Dear parents and community members,
The Los Gatos Education Foundation Board approved funding the following summarized programs for the 2012-13 school year:
Science: $40,000 for hands-on science materials for grades K-8, including every Fisher student.
Music: $275,000 to provide music education to students in grades K-8, specifically restoring K-2 music and 5th Grade band from budget cuts. Students in grades K-8 will receive a minimum of one lesson per week; fifth-grade students will have the option of instrumental or choral instruction; all Fisher students will be offered electives in choir, band and orchestra.
Art: $80,000 for a district-wide art teacher providing at least four art lessons to each child in grades K-5, and $15,000 for art materials to support instruction from K-8. This grant will ensure that all students have the needed instruction and materials for creative, project-based art lessons.
Art: $25,000 grant directly to the to continue providing art lessons in all K-5 classrooms, the District-wide Art Show, as well as lessons at Fisher (past lessons have included Scientific Illustrations in Science class and art history lessons in French and Spanish classes).
Resources: $25,000 for social/emotional support for Fisher students through counseling and academic resources and materials, and $20,000 towards a full-time counselor for K-5 students, which will implement a team of counseling interns, greatly expanding support services for children at all schools.
Technology: $235,000 for the final lease payments for laptops used by fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade students, which LGUSD will then own after the leases expire. LGEF has provided the majority of funding for this successful 1:1 computer program due to the generous support of several anonymous donors who have given almost $700,000 over four years for this program.
We would like to thank all of our donors to date. All donations and donors before June 30 will be recognized in LGEF's annual report, to be published in the fall of 2012.
If you have not donated, it is still not too late to help and be recognized! Go to www.LGEF.org or call 408-335-2229. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for LGEF or just want to learn more, please email us at email@example.com
Daniel Snyder is president of the Los Gatos Education Foundation.