Del Mar Schools Education Foundation fall fundraising up over last year

By Karen Billing

The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF) had a “tremendous” fall, according to president Drew Isaacman, raising $360,000 so far, which is 15 percent higher than the same time last year. He said funds raised to date can be attributed to several schools that already held jogathons in the fall and got a big boost from the use of Pledge Star, an online pledge drive tool that helped them eclipse previous year’s numbers by as much as 40 percent in some cases.

Isaacman also has high hopes for the Jan. 22 Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K that will benefit DMSEF. The race continues to fill and Isaacman said he thinks it will be bigger than last year.

He noted that the size of the foundation-funded Extended Studies Curriculum, which includes technology, science, PE, art and music, is bigger than it has been in the last five years.

“Parents and the school communities know and appreciate this, and the foundation is ensuring that we continue it for next year,” Isaacman said. “It’s too good to lose.”