Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation contribution campaign celebrated


The annual contribution campaign for Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is celebrated with Red Envelope Friday on Sept. 30, from 7:45 a.m.-8:05 a.m. and 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m. at drop off and pickup locations at R. Roger Rowe School. On Red Envelope Friday, community businesses, residents and parents of students at Rancho Santa Fe School are strongly encouraged to make their Education Foundation contributions in order to maintain the Five-Star Education programs for the year.

This year the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation has committed to raising $1,000,000 to fulfill our grant to the school to support the budget of the Rancho Santa Fe School, which allows for an enriched public education experience that is among the best in the country with small class sizes averaging 18, specialized teachers (61 percent of teachers have advanced degrees), a literacy excellence program from Columbia University for reading and writing, integrated science and differentiated math programs.

Fair Share $1,497 per child

Every child benefits from the Five-Star Education program, but it takes the support of all parents to maintain the effort. Parents are asked to contribute to the best of their ability, keeping in mind that the “Fair Share” cost per child is $1,497 ($1 million divided by 668 students). Families that contribute at the higher Cap & Gown and Scholar’s Circle levels receive special recognition.

Red Envelope Friday, Sept. 30 — Participation Counts!

It is strongly encouraged that everyone contribute, or pledge to contribute, on or before Red Envelope Friday. 100 percent participation among school families is necessary to maintain this world-class education in the current climate of cuts to state and local education funding, and encourages community and corporate donations. On Sept. 30, Red Envelope Friday, volunteers will be at drop off and pick up collecting pledge forms and contributions. Also, parents will notice red boxes at the office and around campus where they can drop their contributions. Five-Star Education Programs are in place for 2011/12 and the funds are due immediately to cover their costs – please contribute today!

Contribution Recognition

All contributions are tax-deductible, receive car window stickers and a student directory. As well, the first “Thank you contributing families, teachers, staff and community partners” list will be published and distributed to all families shortly after Red Envelope Friday, recognizing all those who have contributed.

There will be no matching funds this year so don’t wait to contribute. “What is the difference?” The answer is the Education Foundation’s tagline, “The difference is YOU.”

For more information about Red Envelope Friday or to make a contribution, contact the RSF Education Foundation at (858) 756-1141 x208. You can also go to the Education Foundation’s website at

and download contribution forms online.