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April 5, 2011 > Newark Educational Foundation needs help in a hurry

Newark Educational Foundation needs help in a hurry

Submitted By Colleen Ganaye

Schools all over the country have been slammed by all the budget cuts over these past few year and none more so than those in our own area.

The Newark Educational Foundation recently decided to go directly to the principals on Newark Memorial High School and Newark Junior High, to find the real needs of these schools.

The list is long...especially at the junior high. Principal Catherine Ward-Mikes had each department create a wish list, prioritized by need. At the top of every department head's list was copier paper, one of the most basic of needs in the classroom. Often, teachers have had to purchase basic supplies out of their own pockets this year as budget cuts have been extremely deep.

When the Foundation heard about this, members, all volunteers, voted to get the needed supply of copier paper, as soon as possible. Within a week, Staples in Fremont stepped up offering a special price break and delivered 30 cases of the paper to the grateful school.

Many other items are needed such as projector bulbs, batteries, supplemental books for the students, new computers, projectors and the list goes on.

In the past, the Newark Educational Foundation fundraising has been to help music departments in the elementary schools. In these tough economic times, fundraising efforts have been more challenging than ever. With such drastic cuts, the Foundation has decided to provide a broader scope of support.

The Foundation is looking for parents, teachers and concerned citizens interested in donating time to help raise funds. If you would like to join the efforts to help Newark schools or are interested in donating to help provide some of the wish list classroom items, please visit www.newarkeducationalfoundation.org.

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