Leader Directed Experiential Learning Fund
My name is James Goebel, and I am a parent volunteer with AALC’s new fundraising program. I am writing this letter in order to introduce the school’s 2015 fundraising effort and the goal of achieving a high rate of participation inside of our community.
My wife and I have two students at AALC, as well as a student who is an alumnus of AALC and is now a junior in the Early College Alliance program. When our eldest daughter started as a kindergarten student, my wife and I were hoping that we had found the right school for our daughter. Her academic journey was far from perfect. There were many moments when we were concerned about the challenges the school faced. However, the joys and the challenges of those 9 years provided experiences that helped our daughter become the resilient and inspired learner she is today, a young woman taking college classes while still a junior in high school.
Why AALC needs everyone’s support
It is important to note that Ann Arbor Learning Community is a nonprofit Public School Academy (also known as a “Charter School”). Therefore, the school receives limited funds from state and federal agencies that are often pre-allocated by the provider to be used for specific purposes. One goal of this new fund is to provide unique educational experiences that may be hands-on, outdoors, place-based, service-oriented, multi-grade, or cross-curricular, etc. Equally important, this fund will allow teachers to focus their time on students, instead of reporting to grant donors.
How will these funds be used?
These funds will be allocated at the discretion of the school leaders to improve curriculum, enhance field trips, and provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities that move learning beyond the classroom.
Therefore, we are asking all of the families who can afford to participate to consider making a financial gift to the school’s newly created Experiential Learning Fund. Any amount helps:
$2 demonstrates internal support to potential outside donors
$4 demonstrates your support for the school’s “Four Agreements”
$20 could provide supplies for integrated art/social studies lessons
$40 could buy fruit trees for a science class
$200 could provide bus transportation for a field trip
$400 could buy materials for new hands-on experiential science lessons
$2,000 could help purchase new curriculum aligned with the school’s goals
$4,000 could begin the effort of building a “hands on curriculum” storage room
again, any amount will help (even if it does not begin with a 2 or a 4)
Your contribution (in any amount) can be as simple as dropping off a check at the front desk made out to “Ann Arbor Learning Community,” with the words “Experiential Learning Fund” written on the memo line. In the near future, you and friends of the school will also be able to donate using a link on the school’s web page.
The fundraising committee plans to seek outside donors who are willing to support AALC financially. When we begin soliciting potential outside donors later this school year, we want to highlight how many of our community members have already donated.
The most effective learning is done when the students do not even recognize that they are learning because they are active and engaged. More importantly, these experiences are often the catalyst that fuels a student’s imagination and helps inspire their classroom efforts. For example, our son was inspired by weekly lessons taught in the creek when he was an intermediate student. Science becomes more meaningful when it engages all of his senses and his body as well as his mind. By donating to the Experiential Learning Fund, you will help us increase the opportunities for AALC students to learn using all of their senses.
Please do not hesitate to approach me (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-678-0854), members of the development committee (email@example.com), or the school leaders with any questions that you might have.
With great hope for the future,
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION:
Director of Development