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What is PFOE?

Parents for Open Education (PFOE)

Money raised through Parent Donations (PFOE) and Fundraising events directly enrich our children’s learning experiences. Here are some of the things these funds are used for:

  • Supporting Art, Sports and Drama programs that go beyond the ordinary.
  • Special events, including Language & Culture Day, Fall Picnic, and Graduation.
  • Supplies, field trips and books for each classroom (your child’s teacher can tell you how the funds were spent in his or her classroom).

Each year, we request that families donate to our PFOE fund. Every voluntary donation goes directly to the Open Classroom, where it is dispersed on a per-pupil basis to classrooms. Some families give their donations all at once, and others give a little every month. The PFOE fund is separate from our administrative budget and it is used to fund field trips, pay for classroom supplies and sports experiences. The administrative budget covers building costs, faculty pay, office costs, etc. In each classroom the teacher decides how they would like to use the PFOE funds to supplement the whole child learning experiences for the class.

This year your PFOE funds are going toward taking kids to museums and nature centers, taking kids to the recreation center, buying markers, tissues, paints, clay, bringing in artists and authors to visit classes, support our new families mentor network, family skating, keeping our Art Closet well stocked and lots more.

This is the current breakdown of what is spent on each child each year:

  • $35.00 — Sports
  • $20.00 — School Supplies
  • $25.00 — Field Trips
  • $30.00 — Art

This totals $110 for each child each year from the PFOE fund.

Donating by check: Make checks payable to the Open Classroom and write SLEF (Salt Lake Education Foundation) on the memo line. Deliver your check in person to the main office, or mail to Salt Lake City Open Classroom, 134 North D Street, Salt Lake City, UT  84103

PFOE Check
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