Thank you to those who have already contributed!

A reminder about the work we do and how you can help!

This year, at the first of the school year, your family should have received a letter home from us with your child in his/her backpack (at the Ed Foundation, we call this the “backpack appeal”).

sticky-note-thank-you-thumbThank you to those of you who saw the letter and took the opportunity to contribute! And if you saw the letter and meant to contribute, we’re hoping you’ll find this online reminder convenient.  There is so much information that comes home with our kids at the beginning of the year, so many pieces of paper, that we know it’s easy to have some get lost in the shuffle.  And, finally, if this if the first time you are hearing of the appeal, we’d love for you to read further–you’ll get a flavor for our organization, including what we do, who we serve, and best of all, how you can help!

 

Dear Families and Friends of Santa Cruz City Schools,

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is here to help. We believe that every child should have a great neighborhood school. That’s why in the last decade we have raised over $1 million dollars from our community to support treasured programs in our schools.

Your contributions to the Santa Cruz Education Foundation help us ensure that each of our schools is a vibrant place for learning. We focus on programs that reach across the district with benefits for all 7,000 students, in kindergarten through high school. Your donation supports the following individual schools; Bay View Elementary, DeLaveaga Elementary, Gault Elementary, Westlake Elementary, Branciforte Middle School, Mission Hill Middle School, Harbor High School, Santa Cruz High School, Soquel High School, Branciforte Small Schools Campus, Delta Charter School.  Here’s how your donations helped students last year:

  • Helped ensure that every 5th grade child attended Outdoor Science School, providing the opportunity to spend 4 days experiencing hands-on science;
  • Fully-funded after-school Arts Academy classes for both Middle Schools;
  • Provided funding to purchase new books and needed supplies for high school and middle school libraries;
  • Helped provide access to the highly successful academic AVID program to prepare and support underrepresented students for college—100% of AVID seniors graduate and 87% of AVID students are accepted to four-year colleges;
  • Provided funding to ensure all four elementary schools participate in Playworks, which increases students’ physical activity during the school day, promotes positive, inclusive play and teaches effective conflict resolution.

The Foundation also supports your schools through advocacy and outreach. We share the stories of our schools in the press and The Eddy: Currents in Santa Cruz Education, reaching over 10,000 subscribers, and we honor teachers and volunteers every year at the Eddy Awards.

Together, we can give our students a great public education. For your convenience, you may also donate online here. Our website is also a great place to learn more about the Santa Cruz Education Foundation and stay connected. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for The Eddy!

With your (fully tax-deductible) contribution to the Santa Cruz Education Foundation, you will support this work and help us do even more for your child. Thank you for supporting great neighborhood schools!

With gratitude,

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Lacie Gray, President

Our organization has been recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contribution (IRS tax ID no. 20-023916)

 

Estimadas Familias y Amigos de las Escuelas Públicas de Santa Cruz,

La Fundación de Educación de Santa Cruz esta aquí para ayudar. Nosotros creemos que cada alumno merece una escuela local de alta calidad.  Por esta razón en los últimos diez años hemos recaudado por nuestra comunidad más de $1 millón de dólares para apoyar programas valoradas en nuestras escuelas.

Sus contribuciones a La Fundación de Educación de Santa Cruz ayudan a asegurar que cada una de nuestras escuelas es un lugar vibrante para aprender. Nosotros nos enfocamos en programas que incluyen alumnos de todo el distrito con beneficio a los 7,000 alumnos de Kindergarten hasta High School preparatoria. Su donación apoya a las siguientes escuelas individuales: Bay View Elementary, DeLaveaga Elementary, Gault Elementary, Westlake Elementary, Branciforte Middle School, Mission Hill Middle School, Harbor High School, Santa Cruz High School, Soquel High School, Branciforte Small Schools Campus, Delta Charter School.  Sus donaciones ayudaron a nuestros alumnos el año pasado en las siguientes maneras:

  • Ayudaron a asegurar la participaciión de cada alumno de 5º en el Campo de Ciencias (Outdoor Science School), proveyendo la oportunidad de pasar 4 días participando en ciencias en vivo;
  • Totalmente Financiaron la Academia de Artes para las dos escuelas secundarias;
  • Proveyeron fondos para comprar nuevos libros y otras materias necesarias para las bibliotecas de las preparatorias y secundarias;
  • Ayudaron a proveer acceso al exitoso programa académico de AVID para preparar y apoyar alumnos subrepresentados para estudios universitarios – 100% de nuestros alumnos de AVID se graduan de High School y 87% son aceptados a universidades de 4 años;
  • Proveyeron fondos para asegurar que las cuatro escuelas primarias participaran en Playworks, que aumenta las actividades físicas durante el día escolar, promueve juego inclusivo y positivo y enseña resolución de conflictos.

La Fundación tambien apoya a nuestras escuelas por medio de promover programas y conectar la comunidad con las escuelas.  Compartimos las historias de nuestras escuelas por la prensa y tambien en The Eddy: Corrientes de la Educación en Santa Cruz, una noticia electrónica con más de 10,000 suscriptores, y honramos a los maestros y voluntarios cada año con los Premio Eddy.

Juntos, podemos ofrecer a nuestros alumnos una gran educación pública.  Para su conveniencia, pueden donar en aqui. Nuestro sitio web es un buen lugar para aprender más sobre La Fundación y mantenerse comunicado al inscribirse a las noticias The Eddy!

Por su contribución (completamente deducible de impuestos) a Santa Cruz Education Foundation, usted podrá apoyar este trabajo y ayudarnos a lograr hasta más para sus hijos.  Gracias por apoyar excelentes escuelas locales!

Con Aprecio,

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Lacie Gray, Presidente

Our organization has been recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contribution (IRS tax ID no. 20-023916)