By Karen Billing
In its final fundraising push, the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation was able to raise $200,000 in the month of April alone, bringing its total raised to nearly $1.3 million for the Del Mar Union School District. With those monies, the foundation will be able to fund 13 full-time Extended Studies Curriculum (ESC) teachers for the next school year, 2011-2012, in the subjects of science, technology, art, music and PE, according to Drew Isaacman, foundation president.
Those funded 13 teachers match what the foundation was able to provide in the current school year.
“The community really pulled together; it’s incredible,” said Isaacman. “We can’t say enough about the involvement of the community as a whole, raising this much money every year. It’s an amazing accomplishment and we look forward to maintaining this level of education for our children.”
Isaacman said the foundation was “very happy” that two-thirds of all school families participated this year and said parents should be proud of their generosity in these hard times.
The foundation raised about the same amount as last year, but kept their expenses slightly lower, Isaacman said. Their initial fundraising goal was $2 million.
The district will fund the rest of the ESC program, in the past the district’s funding has been about equal to the numbers the foundation supports.