DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation is gearing up for its third annual 365 Club donor breakfast.
The breakfast will be held at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 24 at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane.
"We have over 140 people signed up, but there's room for more," Executive Director Bob Richard said, adding the breakfast is free and open to the community.
However, reservations are required. They can be made by calling 444-1044 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is noon Jan. 18.
"Our donors are making a difference in our students' lives, and they're doing that every day," Richard said, adding the breakfast is an opportunity to thank them for their investment in students "and show current and potential donors firsthand how the funds we receive are being used and how we deliver our programs, whether it's through the classroom grant program, foundation initiatives or school-wide programs."
Established in 1989, the foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation governed by a board of private citizens and operated independently of the school district. It seeks private donations to support new and innovative educational programs throughout the district "above and beyond the classroom curriculum" supported by tax dollars, according to foundation coordinator Mary Shutt.
In 2010, the foundation launched the 365 Club, in which members agree to donate $1 for each day of the year. People can join at any time.
"When we started this, we didn't really know what to expect. We knew that the Danville and Vermilion County com- munity is a very giving community. But we certainly didn't anticipate the level of success that we've had," Richard said, adding membership is growing.
During the 2011-12 school year, the foundation awarded grants totaling $42,153. They were used to buy Junior Great Books, state-of-the-art equipment at district schools and climbing walls at four schools; help sponsor an Iron Chef program at Northeast Elementary Magnet School, Danville High School's Science Road Show at Liberty Elementary School and the "Don't be a Bully, Be a Star" anti-bullying play at North Ridge Middle School; and help fund a field trip for the high school's Hispanic Leadership Council, among other things.
Richard said guests will have a chance try out some of the technology that students are using in the classroom at the breakfast.