The Freeport Community Public School Fund (FCPSF) Board of Directors has announced its 2014 funding allocations. The 2013 fundraising campaign was marked by the generosity of community members as well as significant donations from Freeport High School alumni and large memorial bequests.
With much gratitude to all their donors, the Board of Directors was able to appreciably increase allocation funding this year and granted $60,305.60 to purchase teacher-requested items for all schools within the district. Recent years have seen steady annual funding increases, and 2014 is no different. In more than 30 years of providing assistance, 2014 brought the largest amount ever granted in the organization’s history, and nearly a 22% increase ($10,750) in funding over last year.
Examples of requests funded in whole or in part for 2014 include:
*20 Dell projectors and 13 document cameras *Science measurement equipment
*Nearly $6,000 for library and classroom books *Support for the creative and performing arts
The FCPSF works tirelessly to meet the many needs that declining public school budgets simply cannot accommodate. Dan Wessler, Freeport High School’s choir director and vocal music instructor, whose request was granted for two acoustical shells for performances in the Jeannette Lloyd Theatre, noted that, “Such a large purchase cannot be secured with funds from the school district budget.”
That sentiment is echoed at all grade levels. Kindergarten teacher Katie Batease expressed gratitude for the FCPSF. “I recognize the district does not have the ability to fund all of our needs; however, the Public School Fund is are able to provide teachers and students with resources to further enrich our learning environments.”
FCPSF Board President, Cindy Fishburn, quickly credits the public and Freeport School District alumni for the organization’s success. “The ongoing generosity of the community and alumni makes our work possible. These donors allow us to empower teachers by equipping them with important learning tools. These additional resources will multiply educational opportunities for years to come.”
Allocations co-chair, Jeanne Mordick, herself a retired teacher, remarked, "It is very gratifying to know that the Public School Fund genuinely impacts teachers and students of the Freeport School District. As traditional funding for public education declines, it is so encouraging to witness members of our community contribute personally to the educational success of our own children."
Freeport School District Superintendent Dr. Roberta Selleck said of FCPSF’s service to students and teachers, “For more than 30 years now, the dedication of the Public School Fund has never wavered. They not only value public education in our community, they champion it. Working with generous donors, these outstanding volunteers directly influence student learning, and we are deeply grateful for their commitment to our school district.”
Operating independently of the Freeport School District, FCPSF has provided classrooms with more than $880,000 in equipment and materials since its inception in 1983. All funding for FCPSF is provided by private and corporate supporters, and gifts are tax-deductible. Donations provide vital learning materials for all students, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. To make a contribution, please visit www.fcpsf.org or send your donation to: Freeport Community Public School Fund, PO Box 778, Freeport, IL 61032