Dear West High School families and friends,
The Foundation has been very busy for the first part of the year. Our new campaign, West 365, has been a great success. In addition, our annual phone-a-thon was again met with a positive response. Your donations have allowed us to almost completely fulfill the grants that have been requested by our teachers. This year we have raised over $34,000 for the fulfillment of grants and our yearly commitments, and we have been able to commit funds in the following areas:
|Conferences and seminars
|AP Calculus stipend
|Equipment & educational supplies
These committed funds total over $34,000, and our year is just over half over.
Each of these areas is vital to the continued excellence of WHS. The conferences and seminars help our teachers to meet regionally or nationally with peers and experts in their fields. These enhance them with new information to bring back to the West community. The need for the calculus stipend became imperative at the beginning of school due to the loss of an integral part of our math department. The Foundation is supplementing the cost for one of our full-time teachers to teach an extra class above and beyond her regular class load. Technologically, we are always in desperate need of expertise especially with education becoming more and more computerized. This demand will only increase; however, much of the cost of increased technical assistance is largely the responsibility of each individual school. Lastly, we have been very pleased to award grants for certain equipment and educational supplies this year. Mr. Eng was awarded a new 3-D printer for the Art Department. Ms. Nelson was awarded $3200 towards new lighting for the auditorium. Mr. Davis was given funds to go towards new risers. Mr. Lumpkin was given $2600 for new band instruments. Graphing notebooks and calculators (250) were awarded to the math department. These are all funds that the Foundation has been able to award due to the generosity of our donors.
This Spring, the Foundation is partnering with the PTSO to put on the Spring Soiree. This is the major fundraiser for the PTSO and the Spring fundraiser for the Foundation. Our work here at West is not finished. The Foundation will continue to receive grants until the end of the year. Our Above and Beyond program comes at the end of the year and serves as a financial award program for our teachers who have repeatedly shown a commitment to WHS students outside of classroom hours. Lastly, we have a multiplicity of needs throughout the summer that will need funding. Please come and support this year’s event. It is a fun event that helps both organizations. As always, sponsorships are greatly appreciated.
I am ever grateful for the support that has been shown to the Foundation by so many of you thus far. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
For more information, you can download our free Foundation brochure here.
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