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Eureka Schools Foundation gives $500,000 to district

Money will help fund school libraries, computer technology, music and sports
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The 100 golfers putting around at the Granite Bay Golf Club May 12 had more than a hole-in-one on their minds. They were enjoying a day on the greens to raise money for the Eureka Schools Foundation, an organization that helps fund enrichment programs for elementary and middle schools in the Eureka Union School District. The golf tournament generated nearly $80,000. Earlier this month, the foundation donated more than $500,000 for the students in the district for the upcoming school year. The money will fund libraries, computer technology, music, band, choir, foreign language and athletics. The money comes at a much-needed time for the district, which faces a $4.3 million deficit and state budget cuts. ESF responded to the financial crisis by raising more money than in previous years. The allocation will allow the district to staff libraries on each campus and keep all computer technology classes staffed. “The foundation’s support in concert with our other parent groups has enabled our district to provide the enrichment programs that bridge the shortfall from the state budget,” said EUSD Superintendent Dr. Tim McCarty in a press release. “Our educators are deeply indebted to the generosity of our parents and local business community.” ESF starts fundraising each November with an annual Dinner Dance and Auction Gala, followed by the golf tournament, 5K run — coming up Sunday — and the Annual Giving Campaign. The giving campaign, which ended in March, raised more than $180,000 through donations. “The outpouring of support from businesses in our community and families in our district has been unprecedented given the challenging economic climate our community has faced over the last few years,” said ESF President Renee Nash in a press release. “We are grateful and appreciative of every donation we have received over this fundraising period to make this large allocation to the children of our school district possible.” For more information, visit www.eurekaschoolsfoundation.org. ~ Sena Christian ---------- ESF 2010-11 school year allocation: · $430,000 for libraries, computer technology, music, band, choir and junior high athletics · $32,000 in block grants to each school site averaging about $4,000 per school · $30,000 for teachers to attend the district’s Summer Training Institute · $24,000 for Viva Espanol, the district’s foreign language program · $6,000 for three EUSD teams to attend the national Destination Imagination championships later this month in Nashville, Tennessee ---------- The Eureka Schools Foundation 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 23, at Granite Bay High School, 1 Grizzly Way. Online registration is now closed. Same day registration is subject to availability from 7 to 8:15 a.m. on race day. Adults 19 and older cost $30 and youth cost $25. The one-mile run for kids 11 and younger cost $10 and the 100-yard dash for kids cost $10. For more information, visit www.eurekaschoolsfoundation.org.