News and Events
Gala raises over $50,000 for 21st Century Learning
The Langley School District Foundation has received support from a number of corporations and associations in 2012/13. The Resource Training Organization of BC held the 4th annual Pumpkin Run at Aldor Acres in October 2012, raising $2500 for school apprenticeship programs; Peninsula Runners held the 2nd Annual Golden Ears 10k and Half Marathon Run raising funds for our school programs; the 4th Annual Summer Celebration Event was held at Walnut Gate Shopping Centre; Township 7 Winery hosted Theatre Under the Stars; and Family Day was sponsored by the Walnut Grove Business Association. Upcoming events include Family Day at Walnut Grove Field on June 22, and the 3rd Annual Golden Ears 10k and Half Marathon Run on March 10.
7th Annual Golf Tournament
The 7th annual golf tournament at Redwoods golf course raised $63,000 to support sports programs in our school. This year's tournament - the 8th Annual is on Wednesday, August 28 at Redwoods. Stay tuned for more information.
FOUNDATION FUNDING IN ACTION
The Foundation, through its fundraising activities and endowments is able to fund innovative and unique school programs and projects that would not be funded by the Ministry of Education. Every Spring and Fall, the Foundation asks schools to submit proposals for projects that they would like to receive funding for. Last year, the Foundation made grants totaling more than $250,000 to support 80 unique programs.
Now elementary schools have state-of-the-art Smart Boards and secondary schools have either Smart Board or Tablets. Now students at Nicomekl have the instruments they need for an effective music program. Drama students at Brookswood were able to participate in a provincial drama festival. The carving program at Aldergrove Secondary is underway and attracting at-risk students. This is to name just a few. Not only that! The Foundation purchased 65 online Kurzweil licenses for Langley schools and donated $22,000 to support school athletic programs.
Foundation Established unprecedented loan bank of assistive equipment for students with special needs
Thanks to a large grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Langley School District Foundation has built a loan bank consisting of state-of-the-art equipment and technology for students with special needs. The $60,000 loan bank is now open and the equipment is available to Langley schools.
Annual General Meeting
The Foundation held its Annual General Meeting on December 10, 2012. Executive Director, Susan Cairns, in her presentation to the Board reported that the focus of the Foundation in 2012 was to work with the community partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers to provide innovative programs and support 21st century learning for Langley students. Since 2005, the foundation has raised close to $4 million and disbursed almost $950,000 to support school programs.