Starting this morning, Granite School District will host the inaugural Great Basin Public Education Foundation Summit. Attendees and Vendors will be at the Embassy Suites off of thirty five hundred South and Market Street (about 2700 West). Keynote speakers, presentations from vendors and inquiries into the latest developments in public education fundraising will be the core components of this week's events.
Education remains a hot topis and a hefty global need. With taxes providing the brunt of the cost for schools and a lagging economy, educators continue to look for new ways to raise money for schools. This week, one Utah company will be in attendance as a vendor, presenting a sustainable fundraising program that doesn't ask parents to buy anything they didn't already plan to. Owner and Founder Jennifer Mason will be showing foundation directors, attendees and educators how they can make extra money while generating income for their schools using what Mason has dubbed the ˜iJar.'
"It's like that jar in your house that collects little bits of money at a time, says Mason, it's not a lot, but one day you have enough to buy something or do something extra . Maybe it bails you out on a rainy day- that's what is in it for teachers and student families, but imagine five hundred thousand of those jars in the hands of students and imagine there the matching jar in their schools coffers.
Estimates for Utah's schools are about five hundred thirty two thousand students and staff. The iJar aims to put an online purchasing option in front of every one of them for this next school year. With back-to-school supplies kicking off the program, education foundations will be able to generate significant sums of income that will be sustained through the year with additional purchases, social media promotion and more. Though the mock page at the iJar dot biz site is humble, the software and systems required to run the program are robust. With years in the making, iJar is looking to today and tomorrow's event to speed up the implementation process for the Western US by meeting the foundations at the Summit.
Setup for vendors begins at seven AM with events, speeches and prizes to be awarded throughout the day. Individuals wishing to attend should contact the Granite Education Foundation or call the Embassy Suites in West Valley for location information.