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Save Our Schools Hits $1 Million Mark  

By Lookout Staff

August 3, 2010 -- Class sizes will be smaller, students will have more access to libraries and music programs will be more complete after Save Our Schools hit the $1 million fundraising mark.

The campaign -- which has raised enough to restore 12 of the 60 positions lost to State funding cuts -- hopes to raise another $300,000 before it ends August 15th, which would add another four positions.

“We are very excited, but we still have a long way to go” says Linda Gross, executive director of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. “Our work is not done.

"If Save Our Schools is able to meet (our) goal, class sizes will decrease for even more students, libraries will stay open nearly full-time and the 4th and 5th grade music program could be fully restored,” Gross said. "It will make a world of difference for our kids.”

So far hundreds of volunteers, dozens of local business partnerships and thousands of contributors have helped in the fundraising effort to help make a dent in the more than $7 million in State funding cuts.

Save Our Schools officials caution that the funds raised will only cover one year and that "long-term sustainable solutions" must be found.

A half-cent sales tax measure will be on the November 2 ballot, along with a non-binding question asking voters whether they support designating half the estimated $13 million in annual revenue to the School District.

Among the upcoming fundraising events are the following:

JUST ANNOUNCED - A Preview Screening of "Nanny McPhee Returns," August 8, 2pm at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at www.smmef.org.

JUST ANNOUNCED – Malibu resident and rocker Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo will wind up the L.A run of their 'Between a Heart and a Rock Place' tour with two benefit concerts at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Benatar and Giraldo have offered to donate 50 percent of the proceeds from the September 10th and 11th concerts to the Save Our Schools campaign. Tickets are available online at www.canyonclub.net or by calling 818-879-5016.

Now through Friday, August 6th, “Lemon-8-Days” on Montana Avenue. Participating merchants will donate 8 percent of gross sales for the week to benefit the Save Our Schools campaign. For a list of participating merchants go to:
http://savesantamonicamalibuschools.org/SOSmontana.html

Also THIS WEEK, Barnes & Noble is sponsoring a bookfair to benefit SOS. Shoppers can use Bookfair ID 10249506 at any location nationwide or online at bn.com. For a list of author appearances and readings, go to: http://savesantamonicamalibuschools.org/SOSevents.html

SAMOHI Associated Student Body continues to host "Save Our Schools! Movies to the Rescue!" Movie screenings are held at Barnum Hall on the SAMOHI campus at 601 Pico Blvd and the suggested donation is $5. Remaining films include:

* 8/06 7pm: The Notebook
* 8/07 3pm: The Princess and the Frog
* 8/13 7pm: Up

“Even with all these incredible activities and events, we continue to reach out to our community for direct donations.” Gross said. “There are still plenty of families and concerned community members out there who have been meaning to give but just haven’t mailed in that check. Well, now is the time.”

For ongoing information on the Save Our Schools campaign and upcoming events, visit www.smmef.org

 

"If Save Our Schools is able to meet (our) goal, class sizes will decrease for even more students, libraries will stay open nearly full-time and the 4th and 5th grade music program could be fully restored,"    Linda Gross

 

 

 


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