History Of Redlands Educational Partnership

REP Then And Now

In July 1987, concerns about the impact of state budget cuts on the quality of education in the Redlands Unified School District energized a small group of parents to explore ways to raise funds to promote and encourage excellence in education. The shared concerns of these forward thinking community members resulted in the formation of the Redlands Educational Partnership.

The REP is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The REP supports programs that benefit the schools and students in RUSD.

REP serves 24 RUSD schools and approximately 22,000 students. The REP now supports 6 programs including:

• T.A.G.S. Funding (formerly Enrichment Plus for the Arts, Science, Technology and School Gardens)
• Grants for Schools
• Evening of Appreciation
• RESCUE the Instruments
• REPresenting Our Schools Art Project (student notecards)
• AAA Academy (Tuition-based high school summer school and THINK Together after school program funded by the California State After School Education and Safety Grant)

The REP works in true partnership with the schools in our district. Over the years, REP has added programs as noted above. REP’s collaborating with teachers, principals and district personnel directly led to the inclusion of the following:

• Expansion of the Enrichment Plus program to include funding for technology along with science, school gardens and cultural arts.
• Expansion of the Evening of Appreciation honors to include classified employees as well as teachers.
• Formation of the AAA Academy to offer for-credit high school summer school coursework.
• Overall Program Budget (excluding AAA Academy) = ~$100,000
• AAA Academy Summer School/THINK Together After School Program Budget = ~$900,000
Maximum Teacher Grant Size is $3,000

REP served 19 RUSD schools with a student population of 13,300. The Foundation supported three programs including:

• Enrichment Plus (cultural arts)
• Grants for Schools (mini-grants for teachers)
• Evening of Appreciation (Beaver Medical Group’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards).
• Overall Program Budget = ~ $16,000
• Largest teacher grant awarded was $400.00 and 16 were awarded.
• Funding: 1987 – phone-a-thon to ask community members to donate their tax
rebate from the State to create start-up money for the Foundation

REP relies on the REP TEN Campaign, generous contributions from community members like yourselves, grants from other businesses and foundations, donations from generous local businesses and service groups with the shared vision of the importance of supporting excellence in education. SINCE 1987 REP HAS CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO RUSD SCHOOLS!!

The education budget crisis of today is worse than that of 1987. Our students and teachers of RUSD need the REP more than ever. REP continues to work to find new funding streams to help these programs grow as we work to continue “reaching out to make a difference!”

+ Today

REP serves 24 RUSD schools and approximately 22,000 students. The REP now supports 6 programs including:

• T.A.G.S. Funding (formerly Enrichment Plus for the Arts, Science, Technology and School Gardens)
• Grants for Schools
• Evening of Appreciation
• RESCUE the Instruments
• REPresenting Our Schools Art Project (student notecards)
• AAA Academy (Tuition-based high school summer school and THINK Together after school program funded by the California State After School Education and Safety Grant)

The REP works in true partnership with the schools in our district. Over the years, REP has added programs as noted above. REP’s collaborating with teachers, principals and district personnel directly led to the inclusion of the following:

• Expansion of the Enrichment Plus program to include funding for technology along with science, school gardens and cultural arts.
• Expansion of the Evening of Appreciation honors to include classified employees as well as teachers.
• Formation of the AAA Academy to offer for-credit high school summer school coursework.
• Overall Program Budget (excluding AAA Academy) = ~$100,000
• AAA Academy Summer School/THINK Together After School Program Budget = ~$900,000
Maximum Teacher Grant Size is $3,000

+ In The Beginning

REP served 19 RUSD schools with a student population of 13,300. The Foundation supported three programs including:

• Enrichment Plus (cultural arts)
• Grants for Schools (mini-grants for teachers)
• Evening of Appreciation (Beaver Medical Group’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards).
• Overall Program Budget = ~ $16,000
• Largest teacher grant awarded was $400.00 and 16 were awarded.
• Funding: 1987 – phone-a-thon to ask community members to donate their tax
rebate from the State to create start-up money for the Foundation

+ Funding Today

REP relies on the REP TEN Campaign, generous contributions from community members like yourselves, grants from other businesses and foundations, donations from generous local businesses and service groups with the shared vision of the importance of supporting excellence in education. SINCE 1987 REP HAS CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO RUSD SCHOOLS!!

+ Where Will We Be Tomorrow?

The education budget crisis of today is worse than that of 1987. Our students and teachers of RUSD need the REP more than ever. REP continues to work to find new funding streams to help these programs grow as we work to continue “reaching out to make a difference!”

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