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Longtime Main Avenue staple, St. Maries Realty, is the thirteenth business to sign on to the St. Maries Foundation for Education’s SD41 fund matching drive. St. Maries Realty has been in business in St. Maries for more than two decades, offering superior real estate service to our community and its outlying areas.

The Foundation’s fund-matching campaign is a fundraising drive that lasts the length of the 2011-2012 school year where local business will match contributions made by teachers, faculty and staff of School District 41. The total amount donated through payroll deductions from generous school district employees will be doubled by an equally generous donation by our local businesses.

The 12 other companies committed to this fundraiser are BRICKWALL Spa & Espresso, North Idaho Vinyl Graphic Designs, The Grub Box, Interstate Drilling and Pump, Timber Realty, Valley Vista Care, Benewah Community Hospital, The Gazette Record, AmericanWest Bank, Hughes Ace Hardware, Premiere Financial Services and The Paperhouse.

The non-profit organization was originally formed in 2001 by a group of volunteers with the purpose of supplementing local schools with additional funding. In less than a decade the organization has raised more than $20,000.

The Foundation currently has $17,000 available to grant to School District 41. Money is awarded to local schools through grant requests made by teachers.

Any businesses – or individuals – interested in contributing to the St. Maries Foundation for Education through this fundraiser or in any other way may contact Foundation President Devon Barta at devondanelle@hotmail.com or mail checks payable to the group to P.O. Box 176 St. Maries, ID  83861. All donations are tax-deductible.

To stay informed of all the latest Foundation news, follow this site by signing up for our email subscription in the top, right-hand corner, just under the masthead.

The St. Maries Foundation for Education received a $300 donation from Wells Fargo Bank on behalf of the company’s Sharing Advantage Program. The bank’s program supports local non profit organizations by making a $300 contribution after the close of each loan (new or refinance) to the charity of the customer’s choice.

Jimmy McAndrew, St. Maries High School class of 1997 alum and enthusiastic supporter of the Foundation, was the closing officer on the loan.

The St. Maries Foundation for Education welcomes the 12th business to join the 2011-2012 SD41 fund-matching drive. BRICKWALL Spa & Espresso is one of the newest Main Ave. businesses, having just celebrated its one-year anniversary in downtown St. Maries, and boasts a full-service hair salon while specializing in luxurious spa treatments and gourmet coffee.

It is one of a handful of local businesses to commit to the Foundation’s fund-matching drive where local business will match contributions made by teachers, faculty and staff of School District 41. The total amount donated through payroll deductions from the generous school district employees will be doubled by an equally generous donation by our local businesses.

The 11 other companies committed to this fundraiser are North Idaho Vinyl Graphic Designs, The Grub Box, Interstate Drilling and Pump, Timber Realty, Valley Vista Care Center, Benewah Community Hospital, The Gazette Record, AmericanWest Bank, Hughes Ace Hardware, Premiere Financial Services and The Paperhouse.

The non-profit organization was originally formed in 2001 by a group of volunteers with the purpose of supplementing local schools with additional funding. In less than a decade the organization has raised more than $20,000.

The Foundation currently has more than $17,000 available to grant to School District 41. Money is awarded to local schools through grant requests made by teachers.

Any businesses – or individuals – interested in contributing to the St. Maries Foundation for Education through this fundraiser or in any other way may contact Foundation President Devon Barta at devondanelle@hotmail.com or mail checks payable to the group to P.O. Box 176 St. Maries, ID  83861. All donations are tax-deductible.

To stay informed of all the latest Foundation news, follow this site by signing up for our email subscription in the top, right-hand corner, just under the masthead.

The St. Maries Foundation for Education is pleased to welcome the latest business to join our 2011-2012 fundraising campaign. North Idaho Vinyl Graphic Designs, located in downtown St. Maries and owned by Marie Weber, specializes in custom graphics and vinyl signage.

It is the eleventh local business to commit to the Foundation’s fund-matching drive where local business will match contributions made by teachers, faculty and staff of School District 41. The total amount donated through payroll deductions from the generous school district employees will be doubled by an equally generous donation by our local businesses.

The 10 other companies committed to this fundraiser are The Grub Box, Interstate Drilling and Pump, Timber Realty, Valley Vista Care Center, Benewah Community Hospital, The Gazette Record, AmericanWest Bank, Hughes Ace Hardware, Premiere Financial Services and The Paperhouse.

The non-profit organization was originally formed in 2001 by a group of volunteers with the purpose of supplementing local schools with additional funding. In less than a decade the organization has raised more than $20,000.

The Foundation currently has more than $17,000 available to grant to School District 41. Money is awarded to local schools through grant requests made by teachers.

Any businesses – or individuals – interested in contributing to the St. Maries Foundation for Education through this fundraiser or in any other way may contact Foundation President Devon Barta at devondanelle@hotmail.com or mail checks payable to the group to P.O. Box 176 St. Maries, ID  83861. All donations are tax-deductible.

To stay informed of all the latest Foundation news, follow this site by signing up for our email subscription in the top, right-hand corner, just under the masthead.

St. Maries Foundation for Education President, Devon Barta, will be meeting with St. Maries Rotary and the Parent Teacher Organization this week to talk about the Foundation’s 2011-2012 fundraising efforts and discuss the organization’s mission.

