Big Give 2012 – Thank You!

119 Donors! $13,053 raised in 14 hours! $5,000 in matching grant for a grand total of $18,053!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead

We are speechless. Words cannot express our gratitude or pride at the amazing generosity from our Birney friends and family. Thank you to each and every one of you for taking the time to donate to our very special school in the middle of a bustling holiday season. This is just one more reason why Birney is and continues to be such an incredible school.

The anonymous donors were thrilled by the amazing activity from Friday and the significant increase in donors from last year. As a result, they will be giving FOABE a $20 per donor grant, plus a total 20% match, for a grand total of $4990, which they will round up to $5000. This total is reflected in the numbers listed above.

Please keep reading below for messages from our fearless Principal Ms. Amanda and Laura Dadmun our Friends of Alice Birney Board President. Thank you again for your incredible support!

Message from Ms. Amanda…

Having spent the week going through teacher, parent and (most important of all) student surveys for our re-authorization application due to the IBO on 12/28, I am so gratified that the Birney extended community actually listens to the Birney students. In students’ comments about what they thought were the best characteristics of the school, their “Specials” got 4 times more votes than anything else, followed by their teachers! Fortunately for us, the district covers the expense of the teachers, so our ongoing support of the “Specials” is first on the list of needs that we have going in to the next year (still a tough budgetary year for CA, despite Prop 30). The response to the Big Give on Friday was so positive, so amazing – Birney supporters continue to show their true colors – I consider myself so fortunate to be working for such a great group of people! –Amanda

Message from Laura Dadmun…

I want to express my profound gratitude to the people who supported Birney by donating to Big Give yesterday. It is so gratifying to be part of a community that values the outstanding school that Birney is and the value that is placed on teaching the whole child. Spanish, art, music, dance, garden, a library…these aren’t “extras.” They are the things that open a child’s eyes to the world. And thanks to all of you, our kids will have those experiences at Birney. I wish you all a beautiful holiday and a healthy and wondrous new year. –Laura