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Foundation Reaches For Every School, Every Child

New organization looks at ways to raise funds for schools

The stage has been set for the White Salmon School District to benefit from a new funding source for generations to come.

A nonprofit education foundation dubbed the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) has been incorporated in the State of Washington and has applied for federal tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

The foundation's mission is straightforward, but potentially far reaching: "to provide a stable long-term source of supplemental income to the White Salmon Valley School District."

By consistently investing in the entire district, rather than a single school or program, the foundation strives to reach every child enrolled in every school in the White Salmon District.

Although the WSVEF is an independent nonprofit foundation, the volunteer based organization is working hand-in-hand with the school district, district administrators, faculty, and staff to insure that the foundation's efforts support and compliment existing School Improvement Plans and other district-led initiatives.

Local taxpayers have consistently supported White Salmon schools through maintenance and operation levies, PTOs, boosters and other fundraising efforts.

Even though the funds raised through these channels are essential elements of the district's financial picture, many much needed curriculum enhancements remain impossible due to increasing state and federal budgetary constraints.

Foundation organizers are committed to developing a new funding source that will supplement limited state and federal budgets for K-12 education within the district and make curriculum enhancements a reality.

The superintendent of White Salmon Valley Schools, Dale Palmer, has expressed his support for the foundation's work, saying "The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation has the potential to assist with enhancing our existing curriculum...[It] could be enhanced dramatically with support from this foundation."

After meeting with a broad spectrum of school constituents from all three of White Salmon's schools, the foundation has identified the following areas as priority targets for supplemental funding: science, math, technology, language arts, music, visual and performing arts, industrial arts, health education, after school programs, and staff development.

The foundation will create a mini-grant program to fund initiatives in each of these critical areas.

The foundation intends to tap new and additional sources of revenue for the district that will have immediate and lasting impacts.

The primary contributors will include charitable foundations which make educational grants, socially conscious corporations, and forward thinking individual donors within the community.

The foundation will also host two fundraising events each year to ensure the sustainability of all new programs put in place in partnership with the school district.

Members of the WSVEF Board of Directors believe that "a fundraising partnership between the district and the foundation is a model that has been proven around the country and offers our community a new opportunity to give our children the best possible education."

To make a donation contact the foundation at 493-1175 or by email at info@wsvef.org

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