La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Begins Spring Phone Drive
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising money each year for La Cañada public schools, begins its spring phone campaign Monday night. LCFEF volunteer directors will man the phones to make the case for community members to give, or give more, to the 2011-12 LCFEF annual fund supporting local schools.
Last year, the community rose to the challenge of ever-larger state cuts to school funding and raised a record $2,000,000. This outpouring of generosity allowed the District to hire 12 additional teachers. Class sizes began coming back down.
This year, the LCUSD will carry over the reduced level of state funding from last year. What’s worse, the District will incur more cuts on top of that. If the LCFEF can raise $2,000,000 again, however, the District will be able to keep the level of service our students currently enjoy. None of the new teachers will have to be let go and class size should stay the same. Additional funds raised beyond $2,000,000 would go towards reducing the amount of reserves the district would need to use to make up for additional losses in state funding.
Beyond class size reduction efforts in the elementary schools and 9th grade, LCFEF monies fund elementary level art, drama, music and Spanish teachers and counselors, LCHS 7/8 band, counselors, GATE and intervention programs, and high school college counselors and the IRC librarian.
Community members are asked to donate $2,500 per family to help the district keep these much-needed teachers and programs. Donor appreciation yard signs will be distributed at the end of the campaign in early June. Signs will be given to families who have given at the $1,000 level and special “platinum” signs will be distributed to those who are able to give $2,500 or more. The LCFEF asks everyone join us in this worthy cause. More information can be found at http://www.lcfef.org