Our Mission Statement
To enrich, enhance, and expand educational opportunities for our students and teachers through effective fundraising and the efficient allocation of resources.
The purpose of the Foundation is to be an important source of additional revenue, resources, and support for Shoal Creek Elementary School. As a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, the Foundation raises funds on its behalf and distributes to support projects mutually identified by the school site and members.
What is the Difference Between Foundation and PTA?
Both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations share a goal of enhancing our children’s education; however, they are governed differently with respect to how they raise and spend money. The PTA is a national child and family advocacy organization and is bound by national and state by-laws which dictate how fundraising is achieved and how funds are implemented into programs. The Foundation is a strictly local organization and can pursue as much fundraising as necessary to achieve its stated goals, has greater discretion over monies raised, and is not subject to state-mandated processes.
Established in 2002 as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the Foundation provides financial resources to enhance the learning opportunities for all of our students and to support the educational goals of Shoal Creek Elementary School. The volunteer members of the Foundation represent the school community (with children of varying ages, business owners, etc.) and also include the Principal and staff members. The Foundation raises funds and distributes the monies to support projects mutually identified by the school site and members.
The Foundation supports our students’ education through purchases of educational materials and equipment. We work in conjunction with the PTA and Shoal Creek teachers and staff to fund programs and positions that our district can no longer afford.
Through the generous donations from Shoal Creek families and local businesses, the Foundation has supported the following invaluable resources since its inception. Visit our Programs page for more information on what programs and tools Foundation resources support.
Foundation Board Members
Lori Lam, Chair
Lisa Bell, Secretary
Jessica Hardy, Treasurer
Harmeena Omoto, Principal
Jen Hagan, Teacher
Board of Directors