Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2004

Fundraiser set for school foundation

April 1, 2004

The Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation lists three goals for 2004, but the top priority of the three is securing funding to provide four-year, renewable scholarships to graduating seniors.

The education foundation is a volunteer organization designed to enhance educational opportunities for Basehor-Linwood teachers and students. At 7 p.m., Thursday, April 1, foundation members will host a informational and fundraising event at the Falcon Lakes Clubhouse in north Basehor.

"Basically it's supposed to be an informational deal to let people know what the foundation is about," chairman Joe Perry said.

And it wouldn't hurt matters if the foundation received some donations at the Thursday night meeting. Donations are set aside to help fund goals the education foundation has targeted for this year, Perry said.

"We have raised a lot of money but we're probably halfway to our goals for 2004," the chairman said.

The education foundation goals for 2004 are:

  • The funding of eight $500, four-year renewable scholarships, which will be awarded beginning with this year's graduating class of seniors.
  • The funding of program development grants to individual teachers within the Basehor-Linwood School District.
  • To coordinate and enhance, in cooperation with school district staff and community organizations, the scholarship information and selection process.

The foundation's advisory committee is intent on raising $25,000 for college bound seniors. The funds would provide eight scholarships, good for four years of college.

Another $4,000 would be earmarked for teachers to enhance classroom programs and the remaining $5,000 would be set aside for an education foundation endowment.

The education foundation's advisory committee, which is comprised of approximately 20 members, have met regularly since October and are attempting to rejuvenate the organization after years of relative inactivity.

Perry said the group is still searching for new members.

Anyone interested in joining the foundation is invited to attend the Thursday evening event at Falcon Lakes. Those wishing to attend should contact the School District office at (913) 724-1396.

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