Catching Up at the Duchess

Thanks to all who joined us at the Duchess Tavern last Thursday for our Parents’ Night Out. We had a nice intimate group of friends, neighbors and 545 families that gave us ample opportunity to catch up with each other, raise a glass, and discuss our children, the school and the Foundation.

Congratulations to the raffle winners–we hope you enjoy those wonderful bottles of wine from JM Cellars and complimentary beer and pizza courtesy of the Duchess. And special thanks to the Duchess for welcoming our group.

We look forward to seeing you all again at the JM Winery Social when the weather warms up: Mark your calendars for Friday, April 25th, when the Party Bus returns!

Reading & writing programs supported by 2013 Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation grant

The Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation has been working in tandem with the PTA to identify areas of need at the school. As a result of this collaboration, the Foundation has issued a $3500 grant to finance the purchase of Reading Room books for kindergarteners and first graders, as well as Writers Workshop curricula for kindergarteners. In addition, a portion of the grant will co-fund Library furniture upgrades to benefit all students.

The mission of the Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation is to establish a $1 Million endowment to enrich the educational experience of children at Laurelhurst Elementary for generations to come. While the Foundation works toward this goal, each year it makes a financial award to meet an area of need and benefit today’s children. The Foundation donors are pleased to support Laurelhurst students’ reading and writing programs with this year’s gift.

Tax man’s coming: Join 545 today!

As we enter the Fall season, our thoughts turn to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Holiday season. But not so for our accountants. They would love us to do some effective tax planning before the end of the year. What better tax planning than to make your annual $500+ donation to the Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation today. When you make a charitable contribution in 2013, the Federal government is essentially paying 35% of the gift for you. What a great way to end the year! Thanks for all your support, and with your help, we look forward to making our next annual grant to Laurelhurst Elementary.

Curriculum night is Foundation awareness night

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Kindergarten and First Grade parents and teachers who welcomed us into their classrooms on Wednesday’s curriculum night. We received wonderful feedback from those attending, many of whom were pleased to learn that there was a way to extend the benefits of giving beyond the current school year. We look forward to welcoming many new 545 Families to our Foundation as a result of everyone’s efforts Wednesday night. We are grateful for the enthusiasm of all who helped spread the word and for the passion and receptiveness of the parents who embrace the philosophy of the Foundation and share our commitment to growing the endowment for the benefit of current and future Laurelhurst children.

Enrich your family and your community: Join us in 2013

giving_snapWe are a community of parents, friends, and neighbors committed to the education and wellbeing of our children.  We believe that Laurelhurst Elementary School is the nucleus of our neighborhood, and we are dedicated to supporting the school’s health and vibrancy into the future.

The Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation was established to ensure a permanent source of funding for enrichment programs and initiatives at Laurelhurst Elementary School.  Over the last 15 years, more than 150 families and organizations have contributed to the Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation.  With a capital base now in excess of $700,000, the Foundation has made significant headway toward our goal of reaching $1 million.

In spite of our focus on saving and investing toward the $1 million milestone, our children are already benefiting from the generosity of our donors.  Since its establishment, the Foundation has returned over $130,000 to our community in the form of grant funding for initiatives and programs in Laurelhurst Elementary.

Our hallmark fundraising program continues to be the 545 Campaign, through which Laurelhurst families commit to donating $500 per year for five years.  Every spring we host an exclusive event to honor and celebrate our 545 Families.

Please join us in demonstrating your commitment to our children, our school, and our community by supporting the Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation as a 545 Family.

Sincerely,

The Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation Board of Directors