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.