Del Mar Schools Education Foundation makes final fundraising push for next school year

In the last few weeks of fundraising for the Del Mar Union School District’s programs in art, music, science, technology and PE, the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation is hoping to overcome being a “wee bit short,” according to President Ty Humes.

As of April 22, the foundation had raised just over $1 million, which would be three teachers short of the full Extended Studies Curriculum (ESC) students had last year.

While they are a little short of their fundraising goal to keep ESC levels consistent, Humes said in the history of the program, they have raised the most money at this point of the year compared with the same time in previous years.

With $192,000 pending in corporate contributions and several fundraisers to go, Humes said, “I’m extremely confident we’ll make our numbers.” To keep the levels consistent with this year’s fundraising, $1.4 million is needed; however, the goal each year is closer to $2 million.

The foundation plans to present its contribution check to the school board on May 27.

As of next year, Del Mar’s program will no longer be known as ESC but as “STEAM Plus.” The foundation plans to roll out the new STEAM Plus program at its Tuesday, May 12 meeting at 7 p.m. at Ashley Falls School.

STEAM Plus is a curriculum based on educating students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, plus physical wellness and research. Projects are designed with an interdisciplinary and applied approach, rather than teaching the subjects separately.

Participation in the 2014-15 campaign is at 45 percent, and several fundraising events have been very successful — the Torrey Hills School Pajama Jam brought in their highest total ever with $22,000, and Snooze an AM Eatery contributed 10 percent of its proceeds from breakfast on April 23, anticipated to be about $3,000.

“Ocean Air School has repeatedly been the leader in family participation for the district when it comes to ESC contributions, and this year we are slightly behind, which has impacted not only our school but the district as a whole,” Humes said.

Humes is personally hosting an event in the Ocean Air neighborhood from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Crust Pizzeria. Humes aims to raise $50,000 in that three-hour period to help push the foundation over the finish line.

Crust Pizzeria is at 4653 Carmel Mountain Road. Visit