RANCHO SANTA FE — At the monthly school board meeting Feb. 4, the board of trustees took time out to honor 18 seventh- and eighth-graders who had artwork auctioned off to help support the Hearts for Healing Project.
For the second year, students at R. Roger Rowe School worked with teacher Janis Reeser and local artist Gerrit Greve creating paintings on canvas with acrylics that depicted expressions of the heart. The artwork was displayed again this year at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. In addition, this year the artwork is also displayed at the Flower Hill Mall.
The auctioned artwork helps raise funds for the Family Health Centers of San Diego. “The art on the walls helps patients, family and staff,” Greve said. “The impact is phenomenal.”
The students honored were Olivia Berger, Shea Botkiss, Lilly Budano, Alexandra Carter, Michel DeLaRosa, Will Edwards, Jackson Fiser, Chris Gibson, Ashley Goetz, Jordyn Klein, Chanel Leavitt, Scott Melbourne, Katie Michel, Eunice Montes, Sabrina Sahney, Liza Schoelen, Alexi Stein and Renzo Vajda.
At the meeting, the board received several updates, including one from the Performing Arts Center Fundraising Committee, the RSF Education Foundation, a Rowe facilities update and a school year update from Principals Kim Pinkerton and Suzanne Roy.
Rancho Santa Fe Foundation co-chairs Carey Cimino and Todd McKinney reported that $863,000 had been raised ($692,000 in cash and $171,000 in pledges). “This is a strong performance in the face of this economy,” McKinney said. “And we’re pleased to say that we have 21 in the Scholar Circle. That’s up eight over last year.” The Scholar Circle includes those individuals or families that pledge at least $30,000 over five years.
Performing Arts Center fundraising co-chairs Bibbi Conner and Carol Warren reported that additional funds are still required to meet their goal of $2 million. They plan to place ads in local media to remind the community that money is still needed. “The Youth Symphony of San Diego is very interested in working with us and want to have their opening performance here,” Conner said.
Another fundraiser is scheduled for next month titled “Hard Hats for Top Hats.”
“We keep pushing,” said Warren, who is determined to meet the financial goal required to complete the Performing Arts Center.
Tim Ireland, project manager for the R. Roger Rowe School Renovation, prepared a budget summary for the board of trustees. The school is being built on a tight budget and there are budget concerns at every turn. “Things are going well despite these challenges,” Ireland said.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for March 4.