Dear Fellow Mayer Parents,
Despite the news of shrinking CPS attendance rates, Mayer’s student body continues to grow! And yet, financial uncertainty continuously looms on the horizon.
Thanks to the 50% of our community who donate each year to the Pledge Drive, Friends of Mayer (FOM) was able to commit $557,986 to help off-set CPS cuts this year. Even with this contribution, instructional staff cuts were made for the first time ever.
Committing $557,986 is a tremendous accomplishment, but it’s not enough to ensure our programs remain whole. Even more is needed to:
sustain our Montessori, IB, and Fine Arts programs for the future, and
insulate Mayer from future cuts since the amount FOM commits is often greater than our net raise.
While the future is uncertain, we can achieve these goals with your support. FOM is unabashedly grateful to those of you who contribute financially year after year, and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. This year, we invite those of you who have not made a gift in the past to contribute any amount and help us achieve our goal of 100% participation.
What would it mean if 100% of our community gives this year? What would our school look like? Imagine the opportunities we could provide our kids with everyone’s support…
As we know from this year’s cuts, none of these programs are guaranteed. We need everyone’s support to complete the puzzle and ensure Mayer’s ‘Future of Excellence’. Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $1800 per student. But whatever you’re able to give, whether $18 or $1800, every gift matters at Mayer—please make yours today at www.friendsofmayer.org/pledge!
Yours in Bulldog Pride,
Pam Lookatch and Erika Vogel – 2016-17 Pledge Drive Chairs
P.S. Wait, there’s more! What’s a pledge drive without prizes? To say thank you, with every pledge, whether $18 or $1800, you’ll receive a Mayer car decal to show your Bulldog Pride.