LAEF hosts Community Festival

Posted on September 21, 2012 by  
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The Los Altos Educational Foundation, which raises money to provide financial support as a supplement to the resources of the Los Altos School District, celebrates its 30th anniversary this month.

To thank parents, alumni and the community for their support, the foundation has scheduled a Community Festival 4-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Covington School, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The state of California today funds only 5 percent of the Los Altos School District budget, yet our schools consistently rank highest among the 1,100 districts in the state,” said Shobana Gubbi, foundation executive director. “In addition to our tremendous administration, teachers and staff, what has kept our schools on top for decades is volunteer and financial support from parents and our community.”

Kristine Bardman, co-president of the foundation, said the event “isn’t a fundraiser – it’s a celebration.”

“It’s our way of saying thanks,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for everyone who has a stake in the education of our kids to have fun together and experience student programming made possible through voluntary contributions to LAEF and the PTAs.

The festival will feature carnival games, face painting and activities for all ages offered by district enrichment program providers such as the Living Classroom Program, the Community School of Music and Arts and Los Altos Art Docents. Food from local restaurants and food trucks will be available for purchase.

Special guests from the Los Altos Fire and Police departments will be on hand for photos and conversation. Principals, teachers and leaders from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the Los Altos School District plan to attend, as well as the four candidates running for seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees.

Brooke Schiller, co-president of the foundation, said the organization’s grant grew to $3 million for the 2012-2013 school year.

“This year’s grant is already being put to use to fund what parents identified as top priorities: PE for lower grade students, library and teacher training and collaboration time,” she said. “We will also continue to fund lower student-to-teacher ratios, PE, art, music, Living Classroom and junior high electives as well as an Innovation Grant to bolster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, small-group reading support, project-based learning and more.”

For more information visit laefonline.net.

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