Last year our Direct Give and auction raised almost $100,000. Our community made it clear that the arts are a critical part of our children’s education, so we looked for ways to support enhanced arts instruction in our school. Our dollars paid not only for art supplies, but for an upcoming staff training with Arts Impact, a local organization that provides training for teachers on integrating the arts into Project Based Learning. This year, we will continue to support the visual arts by purchasing supplies beyond the usual crayons and construction paper, and we will also work with Marie Nelson, our new performing arts teacher, to find ways to support music and theater in our school.We are three weeks in to our Direct Give campaign, and we have only made it one quarter of the way to our goal of $50,000. If our goals seem lofty far away, let us turn to accomplishments for a bit of inspiration.
- When Seattle Public Schools (SPS) opened STEM in 2012, they set a budget for 55 students. We opened our doors on day one with nearly 260.
- When SPS considered moving our school to a new, smaller site, we suggested that letting us stay at Boren and becoming a K-8 might be a better idea. They agreed to make Boren our home as we roll towards a middle school program.
- When we began our first real fundraiser last year, our Direct Give seemed to be failing. Our goal of $50,000 was nowhere near met with only a week to go. We ended up making our goal thanks to the efforts and contributions of our community (and the generous matching donations of their employers). We raised the same amount again at our first auction.
- When we began last school year, we had an empty lab and few art supplies, and a long list of materials requested by teachers. Today we have an incredible resource room in our science lab, and our teachers have access to quality art materials. In coming months, they will also be getting training in integration of arts with Project Based Learning.
- When our teachers needed resources last year, they hesitated in asking for support. Now they know that the PTA is ready and able to support their goals through material resources and professional development.