School foundation to host fundraiser

The School District 51 Foundation will host its first fundraising event Feb. 2, the White Iced Cocktail Party.

Guests are encouraged to dress up in formal white attire and enjoy white desserts and white cocktails. Signature cocktails and food are included in the $60-per-person ticket price, but there also will be a cash bar for those who want to partake in wine, beer or spirits.

The event will take place between 7 and 10 p.m. in the Colorado Mesa University Center Ballroom. Nine teachers will be honored for having the highest median growth among their third- through 10th-grade students on 2012 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests.

One teacher will be honored in each school level — elementary, middle and high — for growth in one of three TCAP subjects: reading, writing and math. The winners are Tracy Berg, Theresa Drewer and Dave Swinger, all of Nisley Elementary; Lori Holloway of Redlands Middle School; Karen Chaffee and Tyler McLaughlin, both of Bookcliff Middle School; Ann Conaway of Palisade High; Vanessa Hayward of Fruita Monument High; and Lorena Thompson of Grand Junction High.

Donors to the foundation’s Nook program will be honored at the party as well.

The foundation has collected enough money to achieve its goal of buying 500 Nook e-readers but is still looking for funds to place at least five digital books on each of those e-readers.

At least five Nooks will be delivered to each District 51 elementary school and the rest of the e-readers will be handed out to the schools based on how many students are in the “red” zone for reading, meaning they have the most catching up to do to reach grade level proficiency. The Nooks will remain at the schools at all times.

The foundation was created in 2010 and has a nine-member board focused on donating money to the district to help improve its reading, technology and college preparedness and workforce development offerings. Foundation Coordinator Jennifer Hensel Hildebrandt said she hopes to raise some money for the Nook program and the private foundation’s other goals at the nonprofit’s first big event.

“We just want to give people a reason to get dressed up and come celebrate education,” she said.

To purchase tickets, email Hensel Hildebrandt at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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