In that same period of time, the foundation has received more than five times the amount of money it has raised through non-cash gifts and in-kind donations. And, when we add in the value of volunteerism the total soars higher and higher. All these non-cash and in-kind donations have tremendous value and can be leveraged into even more valuable partnerships and services to enhance and enrich education. That means helping students.
This past week such a donation was received. For the third year in a row Stampin ‘Up, one of the world’s premier crafting companies gave TEF creative materials valued at more than $250,000. The TTC offered a driver and semi-trailer truck, Peterson Industrial Depot has provided a small warehouse, the FFA from all three high schools volunteer the muscle to unload the truck and before long - TEF’s Treasure House was once again filled with creativity generating materials for teachers and students. We also use these materials to prepare gift baskets and other “kits of kindness” that we provide to individuals deserving of recognition throughout the Tooele County School District and community.
When it’s all added up, the materials, labor, services, facilities, in-kind help, etc. its value is a large number. No money, just goodness for teachers and students. So you see, the success of an educational foundation is not measured by money. It’s measured by the good it does, the number of lives it changes and the educational opportunity it creates.
TEF would like to thank hundreds of businesses, families, individuals, teachers and students for their kindness and generosity. We are ringing our TEF Education and Christmas bell for you! It is impossible to name each individual but it is our hope that you are blessed with a feeling of joy and happiness that comes from doing good in many ways. Your donations have made it possible for TEF to carry out its motto – Our Cause is Kids.
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