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Citizen's View: Foundation bridges funding gap, puts teachers in our classrooms

This year, we have been proud to serve as the co-chairs for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Annual Campaign. Together with nine school captains and a number of dedicated volunteers, we are striving to raise $2 million for the Foundation.

The dollars raised by the Foundation may only be used to fund teachers within the district. If our goal is reached, the dollars raised will cover 24 teaching positions across the district, with at least two teachers at every elementary school and more than 17 elective offerings at our secondary schools.

State funding does not adequately cover the cost of delivering an exceptional education for our students. The Foundation bridges the gap between what is budgeted by the state and what is needed for our students.

Our six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools serve our students well. We have enthusiastic, passionate educators whose efforts consistently result in our schools being rated among the top in the state. We’d like to reach a higher bar.

We would like to provide our schools with the funding needed to deliver a 21st century education to our students that supports their success in the global economy. The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation annual campaign and endowment are the funding tools that, over time, will get us there.

As co-chairs, we are humbled and grateful to live in a community where education is valued highly, not only by current and past parents but also by the grandparents, businesses and alumni who care enough to donate and support excellence in education. We are also grateful to the volunteers who attend our phone-a-thon, plan school-based events, write letters and serve as community ambassadors for the important work of the Foundation.

Only through these donations of dollars and time will the Foundation be successful in reaching its $2 million campaign goal to fund 24 teaching positions. Please donate today at losfoundation.org.

Lara James and John Goerges are Lake Oswego residents and co-chairs of the 2014-2015 fundraising campaign for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation.

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