VIDEO: Foundation, Saline Schools Plant Time Capsule to Mark Anniversary
The Foundation for Saline Area Schools and Saline Area Schools District celebrated 25 years of helping the community's children realize their dreams of the future.
The Foundation for Saline Area Schools and the Saline Area Schools District celebrated their 25-year partnership by making a promise to the future, June 12.
At a ceremony attended by the foundation's founding trustees, current trustees, school officials and students, a time capsule was buried in front of Liberty School.
The capsule, to be opened in 2037 when the foundation marks its 50th anniversary, included a video about the foundation, the school district's strategic framework document and tickets to foundation events.
2012 Saline High School graduate Rachel Paxton, granddaughter of the foundation's first president, Bruce Paxton, read aloud a letter she composed to her future self. It was then placed in the capsule. Kindergarten students Simon and Norah Dawid contributed drawings depicting their career aspirations—Norah wants to be a farmer and Simon plans to be a ninja.
Over the years, the foundation fas contributed more than $500,000 to the school district. For years, the foundation provided mini-grants for teachers looking to fund special lessons and activities. In the last two years, the foundation has taken its support of the district to a new level, donating strategic grants of $70,000 for classroom libraries and $65,000 for new science, math and engineering curriculum in the middle school.
Last winter, the foundation proposed partnering with the school district to hire a full-time director for the foundation, suggesting a full-time director could do more to coordinate local fundraising efforts while also reaching out to acquire corporate support for the district. That proposal has been put on the backburner while the school district negotiates contracts with teachers and support staff.