Oregon school district funding changed considerably after voters passed the landmark 1990 ballot Measure 5. The subsequent property tax reductions impacted school budgets across Oregon and especially fast-growing districts like Sherwood.
In 1998, a group of of concerned parents founded the Sherwood Education Foundation, with a goal of supplementing funds lost at the state level in the aftermath of Measure 5. The Sherwood Education Foundation mission continues today to be to enrich the quality of education in the Sherwood School District.
As of 2019, the Foundation has been privileged to provide more than $1 million dollars in grants to Sherwood schools. These funds have been given from the community through our annual fundraisers, Calling for Kids, and the Sip & Spell event. Additionally, local residents and businesses have generously given to the Foundation over the years.
Annually, we distribute funds through grants to individual teachers and by funding programs that support the district's 20/20 Vision for educational excellence. We strive to improve academic standards and performance by encouraging excellence, diversity, innovation and creativity in our educational programs.
The Foundation sponsors an Artist-in-Residence program that provides art education for every elementary and middle school student in the district. Annually students participate in Junior Achievement BizTown, an experiential in-class learning opportunity for fifth-graders to learn financial literacy and economics, culminating in a live simulation in an 8,500-square-foot replica city in Southeast Portland.
Examples of grants provided with Foundation funds include: band equipment and choral music, flexible seating options for elementary students, STEM bins and updates to classroom libraries. Emerging leaders are able to attend Oregon Association of Student Council conferences, and specialized technology can be purchased to allow for students to learn high-skilled jobs like forensic sciences and coding.
The Sherwood Education Foundation's continued success is only made possible by your support. Please continue to give generously during our annual Calling for Kids campaign and Sip & Spell events so that we can further partner with Sherwood School District to provide our children the best possible education with the resources we have available.
Angelika Neumann is secretary of the Sherwood Education Foundation.
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