PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 4, 2015

Washington School Pride Release

September 3, 2015

Washington School officially opens the doors of its new library with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday Sept. 3rd at 10:00am. The passage of Measure R 2010 bond funds made the construction possible. The new learning environment also includes a STEM classroom designed for students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Washington School Foundation is funding a full-time instructor who will expand curriculum to include robotics with Legos, 3D printing and computer programming. The opening coincides with the kick-off of the Washington Pride campaign, which raises funds for:

curriculum specialists at every grade level
a full-time physical education teacher
art classes and performances
field trips that broaden students’ view of the world
carefully-chosen assemblies that nurture a love of learning
playground equipment
classroom supplies for teachers
professional development opportunities for teachers
Faced with shrinking local and state budgets, many schools are eliminating these types of programs due to financial considerations. However, the Washington community believes that the school’s dedicated staff, paired with these additional opportunities, is the right recipe to take children into the future. The Washington Pride fundraiser kicked off the first week of school with its “Community Counts” theme. The PTO designed a logo, and created a video and Facebook page to get the word out locally. Pride funds comprise the largest portion of the PTO’s operating budget. Washington is a sought-after school, with some of the highest academic scores in the Santa Barbara district. The school comes close but short of Title 1 designation, where 40% or more of student families are low-income, and the school can become eligible for additional funding. The Washington School Foundation welcomes donations from anyone wishing to support a public school making great strides. We’d love to hear from alumni, or businesses wishing to create a corporate sponsorship.
Donate online
Washington Pride video
Washington Pride Facebook page 


Tara Haaland-Ford, PTO President
Nicole Young, Pride Chair

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