Big jump in CORE fundraising

More than 30 percent of goal raised with a month to go

The Community OutReach for Education (Core) campaign had a big bump in its fundraising numbers over the last week or so, according to Pleasanton Partnerships In Education (PPIE) spokeswoman Debi Covello.

Covello said elementary schools in the district now have $135,834. That's up from last week's total of $78,809.

Middle schools raised more than $11,000. CORE had raised $31,707 as of its last report. That figure now stands at $43,401.

High schools went up by more than $13,000, from $40,469 to $53,884

The total raised by CORE so far is $340,344, including an $7,725 in undesignated funds, which could be applied anywhere.

"I think that puts us at 32 percent," Covello said. "It's huge, huge jumps."

A garage sale held last weekend brought in $2,600, she said, and there are more fundraising events on tap, including local restaurants that are donating part of their profits for an evening to the CORE campaign.

In addition, Covello said, "We are working on coupon books for downtown merchants. They're going to be sold at every school site, as well as the PPIE office. I expect the school district office will have some, and obviously we're hoping the downtown merchants will help us out."

Another "Drop and Donate" day has been scheduled for May 27.

And Covello said the CORE campaign will have an extra week to raise money, too.

"We are pushing the deadline back to June 8 because the 1st is a furlough date," she said.

PPIE is hoping to raise nearly $1 million help pay for tech support and extra library hours and extra sections for Pleasanton high schools.

CORE is asking parents to contribute $150-per-child. That figure came from a recent survey asking parents what programs were important to them. Teachers and administrators gave input as well.

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Posted by Lisa Jeffrey
a resident of Del Prado
on May 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

A BIG thank you to everyone that has contributed. This is a very inexpensive way to assure your child gets a quality education!

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Posted by Supportive Parents
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 5, 2010 at 8:28 am

Great job PPIE, school sites, and PUSD!!! The Drop & Donate effort was powerful. The parking lot was bustling and it looked like a lot of donations were being made. Keep up the good work for our schools and students! Thank you for your efforts...

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Posted by Supportive Parents
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

And THANK YOU to the donors!

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Posted by Sunshine
a resident of Hart Middle School
on May 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

Remember, it's not over yet! Many thanks to those donors, but please keep it coming from the ones haven't donated yet! There's still 68% to go.

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Posted by Is it possible?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2010 at 9:46 am

I would like to give, but I am wondering if I can write the check to go specifically to my child's high school. I don't like the idea of my 150 being split 3 ways, with only 50 going to my child's high school. Can that be done? Would PPIE honor it if I specifically say it is for certain school?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

Stacey is a registered user.

As I understand, you can make a check out to the high school directly and give it to the high school directly. But it wouldn't be counted as part of the CORE fundraising then.

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Posted by Supportive Parents
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

In order to support technology, library, and student support programs,you can make the donation to the high school level but not your high school specifically. The funds are not being split 3 ways evenly. It appears that more than 90% of the various levels are going to Foothill and Amador, less than 10% to Village. Below $100,000, the funds will be dispersed based on "per student" enrolled at each high school. That's how I read the letter!

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on May 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Hey PW! I have a calculator you can borrow to get the totals right.
Here is a link to get PPIE CORE updates. (Web Link)

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