Express Yourself: Community generosity supports WEF endeavors

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By Kurt Balasek, Winters Education Foundation President
Special to the Express

The end of the year is upon us and it’s time to consider your 2021 taxes. (Yeah, sorry for that reminder.)

As I reflect on what has been another difficult year for so many, I’d like to offer gratitude. Thanks to our supporters, WEF has been able to bring important resources to Winters students, families, and educators. Together, we have helped ease the strain of returning to in-classroom instruction after more than a year of distance learning.

Because of gifts from generous people, WEF was able to award 28 mini-grants totaling nearly $30,000 to support equal educational opportunities for every child in Winters public school classrooms this year. The funded projects were proposed by educators throughout Winters Joint Unified School District, and many reflected the challenges encountered by students and teachers during pandemic-era schooling.

Examples of the projects funded include:
Outdoor play equipment to engage young learners at Winters State Preschool Center.
Tools to introduce Waggoner Elementary School students to coding and robotics.
Ukuleles to expand music instruction at Shirley Rominger Intermediate Schools.
Scholarships to outdoor education camp for sixth and seventh graders at Winters Middle School.
Technology to enhance math classes at Winters High School.

Of course, none of WEF’s work would be possible without this community’s generosity.

If you are considering a year-end contribution to charity, I respectfully request that you consider WEF. We are 100 percent volunteer-run and our administrative costs are limited. We strive to put every dime contributed toward our mission to foster “continued educational excellence and equal educational opportunities for every child in a Winters public school,” now and always.

To that end, our Board places 5 percent of all gifts in an endowment to sustain philanthropic resources for Winters schools into the future.

If you would like to make a gift to WEF online, please visit our website at www.MyWEF.org. Donations can also be made via snail mail to Winters Education Foundation at P.O. Box 1047, Winters, CA 95694. I should also mention that our organization participates in Amazon Smile. If you are an Amazon shopper, it’s easy to sign up and support WEF through that program at smile.amazon.com.

As always, I thank you for your support and wish you a restful holiday season—and a very happy, healthy new year.

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