Businesses and individuals increased their donations to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation by 10 percent last year.
The foundation awards money to schools and educational staff to improve education in the district, which is Idaho’s second-largest after Meridian.
This year, the foundation took in nearly $1 million from fundraising events and donors, said Jennifer Henderson, the foundation’s executive director. Much of that money is restricted for specific schools, programs and projects in the 25,000-student district.
The foundation awarded $140,000 in teacher grants this year, the highest dollar amount the fund has ever given out in the unrestricted grants that teachers apply for each year. The foundation has given out more than $1.7 million in teacher grants in the last 25 years, said Henderson.
Money from the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation will be used in the coming academic year for mobile science labs for all eighth-graders. Henderson said it will also pay for chess programs, musical instruments, library books, and aid to families with economic hardships.
“I believe organizations, companies and individuals see that education is one of the best places to donate,” Henderson said July 7. “These kids will be running our businesses and government one day.”