The MCEF Board:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Mary Collins Education Foundation?
The Mary Collins Education Foundation (MCEF) underwrites all the programs that enable us to meet the goals of our charter and fills the void left by state budget cuts. Specifically, the Foundation funds: the entire K-8 music program, Spanish grades 2-5, environmental education program, and non-staff teachers that teach our middle school electives, professional development for our teachers, and we also provide funds required to match grants. Our funding comes from the generous support of our community of parents and local businesses and by grants that support our school's mission.
Who is the Education Foundation?
We are volunteer parents, faculty, faculty alumni and community members who are dedicated to providing each child with a rich and rewarding early educational experience.
How does the Education Foundation raise money?
We have only 1 event planned for this year, our Walk-A-Thon. We also have a letter writing campaign called Spring Drive. We kick off the school year with our Walk-A-Thon, where all students get a chance to raise money for their school. Spring Drive is a fundraising mailer sent to current Cherry Valley families and friends of the school.
Members of MCEF are also actively engaged in grant writing and researching alternative funding sources.
What does MCEF fund?
The Education Foundation raised over $100,000 this past year and funded the following programs:
100% of our K-3 Music Program
100% of 4-8 Band
100% of 4-8 Chorus
100% of Environmental Program/ Garden Coordinator
100% of Spanish for grades 2-5 and 6-8
100% CUE conference (Teacher training)
We hope to continue this commitment and expand it in the 2016-17 school year through your generosity.
Do we need a foundation when the PTA already raises funds?
The PTA and MCEF both serve very important needs for our school. The PTA is able to provide program support for a wide range of areas in our school. MCEF is able, where the PTA is not, to support salary for our program staff. Since salaries comprise a large part of our school’s expenses, we have been able to maintain staff positions that would have otherwise fallen by the wayside. Additionally, since we are able to take these staff positions out of the regular school budget, this frees up money to support our ongoing basic educational needs.
Why are we being asked for money, aren’t our children guaranteed a free education?
Absolutely, it is the responsibility of the state to provide for the basic educational needs of our children. As a charter school, we believe that our children’s education should go beyond the basics, exposing them to a wide variety of experiences in the visual and performing arts, encouraging them to get their hands dirty in the garden, sending them out into the world on field trips and camps to put their education into practice, and providing the support for them to develop their social skills and problem solving abilities. Together, the PTA and Education Foundation ensure that these and other enrichment programs continue and grow.
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