On behalf of everyone at the Eugene Education Foundation, congratulations on closing a wonderful school year! This was my first year in 4J, and I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to work alongside you to improve public education for our students and for our community.
The Board of Directors and the staff of EEF are thrilled to announce a record-breaking year of grants to every school in Eugene School District 4J, as well as multiple district programs. For the first time, EEF has brought its grant cycle in line with the school year, and met in May to make grant designations for the 2016-2017 school year. Every teacher and administrator we polled encouraged this change, as it will give them a full school year to implement their projects. EEF also met in December to make awards totaling $60,000 for use in this school year. Because of a record-breaking year of fundraising and community support, EEF was able to award another $130,000 for 2016-2017!
Every single school in 4J who applied received multiple awards for an incredible array of projects—from band instruments to field trips to the Hatfield Marine Science Center, from STEM enhancements for science labs to literacy interventions. Everyone at EEF was humbled and inspired by the depth of commitment shown by the teachers, administrators, and parent volunteers who advocated for these worthy projects.
We are also especially pleased to be supporting a significant number of district-wide programs. Some of these grants, such as supplies and transportation for our homeless students in the McKinney-Vento Program, can make a crucial difference for our highest need students. Others broaden the reach of enrichment experiences, such as support for the annual third-grade trip to the Eugene Symphony.
We have also expanded our support of exciting new initiatives in the district. EEF is raising a $25,000 match to expand the exceptional Kids in Transition to School pre-kindergarten readiness program, and supported the fundraising for hundreds of our students to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, which allowed for ATA students to send an experiment on Mission 9.
Finally, we enjoyed the opportunities we had to support many schools in 4J with their own site-based fundraising. We have greatly expanded the services we are able to offer schools and parent groups to make your efforts more efficient and powerful, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in this way.
As this school year comes to a close, EEF celebrates the commitment of our community, whose contributions make these important grants possible. We look forward to disbursing the funds before the first day of school, and plan to publicly celebrate the grant awardees at that time. We are honored to be able to connect individual and corporate donors with such excellent opportunities to enhance public education in Eugene.
Thank you for all of your work on behalf of our students. We’re open all summer, so if you’d like to talk about your fundraising plans for next year or share an exciting idea with us, please get in touch!