We have dedicated a significant chunk of time and energy this school year on Leader in Me fund-raising. We began the year with a commitment to pursue this goal but with no real sense of how. (In some ways, I’m reminded of our desire to instill non-cognitive skills in our students before we discovered Leader in Me; we knew what we wanted to accomplish, but just couldn’t see the way.)
We weren’t starting from zero, though. A few of last year’s third graders were so excited about our direction that they held spring fundraisers at home. Their contributions totaled $33, so that’s what we started with.
Since we began this work in August, our goal was to reach March 1 with enough funding to allow us to commit to FranklinCovey for the 2015-16 school year. Along the way, we learned that our first-year commitment would be just over $40,000 for materials and professional development–the key elements in this work. The total for the next two years of the agreement is less than that first year number, as the training is front-loaded. So we believed that if we could manage that first-year total by March 1, we’d be well over the hump.
With parent support, collaboration with local businesses and organizations, and the early backing of the Westfield City Council, we made remarkably rapid progress. As of February 26, we were within sight of our goal for first-year funding. Not quite there, but within sight.
Then, in a stunning display of support and generosity, one of our families stepped up with a check that put us over the top. And it wasn’t even March yet.
So we know now that we can sign the agreement for the first-year training with FranklinCovey, and that we’ll begin our Leader in Me transformation with the 2015-16 school year. We–you, too–have lots more to do, but we also have lots of reason to stop and celebrate this milestone.