Letters to the Editor

San Juan foundation closer to 'saving' schools, but still needs help

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation is so grateful for the incredible generosity of our community’s response to the Save Our Schools (SOS) Campaign. We are more than halfway toward meeting the “challenge gift” of $300,000!

Through the SOS campaign, more than 450 families have donated $94,270 and pledged $6,920. In addition, Valmark’s gift of $50,000, a gift of $10,000 from Rich and Joan Komen, and $10,000 from Roche Harbor make the total of “matching gifts” to date over $170,000.

Now it is imperative that we raise the final $130,000 in order to match the remaining challenge gift. This will restore the athletic program (including boys soccer, girls volleyball, boys tennis, golf, track and wrestling), restore support for students struggling to learn to read, and restore essential secretarial and custodial services.

Pledges can still be made on the SOS hotline at 370-7925 or donations can be made online at www.sjpsf.org. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your contribution!

We want to thank our superintendent, Michael Soltman, for his leadership and the quick response of his team in identifying next year’s funding crisis before most districts in Washington even knew there was a problem. This early outreach to the community, clearly communicating the gravity of our situation, gave us the time and opportunity to respond proactively. And the overwhelmingly positive response has been possible because of this very caring, supportive and generous community.

We want to thank the community for this initial response to the school funding crisis. We continue to be inspired by this community’s resolve to Save Our Schools!

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation

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