BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
LAYTON — It was a night not only to celebrate education, but to help fund it.
A Broadway-style evening drew 780 people from the community to the annual Davis Education Foundation Gala on Friday.
“Our whole purpose is to allow the community to invest in our schools,” said Jodi Lunt, foundation director. “We have an incredible community and great schools and this is a worthwhile investment.”
Tickets were $150 per seat and silent and live-auction items helped raise additional funds that will be used to fill the organization’s mission of enhancing innovative educational programs.
The foundation offers Cash for Classroom Grants for teachers of up to $500 for items not always covered by public funds such as fieldtrips, extra supplies and materials.
Schools and departments can apply for Innovative School Grants of up to $5,000, which must be matched by another group such as a PTA organization. Those funds have been used for projects such as a computer lab, a 3D printer for engineering, iPads or math manipulatives, according to Lunt.
Like last year’s event, students from the district were involved in greeting, serving and performing.
“We are showcasing our students,” said Lunt. “This is an opportunity to show the great talent programing we have in the district.”
Students from the Woods Class floriculture class created centerpieces to decorate the tables.
“They’re spectacular,” said Lunt of the arrangements. “We bought from our own students. It invests in the programs we believe in.”
She called the evening’s entertainment “first class,” and credited the generostiy of a supportive community with helping the foundation exceed its fundraising goal.
Early estimates indicate this year’s event will bring in more than $135,000, of which 100 percent will go back into classrooms, said Lunt.