To honor our Breakthrough faculty and guides this holiday season, and to recognize the incredible effort they make throughout the year, we are excited to announce the return of the Breakthrough Montessori SHA Equitable Gift Project.
Rooted in our community’s work towards equity and inclusion, the Equitable Gift Project seeks to recognize each and every person who works at the school with a cash gift of equal value. Funds will be collected from Nov. 3rd through Dec. 15th, then pooled and divided equally among all faculty and staff. Monetary contributions of all sizes are valued and appreciated, and all contributions are anonymized.
You can make your gift through PayPal (@breakthroughsha), Square (which accepts Square Pay, Google Pay, and credit card payments), or with cash. To make a cash contribution, or if you have any questions, please contact your Room Parent or SHA Fundraising Chair, Mea Geizhals.
What is happening?
In lieu of disparate holiday gift-giving efforts in each classroom, the SHA will spearhead a school-wide project to collect funds for cash gifts for all Breakthrough Montessori guides and staff, to be distributed equally.
Why are we doing it this way?
In past years, holiday gift coordination has varied drastically among classrooms, with some guides receiving generous financial gifts and others receiving nothing, and staff almost always overlooked. The Equitable Gift Project approach aligns with Breakthrough’s mission and values and recognizes the fact that our children’s school experience is supported and nurtured by so many individuals beyond their main guide. Additionally, Breakthrough policy prohibits teachers from accepting individual, non-anonymized cash gifts from parents/families.
How and when can I contribute?
You can contribute now through December 15th via PayPal or Square (which accepts Square Pay, Google Pay, and credit card payments), or with a cash donation. (To make a cash contribution, please contact your Room Parent or SHA Fundraising Chair, Mea Geizhals.)
What if I want to recognize my guide individually?
If you wish to recognize your child’s specific guide(s), we encourage handmade cards, baked goods, plants/flowers, or other similar forms of non-monetary appreciation.