The Davis Schools Foundation has launched its annual fund drive, with proceeds targeted for three core areas — technology, counseling and instructional classroom aides. DSF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to funding equitable programs in Davis’ public schools.
The focus on those three areas is designed to help prepare the district to implement the new Common Core standards, support classroom teaching and benefit all students, said Lori Duisenberg, the foundation’s new president.
“The true ‘riches’ of Davis are found in the strong sense of community that is fortified by a strong, successful school system,” Duisenberg said in a news release. “DSF is working tirelessly to bring together all parts of our community — including educators, parents, students and businesses — to support our public schools, which in turn, makes Davis a better place to live for all.”
Added Superintendent Winfred Roberson, “DSF donations make a huge difference in our district. We thank the foundation for partnering with us and the community for their ongoing generosity that enables our district to thrive.”
DSF’s standard donation is $365 per child per year, but donations of all amounts are accepted with gratitude. DSF welcomes donations not only from families with children in the Davis schools, but also from community education stakeholders – grandparents, educators, alumni and parents of alumni, business owners and Davis homeowners.
“Many families elect to make their annual pledges in monthly installments,” Duisenberg said. “We have also added a new feature to our updated website that allows donors to see if their employers match donations. In addition, the website now allows groups to book the carousel in Central Park for birthday parties.”
DJUSD families and previous donors will receive a letter in the mail detailing the campaign. For more information or to donate online, visit www.davisschoolsfoundation.org.
The Davis Schools Foundation was formed in 2004 by a group of Davis community members who shared a commitment to maintaining and improving the excellence of Davis schools. The founding members crafted a “Dollar-a-Day” concept for raising funds, urging supporters to contribute the equivalent of an ongoing $1 a day per child per year ($365 per child)
The foundation has raised more than $3.7 million in less than a decade.