Unfortunately, times are changing and the high quality schools that draw many of us to Albany are in jeopardy.
Albany schools need your help. Will you join over 900 other Albany families and businesses and invest in your child’s education by donating to SchoolCARE today?
Albany’s quality school environment is being impacted by the statewide budget crisis. In fact, since the Great Recession, class sizes have increased and staff and programs have been reduced. Albany doesn’t receive enough money from the State of California to fully support the staff we need to educate our students.
Right now many in the district are concerned that, without the passage of Proposition 30 or 38, mid-year education cuts in Sacramento would mean major impacts on staff and classrooms in Albany.
SchoolCARE is ready. SchoolCARE is making a difference, raising money to stop many of these cuts, supporting the teachers and other staff that make a huge difference to our kids.
SchoolCARE is an eleven-year old, non-profit organization made up of volunteer moms and dads like you who care about their child’s education.
Unlike other groups, which help provide program resources, SchoolCARE directly supports staff salaries with your donations.
Since 2001, SchoolCARE has provided more than $3 million to equitably support Albany’s K-12 schools. Albany’s Board of Education now relies on SchoolCARE to support essential services such as reading and math specialists, counseling, art enrichment, library technical support and extra periods at the middle and high schools (known as “electives”) such as foreign language, computers and music.
For this 2012-2013 school year, thanks to people like you and based on the most critical needs identified at each school level, SchoolCARE is paying for:
- Elementary Schools: Intervention specialists and art enrichment at Cornell, Marin and Ocean View (**please note: SchoolCARE’s art enrichment funding is separate from the Albany Elementary Giving Campaign, which is raising money for enrichment funds beyond SchoolCARE’s donation**);
- Albany Middle School (AMS): Counseling services and a Library Tech – which means the library at AMS can remain open daily to the students;
- Albany High School (AHS): Several extra periods (known as electives), such as foreign language, music and computers, which couldn’t be offered otherwise, and a Library Tech which means the library can remain open daily to the students;
- MacGregor High School: Funding to support its culinary arts program.
SchoolCARE is making a difference at every school in Albany including the elementary schools – but our work is not finished.
Please donate as generously as you can – we suggest an annual donation of $500 per child – only half of what you likely paid each month for your child’s preschool tuition! Every donation counts, so please donate an amount that works for your family.
To donate to SchoolCARE, please consider one of these options:
- Write a check and send to: SchoolCARE, 1563 Solano Ave. #537, Albany, CA 94707;
- Donate monthly via a credit card – click on JustGive link at www.AlbanySchoolCARE.org. or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can assist you with a monthly donation;
- Make a one-time, generous donation at our website through Just Give.
Together, we can fight the state’s budget dysfunction and protect our strong schools! Please help fill the gap between Albany as a good school district and Albany as a great school district.
And we would love to hear from you and have you get involved with us! What drew you to Albany? What questions do you have? Feel free to contact me anytime at email@example.com with your thoughts or questions, or to get involved.
Thank you for your support.
President, Albany SchoolCARE
P.S. Good news to folks who shop local; check out our website for businesses partnering with SchoolCARE and donating 10% of its proceeds to us on the “first of each month”. As You Wish Frozen Yogurt, Bua Luang and Galvin Appliance – SchoolCARE thanks you!