The Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) has scheduled its annual phoneathon outreach campaign Monday through Oct. 22.
LAEF raises educational enrichment funds for the Los Altos School District to provide increased support to narrow the gap left by cuts to public education funding by the state of California.
During the phoneathon, parents and community volunteers call fellow parents in the district to solicit donations that are often matched in part by community and business sponsors.
Money raised by LAEF enables the district to fund key enrichment programs, class-size reduction, and art, technology and science aides.
This year's funding will help maintain library services, preserve class size in grades 4-6 and help replace some critical funding cuts initiated by the state. LAEF funding will also continue to bring 21st-century technology improvements into the classrooms to keep local children competitive in a future global marketplace.
The foundation's goal this year is to meet a $1.92 million fundraising commitment to the district and to gain the participation of every family, with a suggested tax-deductible donation of $800 per student enrolled.
The phoneathon will take place at the Los Altos offices of Alain Pinel, Cashin Company, Coldwell Banker and Intero, all of which have donated their facilities for the campaign.
Over the past 25 years, LAEF has increased its annual fundraising goal 20-fold to meet the growing needs of the district in response to declining state funding. Without LAEF funds, a number of districtwide programs and positions would not be possible, including physical education, instrumental music, art aides, technology aides, computer instruction, middle school electives and class-size reduction for grades K-3 and middle school.
For the 2008-2009 academic year, LAEF has increased its fundraising goal by $220,000 over the 2007-2008 grant in an effort to sustain and enhance the district's programs.
"Given our current economic climate, we're partnering even more closely with LASD this year to ensure that our schools continue to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our children," said Teresa Kersten, LAEF board president. "Thankfully, we are fortunate to have a generous and dedicated parent population who continue to contribute time and money to LAEF and our PTAs."
For more information or to donate, visit www.laefonline.org or contact LAEF at 559-0445.