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Fundraisers

Participate in one or more of our fundraisers to support the Melrose Education Foundation. Join in the fun of sparking innovation and excellence in Melrose Public Schools.

Foundation MYSTERY Night Out

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

Where: Homes across Melrose!

What: It’s our 5th Annual Night Out event, and this year we are changing up the format! Please join us for our first-ever MYSTERY Night Out.

How it works: We will be hosting simultaneous cocktail parties, with light bites, at homes across Melrose on Saturday, October 14th at 7:00 pm. Buy your tickets and then, about 5 days before the event, you will get your assigned party location emailed to you. Enjoy food and drink, while catching up with friends and neighbors, supporting the Foundation, and learning more about our mission and grants in schools across Melrose. This year, the mystery is part of the fun!

Other info:
We love kids, but this is an adults-only event, thanks!

“But I REALLY want to stay together with my friends?”
Well then you have a few options:
1) buy tickets as one group; or
2) enter a special request in the box at the bottom of this form with a friend’s name.

We will attempt to accommodate requests. But the mystery is part of the fun! (Also this is a volunteer-run organization, and we kindly ask for your patience and good humor.)
Tickets are $40 each. Thanks to our generous sponsors — like Alison Socha and Linda O, The Agent Expertise Team at RE/MAX Leading Edge — and our wonderful hosts.

100% of your ticket price is your contribution to the Melrose Education Foundation.

 

Stay Tuned for Future Events! 

Annual Year-End Appeal, December 2017

At Parent University, many of you attended sessions on social-emotional learning, restorative justice and bridging divides in our schools and communities. We got great feedback on those sessions. If you believe that more of that work needs to be done in our classrooms — at all grade levels, in an age-appropriate way — then please support our Major Initiatives Fund. Educators want to do more and are asking for additional resources and training right now. This Fund can provide immediate support, as it did last year for the implementation of the K-5 science curriculum, now in use in all five elementary schools. Read the full appeal letter HERE. And see HERE for a related article on the benefits of this work to all students. Thank you for your generosity!

In December of 2015, we launched our first ever annual appeal for the establishment of the Major Initiatives Fund. And you responded with generosity characteristic of this community, donating over $6,000. This enabled a major contribution to the Melrose Public School District to support the purchase and implementation of a new K-5 science curriculum, which is currently in use in all five elementary schools.

This year’s fund will expand important work in all schools on restorative justice, cultural competency and talking across differences. These initiatives are essential to a safe and supportive school environment for all students and to building skills for productive dialogue and civic engagement. While important work has begun, including some professional development, educators see a growing need for more resources, materials and training.

Between now and the end of the calendar year, our goal is to match or exceed the $6,000 raised last year. As you plan your year-end charitable giving, we hope that you will consider making a gift at a leadership level of $250 or $100. You can donate here.

The Pink Flamingos Are Coming! | Spring, 2018

For a small, tax-deductible donation, one of your friends or neighbors in Melrose might have flocked your yard! The flock will remain on your lawn for 24 hours and carry with it an explanation of the fundraiser. You’ll have to wait until next year to get your friend back!

  • For your tax-deductible donation, you can send a flock of flamingos to a friend or neighbor in Melrose . . . or to your own yard! The flock will land on the lawn and remain there for 24 hours.
  • You may send a half-a-flock ($25 for 6), full flock ($50 for 12 — looks great in front yard!), or jumbo flock ($100 for 24).
  • Want to flock a block? If you and your friends order four flocks in the same neighborhood, we will add a free flock and coordinate the deliveries for the same night! Be sure to check the box on the “flock the block” box on the flocking form.
  • Is it someone’s birthday? You can send a special birthday flock! Just check the box.

Got questions? Read our Flocking Facts.