Thank you, community, for soap project support. What’s next?
By Jane Tanaka, M.D.
Thank you, Ramona and San Diego, for your generosity.
Hopefully soon FORUS (Friends of Ramona Unified Schools) will collect another $264 of the total $6,800 needed to wrap up the fundraising for the FORUS Soap Project. Many generous Ramonans and San Diegans donated to this, our pilot project.
In addition to the donors we recognized in our letter last week, we would like to also thank our recent donors: Michaela, Colton, Matthew and James Meskell of Ramona, Paul Ketchum of Ramona, Charlie and Sandy Tiechert of Ramona, Sam and Kathy Jemison of Ramona, Joyce Daubert of Ramona, Penny Fox of Ramona, Esther Lucchesse and Family of Ramona, Patrick and Tammy Gillespie and Family of 4S Ranch, Betty of SD, and the cash donors at the RUSD Public Workshop.
Thank you also to the Ramona Parents Coalition who have supported our project by spreading the word to their members.
FORUS member Greg Chick is installing 34 vandal proof soap dispensers at Ramona High School, Montecito High School, and Olive Peirce Middle School at no charge to the school district. Additionally, your donations are providing enough soap for 680,000 hand washes at the secondary school student bathrooms. (The soap supply already at the secondary schools can then be transferred to the elementary schools, where the dispensers are not vandalized as often.)
Special thanks to Ed Anderson, head of maintenance at RUSD, and Dr Graeff for your cooperation and support.
FORUS, a California nonprofit organization awaiting 501c3 status, would next like your input regarding future projects.
The mission of FORUS is to fill the gaps in deferred maintenance issues which may adversely effect the health and safety of students in our Ramona public schools.
What would you like to see us do next? Work further on improving the bathrooms? Replace the leaking roofs which are beyond repair? Install new air conditioners? Obtain walkie-talkies for each staff member for emergency communication? Obtain AEDs (heart defibrillators) for each campus? Please email us with your input: Janetanaka@sv-mail.com .
Founding members of FORUS are: Carmen Bedia, Perla Martinez, Amy Barraclough, Maureen Robertson, David Patterson, Donald Gruniesen, Bob Stoody, Greg Chick and Jane Tanaka.
Student members include Cameron Barraclough-Keith and Casey Martinez, both from OPMS. If you’d like to join us, we meet most Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Ramona Sentinel office. Please check with us to confirm meeting date and time by emailing Janetanaka@sv-mail.com.
We anticipate needing help, especially from people in roofing and other skilled construction trades, grant writing, nonprofit fundraising, and certified public accounting. But mostly we need people who are tired of politics, tired of blame, and just want to get something done to help our students have a better educational environment.
Dr. Jane Tanaka is a Ramona resident and fundraising chair for the soap dispenser project.
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