Q: Why did Gateway form an education foundation?
Public funding is vital to the day-to-day operations of a public school system. But tax dollars do not pay for beneficial "extras"--such as grants to teachers to cover the costs of materials needed for special, innovative lessons. We have created a foundation to raise monies to enhance the educational opportunities for Gateway students.
Gateway has also had occasions when community members wanted to give the district stocks or property to help with funding. By law, a public school district cannot accept such items--but a foundation can!
Finally, there are a number of corporate or business grants that schools cannot apply to, but a foundation would be eligible.
Q: How do I support the Gateway Education Foundation?
There are many ways to support the Gateway Education Foundation. We run two donation campaigns each year: on Giving Tuesday (first Tuesday after Thanksgiving) and on Valley Gives Day (first Tuesday in May). We also have a Business Sponsor program, where area businesses pay $100 for year-round advertising through the Foundation. Online shoppers can have a portion of their purchases on Amazon dedicated to the Gateway Education Foundation by shopping through Amazon Smile. Watch for other fundraisers throughout the year, such as 50/50 Raffles at Open Houses; Homecoming Weekend in October or ticket sales to Boston Celtics or Springfield Thunderbirds game.