Davis Schools Foundation drive enters home stretch

The Davis Schools Foundation spring campaign is just days away from culmination as organizers hope to reach their $500,000 goal. More than $200,000 has been raised so far.

Families, business supporters, relatives and friends of the Davis schools are invited to visit the foundation’s booth in Community Park on the Fourth of July and donate what they can.

Funds raised will be used immediately in the 2012-13 school year, and will go toward paying for elementary instructional aides to offset larger classes, junior high vice principals and high school counselors.

Although the initial goal is $500,000, foundation leaders hope to exceed it with donations of a “Dollar-A-Day,” or $365, for every child in the Davis schools. That would  equal $3 million, a news release said.

“In order to continue to maintain excellent schools in our town, we need to continue to work together,” said Maria Ungermann, foundation president. “One dollar per day for every student each year in our schools would help ensure that the quality programs we have come to expect for our children will continue in the years to come.

“It is up to all of us to have a shared responsibility for all of the children in our community. We cannot wait for someone else to donate the final dollars. We need to ask ourselves if we can reach a bit deeper, and give a little bit more.”

The foundation will have a booth under the solar panels in Community Park, along with other vendors, beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday. In the evening, beginning at 5 p.m., the foundation also will have a table set up near the entertainment stage, where representatives will be ready to collect donations.

“Look for the foundation’s red school house at the park,” Ungermann said.

Donations of cash, check and credit card will be accepted (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Donors also may go online to http://www.davisschoolsfoundation.org/ or mail a donation to the Davis Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1154, Davis, CA 95617.

Special to The Enterprise

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