As the Foundation for Saline Area Schools reaches the end of its first school year issuing grants on a rolling basis, or at regular intervals throughout the year rather than all in one shot at year's end, overall financial support and contribution levels are looking stronger than ever.
This past year alone the foundation has issued $86,000 through 39 grants, bringing the total amount contributed since the foundation was started in 1987 to nearly $1.3 million.
"It wasn't just all grants in November," said Annherst Kreitz, executive director of the foundation. "Just today we approved two more grants, so that will be 41 this year. We're very excited about that."
Anyone in Saline with a child in the school district right now has a very good chance that foundation grant money will benefit their family some time in the near future, as programs ranging from writing workshops to makerspaces and language learning programs to even a school-level TedTalk with many more in between were realized with foundation support this year.
Kreitz thanked the SAS administration and board for their support, giving a farewell statement of recognition to High School Senior Student Representative Matt Eitzman and administrative representative, Alex Schukow, Heritage Assistant Principal, both of who rotated off of the foundation board this year.
Schukow is now President of the Saline Area Schools Alumni group.
Kreitz said she hoped that Schukow's presence on SAS Alumni coming from the foundation would translate into greater collaboration between the two organizations.
She also highlighted that two of the grants awarded this year were student-led grants that were initiated a couple of years ago and have finally come to fruition in the current school year. Student participation is always welcomed and is something the foundation would like to see more of in the future.
"We're very proud of our students and our teachers," Kreitz said, before thanking Superintendent Scot Graden for his support.
"As I have said often, it is not common amongst executive directors of education foundations to have a good working relationship with their superintendent and I am so proud of that," she said. "I am so thankful for that."
Upcoming events to look out for if you're interested in supporting the foundation include the Downtown Pep Rally on August 15, the Hall of Fame Weekend on Sept. 13 and 14, the Fall Kickoff on Sept. 17.
For more information on these and other events and programs involving the foundation, visit their website at https://www.supportfsas.org/.