Several business and community leaders joined together on Tuesday to help launch a non-profit organization called Washoe K-12 Education Foundation (WEF).
The private fundraising organization is made up of a volunteer board of local dignitaries which help will benefit the Washoe County School District. The announcement was made Tuesday morning inside Clayton Middle School by developer Perry Di Loreto.
WEF has already raised more than $1 million to fund programs that have district-wide impact. Further, an additional $400,000, donated directly to WCSD High School Signature Academies, was facilitated by WEF.
"Our board and donors feel it is critical that our community actively supports our public education system for the sake of not only our children, but the future of our state," said Perry Di Loreto, chairman of WEF. "We believe in the Washoe County School District, especially our teachers, and will do all that we can to supplement their efforts through financial support."
"Most large school districts in the United States draw support from their communities through specific private foundations to offset budget reductions," said WCSD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "We are very appreciative of the efforts of the WEF board to provide funds for programs which we would have difficulty providing our students and their families through our limited budget."
Programs currently funded by WEF include the Parent University, the Tripod Project, High School Signature Academies and science, technology, engineering and math teacher training.