Budget cuts. Escalating costs. Limited resources.
It has become increasingly difficult for Columbine High School to provide the important educational tools needed to keep students competitive in Colorado and prepared for the 21st-century workplace.
Led by former and current principals Frank DeAngelis and Dr. KC Somers, Columbine has shown strong academic performance–but escalating costs and limited resources continue to make it increasingly difficult for CHS to provide all of the important educational tools to support students and teachers in the classroom.
We are all aware of the continuing impacts of the 2008 economic crisis, and for many schools, the recession never ended. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, Columbine’s budget was a quarter of a million dollars less than it was in 2002. This represents a major financial blow to CHS–especially when taking into account inflation and the escalating costs of textbooks (a set of algebra text books alone costs over $60,000!). While Columbine has over twenty booster clubs to support various athletic, music and cheer groups, before the establishment of the Frank DeAngelis Columbine High School Academic Foundation there was no group focused on raising funds to help meet the academic needs at CHS. In response to this clear financial need, the Foundation was established in 2009 by a group of parents to raise funds for educational purposes to support the interests of CHS, its students, staff and teachers.
The Foundation is an all-volunteer, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation’s goal is to inspire parents, alumni, and community members to support the future of Columbine High School by donating money, volunteering, and generating support for the school.
The Foundation is completely independent of Jefferson County Public Schools, and one-hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to Columbine High School. The Foundation’s Board of Directors accepts funding requests from teachers and departments heads. The Board then makes funding decisions and awards grants based on academic needs and the number of students who will be impacted by each grant.
In the past, CHSAF has raised enough money to mount projectors to the ceiling and provide Airliner wireless slates for every classroom in the school, purchase iPads for our special needs Challenge Program, purchase new document cameras for classrooms, Nikon DSLR cameras for the Photography Department, brand new sound systems for both the instrumental music and theater departments, and a new computer lab in the school, which opened in August of 2013. The foundation’s goal for the 2016-2017 school year is to raise enough money to purchase updated technology and fund professional development opportunities for teachers.
Since its inception, the Foundation has raised at least $25,000 every school year. Help us raise another $25,000 during the 2017-2018 school year! Interested in partnering with CHSAF? Find out how you can get involved!