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From The President

Spring gala
From left to right: Jessi Epperson, Colleen Royal, and Micaela Jeffery as they prepared for the annual Spring Gala

A Year to Remember!

Many thanks to all who supported and generously donated to the Friends of La Jolla Elementary School Foundation this past year. We were able to fund three additional classroom teachers to reduce class sizes; enrichment staff and supplies in art, music, technology, Spanish, performing arts, and library; a variety of support teachers and specialists across all grade levels; and educational tools such as ST Math and Everyday Math workbooks. Also, 25 air conditioning units were purchased when our classroom temperatures exceeded a comfortable learning level. Additionally, we purchased 80 much needed computers for 2nd grade and two color copier machines. We also continued to improve our campus by replacing turf in the Kindergarten area, renovating the lunch courtyard, and beautifying the Marine Street entrance to our wonderful school.

We were able to accomplish this through a combination of fundraising efforts including business sponsorships, our annual giving campaign, and our Howdy Dude spring gala which was one of the most successful (and FUN!) events in our school’s history. Additionally, our Open Aire Market will celebrate it’s 18th year this fall and continues to grow and improve with your support. None of this could happen without the hard work of our wonderful volunteers.

Friends is a volunteer, parent-led organization. There are many ways to help support our excellent school beyond making a monetary donation. Our board includes people with a variety of skills – such as marketing, sales, legal and finance skills. There are other opportunities to volunteer with our annual spring gala, the party of the year and a “must attend” event. This event requires hundreds of hours of parent power, for jobs big and small. We’ll take any minute you can offer!

Colleen Royal