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While state educational budgets remain tenuous, we have two sources of revenue that truly help Lake Oswego schools stay at the forefront of high educational achievement year after year: our local option levy and the Lake Oswego School Foundation. Please accept my sincere thanks to everyone that supported passing the local option levy.Wendland

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines the word foundation as: “an organization that is created and supported with money that people give in order to do something that helps society.” While this definition is worldly wise, it is also very poignant to our community and especially our schools.If you rewrite the definition of foundation to make it less esoteric and more personal, it might read like this: “An organization known as the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation was created to help our children by raising community money to hire teachers who educate and nurture our most impressionable citizens.”The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is in the middle of its annual campaign to raise money for teachers.  The goal of $2 million in contributions is certainly attainable. It is also essential. Reaching the goal will “help society” — our own Lake Oswego “society” of students that attend our schools.As a member of the school board for the past many years, I can unequivocally say that the foundation has provided our district with financial resources that make significant positive differences for our students year after year. From elementary, to junior high, to high school classes, we are able to keep class sizes smaller, offer more electives and provide specialized help for students in need.As an empty nester with kids that have graduated from our schools, I am specifically appealing to the 70 percent of Lake Oswego citizens that no longer have children attending our schools but still care deeply about our community, our “society.”  As a whole, the foundation needs contributions from all of us. Yes, parents of school-aged children are certainly more motivated to write a check because it seems more relative to their time of life. But wisdom trumps everything. Our strong schools are the magnet for keeping our community desirable and real estate prices high. It is a pretty simple formula: invest and see the returns every year.Please join me and write a check to the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation today and mail it to:  LOSF, P.O. Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Or go to losfoundation.org and push the “Donate Now” button. Make a contribution of any size, which will be “doing something that helps society.”

In our case it will be helping our next generation of Lake Oswego society.

John Wendland, Lake Oswego, is a member of the Lake Oswego School Board.

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