give whatever you are comfortable giving. The excellence of our schools only helps our community, so whether you have children in our schools or not, we are asking that you support Santa Monica and Malibu’s youth by supporting our excellent public schools. Change is difficult, but it can also be exciting. Get on the wave of change and support our students by supporting the Education Foundation.

Donate at www.smmef.org or send donations to:

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation

1645 16th St.

Santa Monica, Calif. 90404

 

Wendy Sidley

Board president, Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation

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