E4DS (Excellence 4 Dexter Students), a community-led group founded to provide meaningful financial support to the Dexter Community Schools, has launched their initial Giving Campaign. With the help of parents, residents, extended families, and local businesses, E4DS aims to raise $300 per student, the approximate amount the district was forced to cut out of its 2015-2016 budget.
Funds raised will support core programming for every grade level. This is different from other organizations that focus on providing grants to cover special projects. E4DS allows the community to return school funding decisions to citizens by facilitating direct financial support to DCS students. E4DS formed in the spring of 2015 following the research process of potentially annexing Whitmore Lake Public Schools Whitmore Lake School District. The group achieved 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in September 2015. Although the Dexter school board decided to no longer research annexation, the process raised awareness in the community about statewide problems in district funding. State law prohibits Dexter residents from voting to raise money for the classroom through local taxes, yet state per pupil funding for schools has been in steady decline. E4DS offers the community a way to directly support the children and programs that make Dexter Community Schools strong.
“We are working to take local control to fund what we value,” says E4DS President Jennifer Kangas. “Your donations will preserve and support critical programs for our children.”
Superintendent Chris Timmis adds, “We are so fortunate to have caring parents and community members willing to provide direct financial support to students…E4DS support will allow Dexter Community Schools students to continue thriving.”
More information about E4DS and school funding, including how to donate to the “Excellence Together” campaign, can be found at www.e4ds.org.
This post comes from a Dexter Community Schools press release that was submitted to us earlier today, which is presented in its entirety in the first embedded document below, with the second embedded document being the first E4DS newsletter.