Last year’s “Donation Day” was transformed into this year’s “Foundation Day,” as parents, teachers and students brought out the red to celebrate everything that’s been accomplished in the Menlo Park Elementary School District this past year.
“We want to thank the community for their support and to remind them that we need their continued support,” said Alison Leupold who co-chairs the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, the organizer of today’s event. All four schools – Encinal, Hillview, Laurel and Oak Knoll (pictured) – were festooned with red balloons as well as red boxes to receive donations.
The goal of the Foundation is to raise $2.5 million this year; last year the non-profit organization donated $2.35 million, about 8% of the District’s budget.
The celebratory feel of Foundation Day was prompted by the passage of Measure C last spring and the completed renovations of Encinal, Laurel and Oak Knoll. Construction of a new Hillview middle school is underway.
“I think people give for reasons similar to why our family makes an annual donation,” said Leopold. “We love Menlo Park and having strong public schools adds to the vibrancy of our community. The bond measures pay for the facilities. The parcel tax and Foundation money supports what happens inside the classrooms.”
The red boxes will be back out after school to collect more donations.
Photos by Linda Hubbard Gulker