Archive for Thursday, September 10, 2009

Organization plans several fundraisers for USD 458

September 10, 2009

It’s another year in the Basehor-Linwood School District, and the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation has several activities planned to raise money for students and staff.

The foundation has been actively involved in USD 458 for more than six years, and its 10 members each year find unique ways to contribute to the district.

President Julian Espinoza said one of the newest events was called “Football Frenzy,” in which community members receive cards with three NFL teams listed for a suggested donation of $20 and win prizes and money.

“This is the first year for it,” Espinoza said. “Other districts in the area have done it with great success, so we thought we’d give it a try. It’s a fun way for people to donate to the schools.”

In October, the Education Foundation is sponsoring a golf tournament at Falcon Lakes Country Club. Participants can enter for $100 and can sponsor a hole for $400. Any team of four that sponsors a hole will receive a $100 discount off the total cost.

“We do the golf tournament every year,” Espinoza said. “Everyone enjoys it, and we raise about $9,000 from that event alone. Our goal this year is $10,000.”

In addition to the Football Frenzy and golf tournament, the foundation organizes a play each year for students of all ages in the district and continually runs a card saver program with which cardholders can receive discounts at local businesses. With all the events it plans throughout the school year, the Education Foundation raises more than $75,000 for student scholarships and more than $12,000 for support of district staff and administration.

While the district receives support from the Education Foundation, the foundation also leans on the district. Espinoza said USD 458 staff members helped the foundation with numerous tasks and provided needed supplies.

“That’s a big, big deal to us,” Espinoza said of the district’s aid. “We have great support from them, and we couldn’t do a lot of the things we do otherwise.”

Espinoza said the principal aspect of the foundation was student recognition.

“We want to recognize as many students as we can,” he said. “The parents appreciate it, the kids thank us. It’s important to recognize those students for their hard work.”

For more information about the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation or any of its activities, contact Julian Espinoza at (816) 797-5783 or Kaci Brutto at (913) 724-1396.

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