The school year has begun and we have many new families to welcome into Roosevelt! It is a good time to explain the Roosevelt Education Foundation’s (RPSEF) role in our community.
Who are we?
The RPSEF is a non-profit organization that provides resources to help the school continue to be innovative and creative beyond what the budget pays for. We are a 501 (C)(3) charity.
How is that different from the PTA?
The RPSEF and the RPS PTA share many common goals and interests. Both the RPSEF and the PTA work to support the students, the staff, and the RPS community through fundraisers. The RPSEF also funds programs, equipment, training, and other resources through the approval of grant requests. The RPSEF only funds what is supportive of the curriculum and the goals of the school.
How do you get grants?
The RPSEF researches grants that are available and that the school may be eligible for. Teachers at RPS also may submit a request and we help see if there is a grant available for their request, or if we can help fund it.
Where do the donations/grant money go?
Funds are used to support projects that are requested by the staff of RPS and that couldn't be provided within the school budget.
What has the RPSEF done so far?
The RPSEF’s impact can be seen all over the school. A kiln funded by the RPSEF fired up the tiles to help the students and staff create the beautiful Mosaic near the entrance of the school. Right next to the Mosaic you can see the Little Free Library (a give and take book exchange) which was also funded by the Foundation. If you visit the back of the school grounds and see the beautiful garden that was created and maintained by RPS students and their families, you will see some new additions that the Foundation also helped with.
How can I help?
Be sure to visit us on the web at rpsef.org and check out the “how you can help” pull down at the top of the web page. We are always in need of volunteers and are looking for assistance with grant writing, legal assistance, computer work, baking, new fundraising ideas, donations of auction items, accounting, photography, and enthusiasm! You can support the foundation by participating in one of our fundraisers. Look for our flyers sent home in your children’s backpacks, read about us in the Bulletin, or visit us/donate on the web. Lastly, we are always looking for help on our board. If you are interested, please let us know.
Thanks for taking the time to read this information! We hope you will join us in supporting RPS.