Editor’s note: Today is Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States. We fly “Old Glory” at our house — and the Iowa State Cyclones flag when our football-playing nephew is home, or during the football season. I once joked to him that the British do something similar when the Queen is home at Buckingham Palace. One of my favorite local traditions is the flags that fly in downtown Grass Valley:
The Grass Valley Schools Foundation for Arts and Science will be displaying two hundred flags along the streets of downtown Grass Valley in honor of Flag Day through their Flags over the Foothills fundraiser.
As the flag has made a stand for opportunity in the United States, the community is invited to join the Foundation in making a stand for quality education in the Grass Valley schools by sponsoring a flag. Flags can be sponsored for as little as $40 a year for one flag that will be flown four times a year.
The flags are displayed on Memorial Day, Flag Day, The Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day. “Flags Over the Foothills is our biggest fundraiser each year. Without the generous support of the community through flag sponsorships we wouldn’t be able to fund the grants requests from the teachers to help enhance the curriculum,” said board president Nicole Schug.
The Grass Valley Schools Foundation for Arts & Science is a local non-profit that was started in 2003 by five moms from the Grass Valley schools hoping to raise funds to support and enhance the curriculum of the Grass Valley schools. The Foundation is now made up of parents, current teachers and retired teachers.
In the past few years, the Foundation has raised and donated over $16,000 for science and art enrichment to the Grass Valley schools. Money raised from flag sponsorships goes into the classrooms of the Grass Valley Schools to support and enhance the curriculum in Visual & Performing Arts, Science, History, Social Science, Technology, Physical Education, Literacy, and Library Science.
Some of the recent grants awarded were to teachers Gilmore News Network (GNN) upgraded TV broadcasting equipment, funding for the dance floor at Lyman Gilmore. 6th Grade Science Camp Scholarships, theater classes, Exploring CA Gold 3 day trip, Magic School Bus Videos, The Scotten Launch Pad, wireless base stations & Printopia app for iPad2 & for iPod, Ballet Lessons for Nutcracker, Challenger learning center voyage to Mars @ Discovery Museum field trip.
The Grass Schools Foundation also provides the port-a-potty for public use at the P.L.A.Y playground at Hennessy School. Most recently $500 was awarded to Scotten to help fund Wild Things to come and give a presentation to the students. Wild Things is a non-profit organization that provides homes for displaced wildlife that are unable to survive in the wild. They then share these animals as wildlife ambassadors in public education.
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