FOABE Update

Hello Birney Friends and Families,

As July and the end of my term approaches, I find myself looking back on my time as president of the Friends of Alice Birney Elementary. As most of you already know, FOABE is the non-profit organization that works to raise money to support the IB programs that the San Diego Unified School District will not – our “Specials” (Spanish, art, and garden instruction). I’m so pleased to announce that we have already met our fundraising goal for the 2014/2015 school year! So thanks to you and many others like you, we did it! We funded this year’s “Specials” – Spanish, art, and garden instruction – for all of Birney’s 571 students.  To date we have raised $85,011, $456 beyond our goal.  We raised this money through so many fun and rewarding fundraisers including:

  • Run for the Green
  • Big Give
  • Parent’s Night Out
  • Pride Parking
  • Monthly donations
  • Community donations
  • Grants
  • the University Heights Urban Harvest Festival

Over the last two years, we’ve been hard at work gaining greater community support so we may be able to rely less on our families for donations. We’ve created two new offerings for community partners. First, you may have noticed the fabulous banners prominently placed along the Park Boulevard fence. Check out our first group of sponsors who have given generously over the years to claim these spots. These banners are a huge thank you to our most generous, sustaining community sponsors. If you know someone who is interested in claiming a spot along our fence, let us know!

The second opportunity we’re created for Birney sponsorship is our annual University Heights Urban Harvest Festival. This year’s 3rd annual UHUH Festival will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015. As I step down from the president’s role, I look forward to leading this fantastic opportunity to partner with our local businesses and create a wonderful community event. Please contact me if you would like to help secure sponsors for this exciting and growing event, or be one!

Our success was not possible without all our wonderful parent volunteers. Thank you for all your support this year! We have so many business sponsors to thank for their generous contributions through either cash or in-kind donations. Their donations made all of our events a smashing success. Information about our business sponsors can be found here.


Jennifer Ayala


Next FOABE board meeting: ELECTIONS!

Thursday, July 9th at 6PM

Meeting in Room 26 – childcare in the Library.

Meetings are open to ALL!