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CRA Annual Giving

Annual Giving Program for 2020/2021

This school year marks a special milestone for Community Roots Academy, as we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary! Without the ongoing support of our community, our dynamic project-based learning (PBL) curriculum wouldn’t have grown deeper and deeper. Additionally, we have added amazing programs and initiatives like the Discover Garden, Green Champs, Digital and Culinary Arts and so many more. Heading into this landmark anniversary, we are grateful to know that the CRA community is stronger than ever and believe the last 10 years are proof that we work best when we work together.

As we embark on this unconventional school year, the health and safety of our students remains our highest priority. We have taken necessary measures to ensure our students can continue receiving the quality of education they deserve during this pressing pandemic. These unexpected preparations combined with our annual expenses have created a funding gap in our budget that we need your help to overcome. Here is where your help is needed most:


Annual Expenses – $180,000

As a public charter school, we are responsible for expenses which traditional public schools aren’t, such as our campus lease and janitorial services. Many of you may notice this number is lower than previous years. We are happy to report that we were able to work with the district to receive a reduction in our campus lease cost. This reduction is reflected in our overall fundraising goal for the year. 


COVID Enhancements – $150,000

  • Elevated Distance Education
    Our team has spent hours creating the best possible classroom environment for our students to learn remotely. We will be using Zoom and Google for Education platforms to increase opportunities for our students to connect with their peers in the virtual classroom. Additionally, we have purchased Google Chromebooks which are available to any student who needs one to participate for the new year.
  • Returning to Campus Safely Utilizing Cutting Edge Tools

Under guidance from our state and local officials, we must be ready to open within a few weeks of the all clear. In order to do this with care, CRA has implemented the following safety enhancements:

  • Open Air Education Spaces

Over the last several months, we have been transforming outdoor areas of our campus, including the Discover Garden, to create open air education spaces. These interactive areas are fitted with coverings to reduce the number of students in enclosed spaces and encourage our scholars to enjoy the outdoors. 

  • Enhanced Entry Protocol

To increase the security of our students and staff, we have installed new fencing around our campus and made changes to our entry protocol. 

CRA will be providing thermometers to each family so that each student’s temperature is taken before stepping onto campus.  

  • Handwashing Stations

We have purchased 5 portable hand washing stations to be utilized throughout our campus. 

  • Hand Sanitizers

We will be providing hand sanitizers for each classroom. 

  • Janitorial Services

To accommodate significant enhancements to our janitorial routine, we will be increasing our maintenance staff. These changes will ensure spaces are continuously attended to throughout the day. 

  • Ongoing Preparedness 

As we have seen, the pandemic is an evolving situation which requires a considerable level of flexibility on our end. These enhancements, both virtual and in-person, are investments to ensure that our school is prepared for any changes which may arise. 

To reach our goal for 2020, we are suggesting a voluntary and tax deductible donation of $593 for the year from each of our families. Whether you are able to donate more or less than our suggested amount, participation from all of our families is incredibly important to reach our goal of $330,000 this year. The power of your support will not only set the mark for giving during our 10 year anniversary, it will ensure our community has a resource for education and the betterment of our children for many years to come.

We offer a variety of giving options, including equal payments throughout the school year. Click below to choose your preferred support option:

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Community Roots Academy’s annual jog-a-thon is here and we need YOUR help to hit our fundraising goal of $60k!

  • The Run for the Arts will take place on October 31, 2019 and every scholar that attends CRA is included in the day’s events!
  • When you become an official Run for the Arts Sponsor, you not only directly support the arts at CRA, but you also join our community of corporate partners!
  • We invite you to review the sponsorship levels and hope that you decide to support the arts at CRA!