Schools Rule in Marin



Every child in Marin should have access to quality education and innovative programs. In the world of increasing educational needs, that seems like a far-fetched dream.



But, SchoolsRule-Marin is working hard to make that dream a reality in Marin.



The SchoolsRule-Marin held their third annual Enchanted Circus fundraising gala at the Marin County Fairgrounds on June 30, the eve of the Fair’s Opening Day, where 500 people gathered to support Marin’s public school students.



The event began with a cocktail reception in the Fine Arts Exhibit where guests had the opportunity to purchase art before the exhibit opened to the general public.



“Many of these artists are alumni of Marin County Public Schools,” said Trisha Garlock, Board President for SchoolsRule-Marin.



SchoolsRule-Marin is a coalition of all Marin public school foundations working in partnership with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) to benefit every student in the county’s public schools, regardless of their economic status.



“Every child has great potential that must be nurtured and supported in our schools and our community,” said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools.



SchoolsRule-Marin seeks to engage the community in dialogue around important issues in education, to encourage volunteerism in the schools, and working together as one to raise funds for all students in Marin public schools.


“SchoolsRule has built itself on a venerable American principle: ‘All for one, one for all.’ Not only is this a laudable philosophy, it’s a brilliant strategy,” said Tom Peters, President and CEO of Marin Community Foundation, founding partner of SchoolsRule.



While each district’s foundation raises money independently, SchoolsRule provides an avenue for donors to financially support schools countywide without having to specify amounts to different districts. With the donations of their generous business and individual donors in the community, SchoolsRule-Marin has distributed more than $1 million since 2012, on a per-student basis, to the school foundations and districts in Marin County.



This October, the fourth annual distribution of SchoolsRule-Marin funds will take place at MCOE.



“All 35,344 children in Marin Public Schools will benefit, whether by creating a painting in art class, participating in a literacy class supporting English learners, playing basketball in PE class, or utilizing the latest technology to give the precious gift of communication to a child with special needs,” said Burke.



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This article was adapted from the Marin Center Magazine “On With The Show” Marin County Fair 2015 program.



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