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Foundation asks for a little kick in donations

The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools has launched a public appeal for kicker checks.

The foundation is asking residents to consider donating their state income kicker checks to help support the foundation's programs for the local public school children

'Most of the state kicker checks are in the mail,' said foundation board Chairwoman Maureen Wolf last week. 'We hope our neighbors will consider joining us in giving back a reasonable portion of this unexpected windfall to support the children in our community.

'These generous gifts will go directly to the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools to help seed an endowment to continue to enhance an extraordinary education for all children far into the future.'

The foundation has recently made several funding grants.

'In October, we approved distribution of $100,000 to the 15 public schools in Tigard and Tualatin to help fund foundation educators - instructional assistants who go above and beyond the solid core education provided by the school district. In November, the foundation awarded $8,600 in Innovative Grants to educator applicants excited about bringing an extraordinary learning experience to our children,' said Wolf.

Also in November, the foundation approved $8,000 in scholarship funds to be awarded to deserving 2008 graduates at Tigard and Tualatin high schools. These funds are invested in memorial scholarship endowments, and the interest supports the scholarships. This fall Art in the Burbs raised more than $10,000 for arts programs in the local schools.

'Many students and families in our district are struggling through difficult economic times. We have homeless high school students. We have families in our district living in their cars so their children can continue to go to our elementary schools,' said Randy Clark, executive director of the non-profit foundation. 'The foundation's Caring Closet has served over 700 families in our district this past year. Warm clothing, new shoes, laundry soap, bus fare, toiletries, school supplies, back packs and school fees have helped these children come to school ready to learn.'

The foundation can accept donations for the kicker campaign made securely online at www.foundation4smartkids.org under the 'Giving' link.