Education foundation raises $18,000
WHITTIER – The new Lowell Joint Education Foundation may not be the answer to all of the financial woes plaguing the local school district – but it’s certainly a start. Not even a year after it was established, the 30-member group has already raked in $18,000 for the Lowell Joint School District through an Adopt-A-Room program launched to coincide with the district’s centennial celebration this year. Given that school board members approved $1.8 million in cuts just one week ago, the extra funds couldn’t have come at a better time, said interim Superintendent Ronald Randolph. “We view the foundation as a very integral, timely asset to the district,” Randolph said. “They’re a great committee and they’ve been working hard. “Usually, foundations have to take one or two years before they reach their real potential. But we’re hoping that occurs early with this group.” Foundation President Richard Jones said the group came together at the school board’s request after it failed to pass a $95-a-year parcel tax last year to help the district maintain its programs. Its first fundraising effort was the Adopt-A-Room program, which allowed parents or community members to “adopt” a classroom, library or computer room for a starting rate of $100 – about the amount that they would have paid if the parcel tax had passed. “It’s a program where those who want to contribute can do so voluntarily,” Jones said. “A lot of people said they didn’t want a tax, but they voluntarily wanted to be able give back to the schools.” At least two other fundraisers are in the works as well for the foundation, including a celebrity golf tournament featuring mostly retired athletes June 5 in La Habra, and a centennial gala Nov. 4. Jones hopes to raise at least $25,000 with the golf tournament. In the next couple of months, Jones said the foundation will work with the district to establish a funding priority list, focusing on one-time expenditures such as purchasing band instruments or computers. “We’ll keep doing that until we get our legs under us and see how many dollars we can raise on a regular basis,” Jones said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!