Healthy Goals! For SMR Shoreline Montessori
Organized by: Jenny Piper
The Basics: We are raising money to support SMR Shoreline Montessori. The federal government is demanding that this wonderful daycare and pre-school send back more than $2,500 in tuition paid for a foster child's attendance over the past year.
The Fundraiser: Instead of selling Krispy Kremes or chocolate bars, we are asking for pledges based on the participants' healthy goals. From weight loss to exercise, healthy eating to quitting smoking, you can pledge on a participant's progress or donate a flat fee. This fundraiser runs May 1-September 5, 2016.
The Back Story: The federal and state governments pay for daycare so foster parents can work. The problem is, the foster mom of SMR student "Baby J" works part-time. Why is that a problem? Most small daycare centers refuse part-time students because they can't find another part-time student to make up the extra tuition needed to operate the center. Rent, utility bills, and wages are the same every month, and the loss of even one day of one student's tuition per week can really affect the operating budget.
SMR's owner negotiated a full-time rate with the state when Baby J started there, so was able to accept him as a student. But now the federal government is demanding repayment of 20% of the tuition paid for Baby J since March of 2015. Baby J is thriving at SMR Shoreline Montessori, and his family really don't want to uproot him. The family also wants to support the school by helping re-coup some of the funds that the government is re-claiming.