Achievements

Achievements

2016 – 2017

The 2016-2017 school year was a great one for the Soaring Hawks Foundation! Through partnership of our families, the PTA, our business partners, and the community, we reached our goal of raising $20,000 for the Hawks this year! We held our first Annual Community Fundraising Event: “Swing Fore the Hawks” at Top Golf! Thank you to all of our families, business partners, and corporate donors for making this year so successful!

These gifts are helping to:

  • Fund eight teacher grants this year totaling around $6,000
  • Purchase alternative seaing for the media center and other classrooms
  • Update the computer lab
  • Continue to fund Math Seeds for kindergartners
  • Increase activity level with a Fitbit challenge program for Physical Education
  • Provide new instructional materials and continuing education conference fees for our teachers

2015 – 2016

The Soaring Hawks Foundation fundraising campaign began in August, three months earlier than prior years. By the end of 2015, Soaring Hawks had already raised more than $17,000 from donations and corporate matching. The Teacher Experience Raffle was our most successful in the three years we’ve held it. Students had more than 35 teacher experiences to choose from and we raised $4,000.

These gifts are helping to:

  • Award six teacher grants this year totaling around $6,500
  • Create a Butterfly Garden
  • Support Math Seeds and Reading Eggs for kindergartners
  • Develop a Fitbit challenge program for Physical Education
  • Enhance classroom learning with ant farms, standing desks, and iPads

2014 – 2015

The Soaring Hawks Foundation raised $ 24,360 from donations and corporate matching. We continued to carefully manage our operating expenses (2% of total expense) and doubled the amount raised in our annual Teacher Experience Raffle.

These gifts and funds raised helped to:

  • Send Hembree Springs teachers to Orton-Gillingham training for professional development
  • Fund a portion of the PTA expenses
  • Award $5,000 in teacher grants, including Reading Eggs for kindergartners and Flip cameras for fifth graders.

We ended our fiscal year with over $24,823 in our bank account.

2013 – 2014

The Soaring Hawks Foundation raised over $31,000 from donations and corporate matching. We continued managment of operating expenses (6% of total expense). We doubled the amount raised in our annual Teacher Experience Raffle.

These gifts helped to:

  • Fund a portion of the PTA expenses prior to the 2014-2015 Annual Campaign staring
  • Award 8 teacher grants this year – More than in any prior year!

We ended our fiscal year with over $51,000 in our bank account. This puts us in a great position for the new school year.

2012 – 2013

The Soaring Hawks Foundation saw an increase in the number of donors, a 20% increase in Corporate matches and continued management of operating expenses (9.7% of total expenses).

These gifts helped to award 7 teacher grants this year including:

  • Digital equipment for the TAG department to support the FRAMES Tech4Learning software program
  • Fund Media Center purchases including Who’s Who and Play Away mp3 audio books
  • Common Core Curriculum Standards Training in math for all teachers

We ended our fiscal year with over $43,520 in our bank account ($30,506 designated Observatory donations).

2011 – 2012

The Soaring Hawks Foundation raised approximately $50,000 through the 2011-2012 Fall Campaign, Corporate Matching and donations to the Observatory and WeatherBug Station.

These gifts helped to:

  • Fund the PTA Budget
  • Pay for WeatherBug Training for teachers
  • Contribute almost $18,000 towards the Observatory
  • Awarded several teacher grants

In the last year, we have seen chartitable donation growth of 3% over the prior year and corporate match contributions increased over 62%.

2010 – 2011

The Soaring Hawks Foundation raised approximately $40,000 in cash and in-kind donations with almost $20,000 raised in February and March as part of our first “Make our Hearts Soar” campaign.

These generous gifts helped to:

  • partially fund PTA Operations
  • fund the new Weatherbug Station
  • assist with technolgoy purchases for our classrooms

Students and teachers are now able to access the WeatherBug Station during school hours and use its real time weather data in math and science curriculum. Want to be a part of the action? Search for the WeatherBug App on your smart phone and choose the Hembree Springs Elementary station.

Promethean Interactive Learning Boards are in all classrooms 2nd through 5th and in some 1st and Kindergarten classrooms.

Business partners donated rewards to students who won their Reflections category as well as gift certificates for teacher appreciation week.

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