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Alta Education Foundation moves past $60,000 mark in school fundraising effort

Monday, February 25, 2002

$25,000 contribution helps organization move forward in effort to raise monies for new addition to elementary building.

Members of the Alta Education Foundation have recently surpassed the $60,000 plateau with the help of several large donations to the school district's fundraising project, and representatives of the organization say the group is working diligently to reach its stated goal of obtaining $125,000 to $150,000 for the new addition to the district's elementary school by the end of June.

Alta Superintendent Fred Maharry and Alta Education Foundation representative Paula Radke said the group has redoubled efforts to clear the $125,000 hurdle over the next few months, and is making significant progress toward achieving that goal.

"We're very optimistic that we're going to be able to reach our goal of $125,000 to $150,000," Maharry said. "We're very appreciative of the support we've received from a number of people living in Alta and those away from town who have ties to the community in this process so far."

The biggest gift to the foundation has been from Eleanor, Don and Jan Peterson, who have pledged a total of $25,000. The AEF has also received contributions of $5,000 and $3,000 from several individuals, and the group has received an assortment of donations under the $1,000 mark.

The foundation began work on the fundraising campaign almost immediately after the bond issue won approval from voters on Dec. 4, and it has engaged in a broadbased effort to try to make contacts with as many Alta citizens and alumni of Alta High School as possible.

The organization has mailed facilities campaign pledge sheets to more than 1,200 alumni of AHS living across the country, and the group is now ready to meet with people in and out of Alta individually over the next few weeks.

"We're trying to personalize this as much as possible," Maharry said. "We want to sit down and meet with people individually and face-to-face and answer any questions about the foundation that they may have. We want this effort to be a personal one."

"Alta's such a close-knit community, and we want to make everyone aware of what is going on so everyone understands where the money we're raising right now is going to," Radke said. "That's important. We want people to know where their donations are going and how they will be used to help benefit the school."

Pledges to the AEF will be earmarked for the three community use areas of the new elementary addition (library, gymnasium and media center/computer lab), and naming opportunities for different sections of the school building will be available for those who give more than $5,000 to the foundation.

Monetary gifts can also be donated to the educational organization in increments over a three-year span, and Maharry said many contributors have taken advantage of that option.

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