Dear Murch Community:
Last summer, we had a lot of anxiety and hope around what this school year would look like and what it would feel like for teachers, staff, parents, caregivers and students.
Because of your support, Murch’s HSA was able to rise to every need and challenge the community faced in navigating this year together. It is because of the support of parents and caregivers like you that the HSA had the funding available and volunteer support to help Murch meet so many unexpected and unprecedented needs through the end of this school year.
The HSA has always existed to support the school, enhance the education of our students, and create a strong community for the families, kids, and staff at Murch. And this past academic year, it mattered more than ever before. Here is what our HSA accomplished:
Provided nearly $10,000 in two rounds of grants to teachers to support in-class and virtual learning and also provided a beginning and mid-year stipend to teachers and staff for any supply costs.
Supported a tutoring program which helped students with greatest academic need virtually and in-person through weekly sessions this past academic year.
Provided nearly $4,000 in direct assistance to students and families to meet urgent needs which were administered by the Murch mental health team.
Funded the diversity, equity and inclusion program designed by the LSAT to empower teachers through professional development alongside affinity groups of parents and caregivers to advance a culture of learning and awareness.
Hosted Teacher Appreciation Week to recognize Murch’s 75 teachers as well as support + recognition of school custodial staff.
Supported monthly socio-emotional support webinars for parents and caregivers led by experts on Murch staff.
Put on an all virtual online auction which included over 200 donations from area businesses secured by volunteers resulting in nearly $65,000 raised.
Most of all, we can be proud of how we modeled for our students the resilience, persistence and inclusion we want them to learn and apply throughout their lives.
Thank you for your support and all you have been doing to support students, teachers and each other.
Ashley Webb & Jen Stark