The Austin Eagle Foundation needs YOU!
It's been a difficult year, to say the least, and we will soon begin a new school year in an unprecedented way. We feel it's imperative to be direct with our Austin community about exactly what it takes to keep our National Blue Ribbon Award-winning school operating at its current caliber. Virtual learning will present our wonderful teachers and staff with new challenges, and unfortunately, county funding fails to fully support technology needs and resources for our school even in the best of times. On average, it costs more than $175 per family above and beyond Dekalb County's budget to provide critical academic programs and resources for our school, including paraprofessional support, technology support for our students, PTO initiatives and more. For these reasons, we are asking each family to contribute $175 or more to the Austin Eagle Foundation for our 2020-2021 school year.
WHAT IS THE AUSTIN EAGLE FOUNDATION?
The Austin Eagle Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013, bridges the gap between student needs at Austin Elementary and the funding received each year by the State and District. Funds are raised through monetary donations, with 100% being utilized within the school for enhanced academic engagement and student support.
BECOME AN AUSTIN EAGLE FOUNDATION SPONSOR
We realize that many of our beloved Austin families feel the impact of COVID-19 in a variety of ways, and requesting donations during these extraordinary times is a big ask which may not be feasible for all. However, the Austin Eagle Foundation funds more than 70% of Austin’s curriculum budget each year, and this funding will be even more critical this school year as we navigate the distinct challenges of virtual learning. We're also beginning to brainstorm creative ways for classes to safely meet outdoors as the year progresses, which will require some unique resources. So, where will your money go and how exactly can it help this year?
The Austin Eagle Foundation is the primary fundraiser for the PTO and school. When you support the Austin Eagle Foundation, you will be helping or teachers and our children with:
- Paraprofessional support;
- Technology and on-line learning software licenses;
- Classroom enrichment and PTO funding;
- Staff development and training;
- Literacy development & S.T.E.M programming;
- Modular seating and equipment for future outdoor classroom space; and
- so much more...
This year your family will receive an Austin magnet for any Foundation donation of $25 or more. Thank you so much for your consideration!
AUSTIN EAGLE FOUNDATION FAMILY SPONSOR -- $175
*(Suggested minimum per family to help cover Austin’s annual expenses)
We understand these are unique times, however if your family is interested in donating incrementally to the Austin Eagle Foundation, we are so appreciative of your support!
GOLD WINGS FAMILY SPONSOR -- $350
PLATINUM WINGS FAMILY SPONSOR -- $750
DIAMOND WINGS FAMILY SPONSOR -- $1000
PTO CLASSROOM DUES & MEMBERSHIP ($35 per student)
Membership dues are a per student classroom fee we collect at the beginning of each school year. These funds provide a $200 stipend to ALL homeroom teachers to help supplement classroom supplies, as well as to pay for winter and spring teacher appreciation events and gifts. Membership in the PTO is open to anyone who believes in and supports the mission and purposes of our PTO, with member dues of $35 per student.
On behalf of the families of the Austin Eagle Foundation and PTO, THANK YOU for doing your part to ensure this school year is a fantastic one for our children, no matter where their learning takes place.
When you are ready to join, please click HERE.
Austin Faculty & Staff, please click HERE to join.