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Once again, foundation ‘bridges the gap’ | Letters | March 20

This past Sunday, I attended Hoopfest at Paski gym, the annual basketball tournament for kids of all ages hosted by the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.

At halftime, Supt. Faith Chapel and I were presented a $250,000 check from the foundation for its 2008-2009 contribution in support of the Bainbridge Island public schools.

This generosity for public education is extraordinary. I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the foundation volunteers for their tireless efforts in organizing their annual events for our schools.

The foundation is now the primary fundraising organization for the school district, and its members’ efforts play a significant role in helping our students achieve academic excellence.

The dollars raised by the foundation are used to “bridge the gap” in state and local funding, helping the district reduce class size, assist staff development, and award special grants to teachers for innovative projects.

We are grateful for these contributions and the direct impact they have for our students.

The 14th annual Hoopfest was another huge success. The gymnasiums were packed with 10 simultaneous 3-on-3 games running continuously all day long.

Each year the kids’ team costumes become more imaginative and inventive. You don’t have to have a child playing to come and watch the fun – it’s a Bainbridge event that truly celebrates our community spirit.

Again, many thanks for a great event and for your vital financial support of our school district.

Mary Curtis, president

Bainbridge Island School Board

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