The Mariners Elementary School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1999 for the sole purpose of raising funds to support the quality education at Mariners Elementary School. The Foundation is guided by an all-volunteer group of parents, faculty and staff and enjoys a broad base of support from the local community.
"Mariners Elementary is honored to have such a wonderful group of volunteers. The amount of devotion that our parents, faculty and staff provide our students is truly admirable."
Matt Broesamle, PRINCIPAL
What do we do?
The Foundation provides funding for personnel support, school programs & activities that would otherwise not be available to Mariners students. Current programs include:
Two Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten instructional aides
One 1st Grade instructional aide
Two 2nd Grade instructional aides
One 3rd Grade instructional aide
Three 4th through 6th Grade instructional aides
Three hourly support teachers focused on small group instruction and reading intervention
Accelerated Math and Reading program materials
Science materials for lab experiments which follow Next Generation Science Standards
Technology equipment, supplies and support
Music/Choir personnel, equipment and support
Teacher grant(s) as requested and approved
Mariners School facilities improvements
… and much more
Since inception in 1999, the Foundation has provided over $3.6 million in support to Mariners Elementary School as follows:
59% Teacher aides
16% Science teacher and programs
11% Technology equipment, programs and support
6% Music and arts programs
5% Math and reading programs
3% Facilities improvements
How do we do it?
The Foundation raises funds primarily from Mariners parents as well as the local community and welcomes donations of any kind. The four primary fund raising events each year are
Pledge Drive is an ongoing fundraising campaign where people can make cash donations to the Foundation. Each year, the Pledge Drive kicks off with the return of school in September and you are encouraged to make your donations at that time. This fundraising campaign usually generates about 40% of the annual funds raised by the Foundation.
Fall Fundraiser is a themed nighttime gala with music, dancing, entertainment, food & drink and a silent auction with hundreds of outstanding things to bid on. It is a great opportunity to spend time with other Mariners parents and to celebrate the school. This event occurs in October or November and usually generates about 40% of the annual funds raised by the Foundation.
Artwalk is not really a walk although it started out that way… Artwalk is a themed nighttime event with music, dancing, entertainment, food & drink and features art crafted by Mariners students as well as parent art. Student art is purchased by each parent and parent art is auctioned off to the highest bidder. This event occurs in the spring and usually generates about 15% of the annual funds raised by the Foundation.
4TH OF JULY
The Fourth of July Event is extremely popular and is done in conjunction with the City of Newport Beach. The day begins with a bicycle parade down Mariners Drive with firetrucks and police vehicles leading the way. The parade then arrives at Mariners Park where the day is filled with games, activities, music and food. While many believe this is solely a City event, without the Foundation’s support, this event would no longer occur.
In addition to the four fundraising events above, you can raise money for the Foundation by participating in various third-party programs. They include the Ralph’s Education Program and the Amazon Smile Program. By signing up for each program, a portion of the money you already spend at Ralph’s grocery and Amazon.com will go directly to the Foundation. Please click on the links below to find out more about each program and enroll.
Register for the Ralphs Community Contribution Program and Ralphs will contribute a percentage of your purchases back to the foundation.
STEP 1: Log in to YOUR Ralphs account.
STEP 2: Link your card to Mariners by scrolling down the Account Summary and clicking on "Community Rewards – Enroll".
STEP 3: Type in Mariners Elementary School or # 80137
and click on the circle to the left of the school name.
STEP 4: Click on ENROLL to finish your enrollment.
**IMPORTANT: You must sign-up annually, at the beginning of each school year, to ensure your proceeds are beefing MESF.
Register your AMAZON account as a supporter of MESF and for every qualified purchase you make, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Mariners.
STEP 1: Go to smile.Amazon.com, NOT Amazon.com.
STEP 2: Log into your Amazon account as usual or set up an account.
STEP 3: When given the option of choosing a charitable organization to support – search for the Mariners Elementary School Foundation and choose us! The next time you go to make a purchase through smile.amazon.com you will automatically be registered as benefitting the Mariners Foundation.
**IMPORTANT: For all future Amazon purchases, please make sure you are logged into smile.Amazon.com (NOT Amazon.com) or your purchases will NOT get credited to Mariners.