The mission of The Friends of Alice Birney Elementary (FOABE) is to raise money so Alice Birney Elementary School can continue to maintain and raise its high academic standards through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme even when the state and the school district are unable to fund our essential programs.
Like many schools, Alice Birney Elementary realized several years ago that the state’s ongoing, structural funding problems threatened the school’s ability to continue its exciting International Baccalaureate programs and concomitant growth in student achievement. In April 2010, a small group of parents incorporated The Friends of Alice Birney Elementary and began planning how they could raise enough money to secure the school’s future as a vibrant IB World School. In 2011 we were granted 501 (c)(3) status, making FOABE a non-profit charitable organization.
Our goal for the first year was to raise $10,000. We raised more than $21,000, through a spectacularly successful jogathon and donations from board members, friends and local businesses. Every year our fundraising goals have increased and we have continually met those goals through amazing support from our families and the greater community, as well as through the tireless efforts of our many volunteers. For the 2014-15 school year our goal was to raise $85,000. We proudly achieved this goal. This year, 2015-16, our goal is to raise $90,000.
Our main goal each year is to ensure full funding for programs essential to our IB certification. Currently we are working to fund Art, Spanish and Garden Education. While we have needed to raise funds in past years to support Library and to pay our IB Fees, these are both being funded by the state for the 2015-16 school year.
“Think globally, learn locally”
The goal of Alice Birney Elementary School, an IB World School is to teach students to demonstrate an understanding of the world around them, politically, socially and culturally. We expect our students to be active, curious and confident learners, and we expect them to be able to contribute to the school climate of tolerance, empathy and integrity. We develop and nurture students to use knowledge to promote peace, tolerance and understanding of other cultures in their daily endeavors. Our goal is to send inquiring, independent, and caring young people who act to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect on to middle school. Our aim is to prepare children to become adults who are active, compassionate and peaceful citizens of the world community.
We are aligned with the mission of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which is:
“To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. [The IBO] encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right”.