FROM THE FIRST DAY TO GRADUATION DAY!
This is the goal of Lafayette Partners in Education - to support and enrich the education of every child in the Lafayette public schools.
For over four decades, Lafayette Partners In Education (LPIE) has provided critical funding for Lafayette public schools because state funding is inadequate. Since 1980, LPIE has directed over $46M in exceptional educational opportunities for Lafayette students that would not be possible without the generosity, time, and commitment of all community stakeholders. Today LPIE supports the Lafayette School District and Acalanes High school fund educators who deliver a vast array of programs that strengthen the educational experience of our students from transitional kindergarten through graduation. LPIE's investment each year ensures that every student has access to personalized learning in smaller classes, comprehensive support and counseling services, and a strong, well-rounded academic program - with enrichment opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Music, Physical Education, Reading, Writing, Libraries, and so much more.
LPIE's Endowment will be the cornerstone of this mission, supporting and sustaining quality public education here in Lafayette now and for generations to come.
A LIFETIME INVESTMENT IN LAFAYETTE LEARNERS
In Lafayette, we have a history of envisioning the brightest future and taking action to make it a reality. Today, we see a real opportunity to invest in that vision through the creation of a public school endowment that will ensure LPIE can continue to:
1. Provide every student with the support and enriching opportunities necessary to become engaged learners, creative thinkers, and dedicated global citizens
2. Protect our public schools from the impacts of budget cuts, unforeseen and evolving challenges, and economic uncertainties
3. Invest in our Lafayette community, understanding the impact that great schools have on property values, local businesses, and quality of life
ADDRESSING UNRELIABLE PUBLIC FUNDING
Over the last 40 years, Lafayette’s public schools have become some of the highest rated in the state, thanks in large part to our community’s support of LPIE and other local funding sources. However, the unreliability of state funding year after year makes it increasingly challenging to sustain the robust education that every student deserves while addressing their growing needs to prepare for the future.
Through this campaign we are seeking to move us closer to a day when our public schools are safe from the impacts of budget cuts, unforeseen circumstances, and economic uncertainties. Our initial goal is to raise $12 million. Funds drawn annually from the endowment will act as a dependable funding source and vital additional tool to protect and enrich our public schools.
Twelve million dollars is just the start. The ultimate goal is for the endowment to grow independently so that eventually, the annual return on investment is sufficient to address the instability of public school funding.
POWER OF AN ENDOWMENT
Serve as a stable and consistent cornerstone of LPIE’s vital annual fundraising
Provide the flexibility to strategically respond to emergent challenges, new possibilities, and innovative programs in our public schools
Create a long-term, self-sustaining revenue source
The funds from an endowment will not solve the education budget problem, but the additional stability and consistency from annual returns on investment will help address both the immediate needs of our students and educators while simultaneously helping build a public school system that aligns with the global future.