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A Message from the Executive Director: Why Do We Fundraise for Our CMP Schools?

Executive Director - Gary Bowman

May 28, 2019

“Why Do We Fundraise for Our CMP Schools?”

I was asked this question by a parent during one of our recent LCAP Stakeholder Input Sessions.  Great question, btw, and thanks for asking!  Here are a few thoughts:

First, and foremost, CMP’s school leaders are committed to providing the highest level of service to students, staff and families as we prioritize Montessori Methodology throughout our network.  We value our teaching assistants and our small class-sizes.  We offer our certificated staff a competitive compensatory package.  And, last, but not least, we recognize the importance of safe and clean facilities, and the amenities offered at each site.  

While we are conscientious, and purposeful, in how our funds are spent, sometimes the money doesn’t stretch as far as we would like it to.  Principals and their leadership teams work together to determine how much need exists beyond the funds provided by the State, and chart a course to raise funds for much-needed school resources.  Many of the wonderful things provided for students at CMP are a result of the generosity of donors through our fundraising efforts.  

In an ideal society, California schools would be adequately funded, and there would be no need for our community to engage in fundraising efforts.  Unfortunately, California charter schools are sorely underfunded, resulting in a need to generate additional monies through local fundraisers.

In closing, I invite you to speak with your Site Principals to explore creative ways to generate local monies in support of our schools. 

Thanks for reading this week’s message, and, thanks, as always, for your support!


Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.

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