Community Message April 2018

Community Message April 2018
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April 2018

It started with a $40 contribution in 2013. Now, five years later, the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation is poised to cross the $1 million mark in money raised to provide opportunities and resources for our district’s students, teachers, and schools.

Five years ago, a few members of our community saw an opportunity to do more for our schools, to fill the widening state financing gaps, invest in innovation, and seed new ideas. The establishment of the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation was met with an outpouring of community support from citizens and businesses alike. Last August, a record 700 people attended the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Flip Flop Gala, which raised $200,000. The 2018 Flip Flop Gala is on August 24.

As we celebrate the foundation’s five-year anniversary, we reflect on all it has contributed to our schools, including hundreds of Chromebooks, 3D printers, industrial arts tools, musical instruments, and science and robotics equipment. The foundation has also made substantial investments in unique school programs for students and professional development opportunities for teachers. However, perhaps its most valuable contribution has been its efforts to generate more opportunities to involve the community in our schools.

 

 

“We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through the support of our very generous community, which has rallied behind us, and we have put so many more innovative tools into the hands of our teachers and students.”

Kim Schutt, Weld RE-4 Education Foundation President

 

 

The foundation has linked sponsors with opportunities to recognize students and their teachers, from Teacher Appreciation Week Social Hour to the annual essay contest. The essay contest in particular is a highlight of the year for everyone involved. “Kids are at the heart” is one of the core values of our school district, and it is affirming to hear students say about their teachers, “She challenged me and made me soar educationally...” and “If she wouldn't have crossed my path, I'd probably be down the wrong one.”

The foundation not only honors our teachers’ contributions but also supports them by providing access to tools that encourage innovation and creativity in the classroom. Over the past two years, the foundation has funded nearly $200,000 in teacher grants to pay for, for example, touch-screen laptops, digital photography and robotics equipment, Google Expedition Kits, and flex classroom seating.

The foundation strives to serve as a catalyst for excellence in education. In the last five years, the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation has sparked classroom innovation, provided numerous platforms for recognizing students and teachers, and stimulated community interest in what’s going on in our schools. We are grateful to those who had the foresight to start the foundation and to the countless others who have since been a part of the foundation’s efforts. Thank you!

Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District