Donations boost Save Our Schools

Save Our Schools announced Monday that an anonymous donation has bumped its total funds raised so far to $62,000.

SOS, formed last month by concerned parents and community members in response to drastic school district budget cuts, has partnered with the Hood River County Education Foundation. The organization is working to raise as much money as possible by April 6, when the school district's budget committee meets to make final decisions on proposed cuts for next year.

Paul Blackburn, who is helping organize the SOS effort, said that a $50,000 anonymous donation was given to the Hood River County Education Foundation. Of that, $25,000 was to go directly to SOS; the rest will go to the long-standing foundation, which awards student scholarships and teacher grants throughout the Hood River County School District.

Along with raising money to be applied to next year's budget, SOS is planning ongoing fundraisers that it hopes will create a long-term revenue stream to help the district. Tax deductible donations can be made to SOS through the Hood River County Education Foundation.

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