When I was obtaining my Bachelors in Educational Studies I realized that the way we fund schools is broken. We rely on property taxes which is not stable funding, especially in uncertain times. Therefore as we move into the next school year and beyond we are going to find that school districts will be asked to cut their budgets due to a funding shortfall at the state and local level. In an effort to help enrich schools through private funds, the Hillsboro Schools Foundation works to help fill the void.
Since 2001, the Hillsboro Schools Foundation has invested nearly $4 million in Hillsboro Schools for Innovative Grants, Homework Clubs, funding for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and so much more. In addition with students moving to online school this spring they have been working to help provide support for innovative programs, and make certain that at risk students continue to receive the help that they need.
While they help out all of the schools in the Hillsboro School District through their grants here are some of the most recent that grants that were issued to schools my children attended:
Glencoe High School –
- 2018-19 GHS in search of GMOs
- 2016-17 Real Time Spectroscopy
Evergreen Middle School –
- 2016-17 Coloring Connections
- 2016-17 Evergreen Comicon
North Plains Elementary School –
- 2017-18 Amplify STEM Kits
- 2016-17 Literacy Center ‘Cookie Swap’
- 2011-12 Computers on Wheels
Many of the items would not be possible without the help of the grants provided by the Foundation. Unfortunately until a better solution is found to fund school districts foundations like Hillsboro Schools Foundation are going to help provide much needed items for schools. If you would like to help the Hillsboro Schools Foundation you can make a donation here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E10908&id=1
Ok, let’s be real, for many of us parents out there we my find ourselves a little in over our heads with regard to this whole distance learning thing. Please know that it’s absolutely ok to feel like you’re in over your head just a little bit, and if you do there’s help out there. Which is where this weeks local business/hot spot of the week comes in, it’s Hillsboro Learning Center.
Sherri Rae purchased Hillsboro Learning Center in September of 2019. She has a BS in Elementary Education with minors in Child Development and Social Science. In addition to her teaching degree she obtained her Montessori Certification for teaching preschoolers aged 3 – 6. The Hillsboro Learning Center is not the first business that Sherri has owned. She founded Misty Mountain Learning Center in Puyallup, Washington prior to moving to Hillsboro in 2010. In addition, she has worked as an early childhood educator/tutor and as a consultant & curriculum specialist for child care and preschool businesses throughout the Hillsboro Community. This type of experience is very valuable in a tutor as it gives them the ability to adapt to the different types of curriculum that students are working with.
She provides one-on-one services which allows students to go at their own pace with regard to mastering the content/skill. She is working to update her services so checking in to see what she’s offering right now and how she is doing tutoring while social distancing is important.
With regard to pricing it’s $50 for one hour with an experienced teacher/tutor, and she’s offering a discount of $10 off each one hour session while stay at home order is in effect. In addition there is a 10% family discount if you have more than one kiddo signed up for tutoring sessions.
While my kids are all in college, I know that if they were still in public school and we were having to distance learn this is something I would sign them up for. I’m good with history, and english subjects but anything else and we’re in trouble in my house.