The Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF) would like to thank the more than 90 donors who contributed to this year's Holiday Fund Drive. The total amount raised was $7,868 — passing this year's goal by more than 50%.
"We knew it would be difficult to fundraise in our typical way without Foundation Day and raffles to large activities like the Philadelphia Auto Show or sporting events sponsored in the past by Subaru of America," said Jori Broad, CSDEF co-president. "We were so happy to see how generous families, who were in a position to donate during this unprecedented year, really supported this campaign."
The drive, earmarked for "Helping Kids Connect," will support making students' virtual and hybrid experiences as seamless as possible through Wi-Fi hotspots and other technology. Members of the CSDEF board will meet with the superintendent and look at feedback from each building to identify specific needs.
The CSDEF's next fundraising effort will be February's Feel the Love campaign. For a small donation, families can recognize a teacher or other Colonial staff member who has made a special impact on their child's life.
"It's wonderful and rewarding to be a part of the CSDEF and fundraise for the Colonial School District. We're proud to be able to connect with the Colonial Community and show how our fundraising dollars go to provide amazing programs, scholarships and teacher grants," said Annette Swartz, CSDEF co-president. "As we like to say, 'together we'll build the future!'"
The end of the winter holiday season also marked the end of Subaru's Share the Love campaign. The CSDEF is one of the hometown charities that customers at John Kennedy Subaru on Ridge Pike may choose to receive donations during the campaign. For the past two years, funds raised from the Share the Love event have supported Colonial's free summer meal program.