Newsletter v7  |  December 2020 | The Thankful Edition
Letter from the Executive Director

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people” ― Chinese proverb
This quote reminded me that regardless of what is happening in the world, access to education for everyone is fundamental to a thriving community. A pandemic doesn’t make it any more pressing. What matters is ensuring that, regardless of external circumstances, our students have what they need to succeed. 
I thought about this as I walked to the beehives with a student from LPO Alternative School who enthusiastically explained to me how beehives work. PAFE funded the bee suits which allow them to work together to observe and care for the hives. 
I thought about this when Nayla Morton told us about the aspiring fashion design student who had come to her wanting to produce some designs using the equipment PAFE had funded for her class’s CTE business. The student was then contracted to design the onesies for our Books for Babies program. 
Jacque Johnson, Principal at Southside Elementary showed us how students came alive during a fiddle recital PAFE had funded, and how it transformed the school culture. 
We aren’t funding programs that teach students how to become beekeepers or how to play the fiddle. We are giving them tools to build self-confidence, exposing them to ideas and experiences outside of the classroom. 
So I’ll say it again, a pandemic doesn't change the fact that we always need to support education. What does change, is how we support it, and the ability to be agile is more important than ever. 
I hope you’ll take the time to read the stories below about our investment in Professional Learning Communities - a program that helps teachers learn new teaching methods, test them, and reflect on them collaboratively with their colleagues. We are blown away by the stories coming from the teachers on how it has changed their classroom and we’ll be sharing them over the coming weeks. 
I am so impressed with our school leadership and their ability to adapt and I am beyond impressed with our community and their willingness to step up. 
We can’t raise money the way we have been. We can’t celebrate and thank you the way we typically do. Yet, you continue to give. 

And for that, I say thank you. Our future generation says thank you. 

Marcia Wilson
Thank you
A special thank you from students at LPOSD and a message from our president, Kelly Prior.
Challenges to Reopening Classrooms and Campuses

“We believe that in-classroom instruction with a caring, certified teacher remains the most effective learning model for our students. School is not the place where we are finding community spread.” 

— Madison Superintendent Geoff Thomas
Renewed Passion for Teaching and Learning at LPOSD

If teachers feel fulfilled in their work and have the tools they need to do their job, they can be better teachers, and the students will engage in their learning. 

The Idaho Education Tax Credit
What you need to know

With so much turmoil in the world and uncertainties for our children and teachers, your support is valued now more than ever.  We’ve recently heard some disappointing news that you should know. The Idaho Education Tax Credit that encouraged individual financial support of our public/private schools has expired and was not renewed by our state representatives in Boise. The law no longer allows taxpayers to claim an Education Tax Credit on our state income tax return effective January 1, 2020. Please check with your accountant if you have questions.  
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