The OA Ed Foundation board met last evening, May 12th. Members present were Carolyn Hoelscher, Pam Hansen, Jason Wulf, Carol Auen, Kevin Carstensen; and Sup't. Dani Trimble and Bob Auen. Discussion was held on raising funds for the district to purchase active boards for the classrooms. Carol and Carolyn viewed active boards in use at the BC-IG elementary and were very impressed at the interaction it provided for the students with their lessons. Sup't. Trimble reported that each unit would cost approx. $3,800. The members approved launching a campaign to raise $40,000 to purchase 10 active board units. Funds will be raised and hopefully have some in place by the start of the next school year.
Applications were reviewed for the two scholarships of $250 each. They will be presented their checks at the awards night next Wednesday night. Carol has agreed to represent the foundation to make these presentations.
One application was received for the mini-grants that we offered that were due on May 1st. Kara Neville submitted an application for books for an elementary leveled book library. It will benefit all the students and all teachers will have access to the books. She asked for a minimum of $100 up to $5,000; as they could use anything we could help them with. Mrs. Trimble informed us that there were no funds available through the district to help with this project, and that it would be a very valuable assest for the district. The members voted to grant Kara $2,500 at this time to begin the project.
Vicki is working on a brochure for the foundation showcasing the previous projects that we have funded since we organized. Kevin will check with her to see how that is coming. Mrs. Trimble will help with the information on the active boards that we would like to include.
Fundraising activities were also discussed; the members felt that we should try to promote donations on a larger scale, including the endowment options at this time. Since it is such a busy time of the year, there will be no meeting in June, but that we would stay in touch through email till the brochures are ready.