FOABE Quarterly Update

Dear Friends,

Birney students are right in the middle of their last trimester for the 2013-2014 school year, which means it is time to extend another thank you to all of our supporters and share our recent achievements.

Working with The Friends of Alice Birney Elementary (FOABE) is rewarding in so many ways. Each month our organization’s ability to support Birney’s International Baccalaureate program is expanded and strengthened.

Since my last update we have had three successful fundraisers: Parents’ Night Out, Run for the Green, and giveBIG. We are also so pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a $5,000 grant from Lowes in support of our garden program!  To date, all of our fundraising strategies, including your direct support, bring us up to 87% of this year’s goal!  So far this year FOABE is able to fund:

  • Library assistant
  • Spanish teacher
  • Art teacher
  • Earth science and garden instructors (2)
  • Three week gap for one teacher
  • And, IB fees

I am also excited to announce that we have established a relationship with a new partner from our local business community. This will help us expand our reach for support and help us create events for our entire community to enjoy!  Stay tuned for more details.

On the list of future events is our 2nd Annual University Heights Urban Harvest Festival on Saturday November 1. It will be open and FREE for all. We will have local food and drinks, music, crafts, games, jack-o-lantern smashing and composting, and cooking competitions. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success. Please contact us for information regarding vendor and sponsorship opportunities!

Mark your calendar for our last event of this school year – Parents’ Night Out with childcare on June 27th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. In addition to good food and company, we’ll also offer a live raffle and silent auction.  Stay tuned for more info!

As always, thank you for your continued support! Birney Elementary is poised to continue its success with all of us working together.

Most sincerely,

Jennifer Ayala
President, Friends of Alice Birney Elementary