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Numerous ways to benefit Lake Oswego schools at year end


The Lake Oswego School District is predicted be operating in a deficit within the next two years, but a little planned giving this holiday season could help lessen that financial burden.

Sharing Spree is a daily deals site in which 10 percent of the proceeds from every deal purchased benefit a featured charity that changes every few days.

From Monday through next Thursday, Sharing Spree’s featured charity will be the Lake Oswego School District Foundation, an independent, non-profit corporation that aims to improve the student-teacher ratio in the district by providing funds to hire teachers.

“They are one of our favorite and largest nonprofits,” said Dana Free, Sharing Spree director of community partnerships.

But you don’t have to wait until Monday to start supporting the LOSD Foundation. You can select a specific non-profit to receive a percentage of every purchase you make on Sharing Spree — 5 percent now, and 10 percent starting Jan. 1.

You don’t have to leave the Lake Oswego area to take advantage of this additional opportunity to benefit Lake Oswego schools. Free said Peet’s Coffee, for example, would offer a Sharing Spree discount Friday and Saturday and Baja Fresh will follow suit Monday.

Many other local businesses in the West Linn-Lake Oswego area have done so in the past.

“We tend to focus a lot in Lake Oswego because we have a really good customer base here,” Free said.

All told, Free said, the LOSD Foundation has received more than $17,000 from Sharing Spree.

“We really appreciate that Sharing Spree does what it does in terms of helping nonprofits,” said LOSD Foundation Director Mary Puskas. “I think people have been satisfied with the product and service, so we’re glad to be a partner with them.”

If you like the idea of eating for the cause, stop in at Baja Fresh Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 15 percent of the restaurant’s profits will go toward the LOSD Foundation.

Alternately, you can cut out the middleman and donate to the LOSD Foundation directly.

“The ideal contribution, if we’re really going to look at what the gap is between ... what we get from the state and what we need to operate our district ... is $750 per student,” Puskas said. “We know that not everybody can make that kind of contribution, but ... if we did have $750 per student from every student in the district, then we really wouldn’t have much of a funding problem.”

To donate to the LOSD Foundation, visit bit.ly/LOSDF.