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|Fundraising Effort Continues for SMMUSD|
By Lookout Staff
June 28, 2010 -- Through a word of mouth campaign, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) has raised more than $300,000 as of late last week. The SMMEF along with volunteers from Save Our Schools (SOS) are trying to raise as much money as possible for the local school district to curb some of the cuts made to staffing and programs for the upcoming school year.
“This fundraising effort has brought together residents from all walks of life, many of whom don’t even have kids in our schools,” said Joel Brand, an SOS volunteer who does not have children in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). “People understand that quality public education keeps property values high, streets safe and is the key to the future for our children and our community.”
The SMMUSD was forced to cut approximately $7.1 million from the 2010-11budget. Because of reduced funding from Sacramento, its largest financial contributor, the District is facing a structural deficit.
The SMMUSD must raise the money by Aug. 15 for it to affect staffing for next year. Those wishing to contribute to the fundraising campaign can choose where their money will go among three “buckets.” One bucket is dedicated to bringing back laid-off elementary school classroom teachers. The other two buckets are designated for two programs apiece. One is for counselors and secondary school classroom teachers and the other is for elementary school music and elementary school libraries. Money designated for those buckets is divided evenly to benefit both programs in them.
“The excellent public schools in Santa Monica and Malibu are at the heart of our community and they need our support,” said Linda Gross, executive director of SMMEF. “Fundraising alone isn't going to solve the problem created by State budget cuts, but every dollar counts and we can't turn our backs on our children and our community's future.”
For more information on the fundraising campaign, including how to volunteer for it, go to www.savesantamonicamalibuschools.org.
"This fundraising effort has brought together residents
from all walks of life, many of whom don't even have kids in our schools,"
excellent public schools in Santa Monica and Malibu are at the heart of
our community and they need our support,”
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