The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation (LAPSF) hosted its first “A Taste of Knowledge” fundraising event Saturday, June 20 at the Golf Course Community Building.
The grassy area with mature trees shaded guests as they mingled and tasted a variety of wines from around the world and a creative mix of microbrew beers from northern and central New Mexico. The wine and beer tastings were paired with appetizers provided by Cottonwoods on the Green restaurant.
“Everyone had a great time at “A Taste of Knowledge. It’s too bad that we have to have fund raise to support public education in our community, but the rules in New Mexico force us to take matters into our own hands locally,” LAPSF Board President Morrie Pongratz said. “I sincerely thank every donor who supports the Foundation’s efforts.”
The silent and live auctions were the hit of the night with auctioneer and volunteer parent Jill Cook helping the Foundation raise funds for a worthwhile cause. Cook provided loads of entertainment while auctioning off a week at a three bedroom condo near Disney World for Spring Break, lunch with Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, a beautiful Sec Sandoval print and more.
The auction raised $3,500 to benefit the Foundation’s Great Ideas Grants, which are available to classroom teachers twice each school year. The Great Ideas Grant program provides an opportunity for enriching academic experiences for students. Its purpose is to support teachers who have ideas for enriching the curriculum or providing students with unique learning experiences. The program enables the purchase of special materials or resources for the classroom, which are not typically available through the schools’ budget.
Event sponsors, Los Alamos National Bank and San Ildefonso Pueblo had representatives present to support the LAPSF and its efforts to fund innovative programs at each of the seven local schools.