The Opportunity Campaign is a three-year fundraising plan to support equitable access to sports and activities for all middle school students.
BUDGET CUTS have required the school district to use a “Pay to Play” program for middle sport activities and sports. This has been accompanied by a 50% drop in participation over the past three years. With over 50% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, many families cannot afford the participation fees of $95-$185 per sport.
Students who participate in middle school sports and activities get better grades, and are more likely to engage in high school sports and activities, and to graduate from high school on time.
The immediate goal of the Hood River County Education Foundation is $50,000 a year for three years, with emphasis on middle school sports access. We have already met our goal for school year 2016-17, thanks to a donation of $20,000 from Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, $7914 from the Hood River Lions Foundation, and donations from many generous individuals in our community.
We are now fundraising for the 2017/18 school year.