Dear Fellow Parents:
On behalf of the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundational (WCLEF), welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year. 2020 has been and continues to be unlike any other in our lifetimes and similar to most other organizations, the WCLEF is adapting. Consequently, we wanted to reach out and share our approach to the school year with you and let you know how you can help.
For those of you unfamiliar with the WCLEF, we are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to help bridge the gap between the budget our schools receive from the government and what our schools need to thrive. We do this by funding grant requests from teachers and the administration. The most recent example is the SORA digital library, which enables our students to have access to digital library books while social distancing and post-pandemic will continue to fill the gap created by our town’s lack of a public library.
Typically, the WCLEF funds these grants through 3 major events, the Charity Golf Outing, the Winter Dance, and the Run for Education. In 2020, our fundraising will be a little different – the Run for Education will be virtual in October (check out our Facebook page, website or run-sign up site for more details) and we will schedule a few other virtual events over the course of the year.
As we are all part of a larger community, we will also be partnering with local philanthropic organizations to help support those families in our area who are in need.
To do all this, we need your support – not only by participating in our events, but more importantly, by joining our team of volunteers. Joining is easy - we meet once a month (virtually at the start of the year) on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (the first meeting of the school year is September 16th). The meetings are usually about an hour to an hour and a half and include an update from one of the members of the school district’s administration team (which includes insights and details about our schools you might not hear otherwise).
While the time commitment might be small, the impact you can leave on our schools, our community, and our children is huge. As part of the WCLEF, you will have the opportunity to review, improve, and vote upon all grant requests that we receive - essentially you get a say in how we spend the money we raise in our schools – what could be more impactful than that?
Please reach out to us with any questions, or details about our meetings at info@WCLEF.com. Lastly, and most importantly, thank you for your support!