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Dear West Parents,

Last week you should have received a letter asking you to give to the One to One Now! Campaign, which is trying to put a laptop in the hands of every West High School student. The deployment of devices has already begun for the senior class and if the campaign goals can be reached, the other grades at West will also receive laptops. Several parents have asked about this giving versus the usual fundraising campaign done by the West Foundation. Also, for parents new to West -- below is some information about the West Foundation:

* The West Foundation was established almost 20 years ago to fund the many needs at West that are not covered by the KCS regular budget. In the past the Foundation has refurbished the school's mini-auditorium, sent teachers for continuing education, provided grants for classroom needs, funds a full-time technology staff person at the school and gives "Above & Beyond Awards" to the staff at the end of the year.

* One to One Now! campaign is a one time fundraising effort to provide a laptop to all the students at West High School. There are different levels of giving and commemorative bricks will form a sidewalk at the Sutherland entrance. Click HEREto see the different giving levels, then click "to donate" to see the different giving levels or to give online.

* When to Give - the One to One Now! campaign needs your donation now. If you have given in the past, the Foundation hopes you will go above and beyond to give to this campaign. With a school population of around 45% free and reduced students, the campaign goal will not be reached without the generosity of many of our parents.

* Regular Foundation Giving -- in the past the Foundation has conducted a phon-a-thon in November. This year we are pushing that back to December/January to try to first meet the goals of the One to One Now! campaign. We do need you to still give to the Foundation, but hope that this year you can give to both campaigns. The Foundation fundraising will revolve around sponsors for the fun Spring Soiree (clickHERE to see giving levels), but as always ANY gift is greatly appreciated. Besides providing laptops to students, the Foundation wants to continue its great work at West High School by supporting faculty, staff and students to make WEST THE BEST! For more information go to the West High School Foundation