July 31, 2018
What a fantastic community we live in! We rally together to build playgrounds, fund and watch fireworks, find lost dogs, and engage in civil discussion. In addition to this wonderful small town feel, many families, including our own, moved to this area because of the excellent public schools and our shared values about the importance of education.
In fact, this community’s commitment to public education and spirit of generosity helped us raise just over $2,200,000 for the second straight year. Thanks to the nearly $200,000 in proceeds from our second annual fundraising gala, we were able to increase our grants to the schools for the 2018-2019 school year by over 10% from the prior year to $2,250,000! That is because of you - our donors, our business and civic sponsors, and our volunteers. Each year, you help us bridge that all-important gap between the state funding our schools receive and the actual cost of educating our students. As a result, our schools remain consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of California public schools.
MEF will continue to fundraise to sustain vital staff and programs and rely on you to help us reach our goal. It is a privilege to be a part of this amazing community, dedicated to our children, that works hard to maintain these opportunities for every student, every day.
Kitty Stephens Stephanie Becker
MEF Co-President MEF Co-President