LAPS FOUNDATION NEWS
What will school be like this year? That is the question on everyone’s mind. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is kicking off an urgent fundraising appeal to help Los Alamos Public Schools get students back to school for a successful year of learning in the Fall of 2020. The Foundation is working closely with LAPS Supt. Kurt Steinhaus, as well as teachers and administrators from across the district to understand and address the schools’ needs this fall. Innovative ideas to connect learning at school and at home will require new resources and more funding. New challenges lie ahead. Now more than ever, our community’s support is paramount in this effort. The Foundation has set a goal of raising $30,000 before the end of August.
Dave Lyons, LAPS Foundation vice president said, “As a Foundation, we understand there are so many unknowns at this time relative to the progression of COVID-19 and what it will mean in terms of the district’s ability to get our kids back into classrooms. Our goal as the Foundation is to do everything within our power to ensure that the schools have the resources and tools they will need to have a successful school year with what will likely be a combination of in-classroom time, and distance learning.”
Among the tools identified by the schools are:
- Stipends for all LAPS teachers to become Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Educators
- Instructional and classroom materials to meet changing needs for both in person and online learning (such as additional classroom book sets so students can have books at home)
- Materials students can use at home during distance learning (such as manipulative kits for kindergartners to have at home)
- Wellness needs for students and staff
“There’s no question this is a stressful time for everyone in the world, and our students and staff are not immune from all the challenges of a global pandemic, as well as significant societal upheavals calling for racial justice and social change,” noted Lyons.
Members of the community, alumni and anyone interested in helping the schools “kick COVID” and get kids into the classroom should go to the Foundation’s web site at www.lapsfoundation.com to donate now.
About LAPS Foundation
The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that helps the local community provide an extraordinary education for Los Alamos students. Los Alamos has given over $1.5 million to fund opportunities students and teachers would not have otherwise. To learn more about LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501. Donations to LAPS Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization, are tax-deductible.