Santa Barbara-area teachers who welcome students into their classrooms this fall will do so thanks to more than $62,000 raised by the local nonprofit Teachers Fund.
This year’s annual back-to-school campaign was particularly meaningful as teachers purchased new tools, learning materials and otherwise equipped their classrooms for students making the transition to learning. in person. Community members and local businesses responded to calls for help, bringing total donations beyond the $60,000 goal.
Donors also sponsored requests from individual teachers to enrich their curricula with specialized art, language, and math subscriptions; make their learning spaces more comfortable with adjustable work benches and classroom mats; and adapt to new indoor-outdoor learning environments.
“I am thrilled to have students back in the classroom, alongside friends and the rest of the school community where they learn best and have strong in-person support,” said Village Realtor Brianna Johnson. Properties, co-chair of the event, who came up with the idea. for the first trip in 2019.
“And I’m so grateful to the businesses and community members who help ensure students have what it takes to help make this transition as successful as possible,” she said. .
Renee Grubb, owner of Village Properties Realtors and founder of the Teacher’s Fund, said the generosity of the community never ceases to amaze her.
Grubb praised the tireless efforts of the full committee: Johnson, Amy Abbott, Sheela Hunt, Angel Speier, Dianne Johnson, Candace Cavaletto, Alyssa Jones, Ivonne Arroyo and Leanne Wood. “It’s a team effort, and this team works so hard to make sure as many classes as possible get the support they sorely need,” she said.
All money from the fundraiser goes directly to local K-12 teachers to help them purchase educational materials that enhance their students’ learning.
The Teacher’s Fund was established in 2002 by the owners of Village Properties to enable teachers to request much-needed supplies for their classrooms. Since then, the Teacher’s Fund has donated $1.8 million to schools in the Santa Barbara area, with 100% of funds raised going directly to teachers for their classrooms.
For more information on the Teachers Fund, visit https://teachersfund.org/. To learn more about Village Properties, visit https://www.villagesite.com/.