For the twenty-eighth consecutive year Schools Plus has allocated $150,000 to Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools.
Our 2017 allocations total $150,000 to be distributed amongst the eleven SRCS secondary schools that Schools Plus has supported for twenty-seven years.
The five senior high schools will each receive $20,000 to be divided equally for athletics and The Arts. The five middle schools will each receive $8,300 for sports and The Arts. Ridgeway High will also receive $8,300.
Since 2010, the current Schools Plus board, with the generous support of the community, has raised $900,000 for Santa Rosa’s public school students.
For 28 consecutive years, Schools Plus has raised funds for Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools. Our 2015 allocations of $232,000 included an extraordinary distribution of $50,000 to restore music programs in two of Santa Rosa’s Westside schools. Today Comstock Middle and Piner High Schools have music bands and music classes.
Our 2016 allocations of $230,000 also include a one-time allotment totaling $48,000 specifically for transportation costs and sports officiating fees. After querying the athletic directors of the eleven schools we support, we discovered that transportation fees have been taking huge bites out of athletic budgets, each year averaging over $5,000 per school just for buses.
A prime example of how such costs can mount up is the Maria Carrillo High School Girls’ Soccer Team. The Puma Girls have been perennially ranked as a top team nationwide. Each season the teams travel for preseason matches, league matches, and postseason play. The 2015-2016 team has once again won the league and North Coast Section championships. Such a winning schedule requires a lot of travel that adds up to thousands of dollars each season. Likewise, all of the games require paid officials, another big bite out of athletic budgets.
Over the course of two years, your donations have provided the Puma Girls $6,750 to help offset the costs of safe and reliable transportation. This one illustration provides an inside look at how Schools Plus assures that Santa Rosa’s students have the same opportunities of past generations.
Thanks to our generous donors and a supportive community, Schools Plus is able to help our schools deal with the “incidental” costs that every sports team faces.
Extraordinary amounts have been donated to the three west-side schools, Hilliard Comstock Middle School, Elsie Allen High School, and Piner High School. Your generosity enables students to participate in great programs that past generations took for granted.
Santa Rosa’s middle schools and high schools are comprised of a culturally and socio-economically diverse student population. This rich mixture creates a broad spectrum of needs.
Your Schools Plus donation dollars help by providing scholarships for participant fees, transportation fees, and tournament fees, as well as buying equipment and instruments for the various enrichment programs that depend on Schools Plus allocations each year.