Friday might be the last day of school for students in the Burlingame Elementary School District, but the Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE) is still at work raising funds, which help maintain a high level of education for Burlingame’s six elementary schools.
BCE has a goal of raising $1 million by June 30. As of last week, the organization had raised $950,0000 and was looking for $50,000, said BCE Executive Director Nicole Johnson.
“Every donations counts because we are so close to our goal,” Johnson said. “Every donation really will make a difference.”
BCE members ask a donation of $750 per child, but are happy with any donation. BCE holds numerous fundraisers throughout the year, such as a Read-a-thon and Dinner Dance. They recently finished up a phone bank reaching out to parents in the district.
BCE members work with the school board to determine how the money raised is spent, but Johnson said one funding request has already been promised.
“If we do make our $1 million goal, the district has guaranteed for us a science specialist to work with the students in the district,” she said. “The remaining goes to keeping class sized as small as possible, to quality instruction and enriched curriculum.”
BCE is a nonprofit established in 1981 that raises money for programs and education opportunities no longer afforded by state money.
To donate, visit www.bcefoundation.org/donate.