If you live in Gundo you’ve seen the signs in yards, the logo at events, and you’ve been asked to donate – but do you know what the Ed! Foundation is? We sat down with Carol Pirsztuk, the Ed! Foundation CEO to learn more about the Ed! Foundation and what it stands for.
What Does Ed! do for ESUSD?
Ed’s sole mission is to raise funds to support the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD). Ed! is unique in that it is the only parent organization that can pay for teachers and educational programs. This is because, funding from Ed! to ESUSD is done in the form of a grant, which is planned and annualized. Here is how it works. In the spring ESUSD determines their grade level curriculum for the following year.
How it works is that in the spring Ed! partners ESUSD to determine the monetary needs of the school district and identifies the programs and projects the foundation will fund. Once a number has been decided upon, ESUSD plans for the funds in their general budget and Ed! starts fundraising. Basically, money raised today by Ed! is already being spent at the schools. Also, it is important to note that ESUSD needs the community to support both PTA and ESEF. Simply, PTA pays for “stuff” and Ed! pays for teachers and programs.