As a non-profit corporation, we work to enhance our public schools through private resources. We raise money through fundraising events and through donations from local businesses, corporations, and individuals. We provide teachers with the resources to try new ideas, expand the classroom beyond four walls, and create truly unique experiences for the students.
We disperse the money through our Innovative Education Project Fund process. When a teacher has an idea for a new project, s/he completes our application form to request funding for the materials, equipment, programs, etc., that s/he needs for the project, and then submits it to his/her principal. If the Principal approves the project it moves on to be reviewed by the Director of Curriculum, Director of Technology (if IT related), and the Superintendent. We ask for these reviews to ensure that the project is supportable, that it aligns with the curriculum, if it's IT related, that it works with current systems, etc. These funds provide "extras" beyond what can be funded by the school district's budget.
We are currently funding one therapy dog visit per month to each school in the district.
TREPS is short for Entrepreneurship. This program is funded at KDM and teaches the 4th and 5th grade participants how to start their own business.