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Schools foundation likely won’t make May goal; organizers remain hopeful

The Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation on Monday had raised $235,000 in pledges toward its goal of $500,000 to help bridge the school district’s budget shortfall.

Zabette Macomber, chair of the foundation’s board, said it looked as if the foundation wouldn’t meet its goal of raising $500,000 by the end of April. Nonetheless, she said, she was feeling good about the fundraiser’s progress. The foundation seems to have more pledges than it did at this point in the campaign last year, she said, and the recent Spring Break caused a bit of a lull in giving.

“We all knew that May 1 was coming very quickly. … I would be pleasantly surprised if we met our goal, but we will just as happily keep taking money ’til the end,” she said.

Macomber said the “drop dead” deadline for fundraising is June 30, the end of the district’s budget year, but the foundation had hoped to raise the full amount by May 1 so that the district could avoid issuing layoff notices to teachers.

“On an emotional level, I just don’t want to do that to our teachers,” she said.

The foundation’s extra outreach to businesses this year has been successful so far, Macomber added, and many of Vashon’s lawyers and medical professionals have been pledging along with other business owners.

“The business donations are coming along really well,” she said.

The foundation would, however, like to see more school district families participate in the fundraiser, Macomber said. As of Monday, about 17 percent of district families had pledged to donate, a far cry from the foundation’s goal to see all families pledge some amount.

Macomber said she believes many families are planning to donate, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

“People have been so receptive, it’s great,” she said. “It’s just inertia right now that we need to get over. … We need people to take two minutes out of their time to actually do it.”

 

To pledge to give to the Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation, see www.vashonschoolsfoundation.org or send a check to P.O. Box 481, Vashon, WA 98070.

 

 

 

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