LAEF Announces $3.7 Million Goal

Posted on August 26, 2016 by  
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LAEFThe Los Altos Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by a board of parent volunteers, is targeting a fundraising goal of $3.7 million for the 2016-2017 school year.

For more than 30 years, LAEF has raised funds from parents and the community to provide enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District. Its annual grant for the new school year will support students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade by maintaining its funding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; physical education; libraries; art; music; computer science; and a wider choice of junior-high electives. The foundation is also funding the district’s first instructional support teacher, dedicated to improving instruction, collaboration and learning across disciplines.

The annual grant allocation is based on input from LAEF’s annual parent survey and strategic discussions with the school district. In 2016, parents encouraged LAEF to continue funding current programs but noted their desire to better support teachers in implementing the new curriculum, leveraging best practices and staying at the forefront of education.

“LAEF is proud to continue funding engaging programs for our kids while also expanding our support of teachers, with an initial focus on sixth- through eighth-grade math,” said David Watson, chairman of LAEF’s Grantmaking Committee.

The foundation met its fundraising goal of $3.5 million for 2015-2016.

“I would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, community members and local businesses for giving to LAEF and investing in our local children’s education,” said Katherine Stephens, LAEF’s incoming board president. “We believe strong schools are the foundation of a thriving community.”

LAEF is now accepting donations for the 2016-2017 school year.  For more information, visit: laefonline.org

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