Devon will meet with the St. Maries Rotary chapter during the organization’s weekly lunch Tuesday to discuss the re-formation of the Foundation for Education and talk about the recent fundraising effort being made by teachers and staff of School District 41 and local businesses in the St. Maries community.

She will then have the opportunity meet with the PTO that evening and focus that discussion on the Foundation’s mission to provide teachers with financial resources and educate them on the grant-proposal process.

The major fundraiser the Foundation is focused on this year will run throughout the course of the 2011-12 school year and relies on money raised through voluntary payroll deductions from school district employees. All contributions made by the district staff will then be doubled by a match from a group of local business.

There are currently 10 businesses committed to this fundraiser: Hughes Ace Hardware, Premiere Financial Services, American West Bank, The Gazette Record, Benewah Community Hospital, Valley Vista Care Center, Timber Realty, Interstate Drilling and Pump, The Grub Box and The Paperhouse.

The non-profit organization was originally formed in 2001 by a group of volunteers with the purpose of supplementing local schools with additional funding. In less than a decade the organization has raised more than $20,000.

The Foundation currently has $17,000 available to grant to School District 41. Money is awarded to local schools through grant requests made by teachers.

If you have any questions or would like further information about this fundraiser – or our organization in general, feel free to contact Devon anytime at devondanelle@hotmail.com

The members of the St. Maries Foundation for Education know that for a fundraiser to be successful it needs to include the bulk of the community. So when the group was deciding on a way to raise money for their organization, they enlisted help from two of the biggest and most giving sects of the community: teachers and staff of School District 41 and St. Maries businesses.

The fundraiser, which will run throughout the course of the 2011-12 school year, relies on money raised through voluntary payroll deductions from school district employees. All contributions made by the district staff will then be doubled by a match from a group of local business.

“The idea is pretty simple, it just takes a long time to explain the details,” Foundation President Devon Barta explained. “The first group – the teachers and school district staff – donate to the Foundation through automatic payroll deductions. The second group – a collection of local business owners –  then collectively match whatever dollar amount the first group contributes.”

There are currently 10 businesses committed to this fundraiser: Hughes Ace Hardware, Premiere Financial Services, American West Bank, The Gazette Record, Benewah Community Hospital, Valley Vista Care Center, Timber Realty, Interstate Drilling and Pump, The Paperhouse and The Grub Box.

“The beauty of this idea is that because it lasts the course of a school year, it’s ongoing,” Mrs. Barta said. “Businesses and individuals can jump in at anytime. I plan to meet with other area business owners who have already expressed interest and hope to have several more committed to contribute to the matching donations.”

The non-profit organization was originally formed in 2001 by a group of volunteers with the purpose of supplementing local schools with additional funding. In less than a decade the organization has raised more than $20,000.

The Foundation currently has more than $17,000 available to grant to School District 41. Money is awarded to local schools through grant requests made by teachers and administrative staff.

Any businesses – or individuals – interested in contributing to the St. Maries Foundation for Education through this fundraiser or in any other way may contact Mrs. Barta at devondanelle@hotmail.com or mail checks payable to the group to P.O. Box 176 St. Maries, ID  83861. All donations are tax-deductible.

Welcome!

Welcome to the St. Maries Foundation for Education Web site. Glad to have you! The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the St. Maries School District in beautiful St. Maries, Idaho.

Founded in 2001 by a group of volunteers, the group formed with the purpose of supplementing local schools with additional funding. In less than a decade the organization has raised more than $20,000 and has already granted a bulk of that amount to the district.

As is often the case with organizations such as these, much of the hard work is usually done by a small group of dedicated individuals and the giving nature of a very generous community. Founding members Jack Botts, Gardner Cromwell, Dan Hammes, Everett Anderson, Karen Robinson, Debbie Martin Buchanan, George Currier, Eddie Epler, Randy Mueller, Francie Walters and Nancy Nelson Shepherd deserve major kudos for their efforts, as do the countless other communities members who have given both their time and money to this great cause.

The recent re-formation of the board of directors and election of new officers couldn’t have come at a better time, considering the budget shortfalls and funding deficits our schools are facing. It gives us a chance to do some great work, and I am excited and honored to be a part of it.

Together with the rest of the Foundation members – Becky Harold, Nancy Shepherd, Paul Ebert, John Hughes, Sylvia Eberlin, Adie Darden, Kim Schwanz and Randy Sather – we hope to inspire the group with fundraising ideas and grant fulfillments.

2011 Foundation board members include Becky Harold (vice president), Sylvia Eberlin, Devon Barta (president), John Hughes, Paul Ebert and Adie Darden. Not pictured, Nancy Shepherd (secretary), Kim Schwanz and Randy Sather.

Your tax-deductible contributions will enable the Foundation to grow and become a powerful influence in the education of our children. If you’re interested in making a donation, please make them payable to the St. Maries Foundation for Education, and feel free to send them to the address listed below:

Attn: SM Foundation for Education | P.O. Box 176| St. Maries ID, 83861

For more information or to contribute ideas, feel free to contact me any time at devondanelle@hotmail.com and become a member of our Facebook community at Stmariesidahoschoolsfoundation Schools.

~ Devon Barta

St. Maries Foundation for Education | President

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