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12/21/21 FRAUC Meeting & Grant Application

FRAUC met on zoom on Thursday, 12-16-21, with a few udates as well as some good discussion about future directions for FRAUC funding, and a smooth process for applying for grants from FRAUC.

Financials. Our Treasurer, Sean Peirce, reported that we have $31,073 in our account. Lilli Smith reported that we have about $100 in her venmo account to cover any gaps in the second of two Staff Comfort Food/Appreciation events, to be held this Wednesday 12/22/21. 

Co-Chair Deirdre Logan has drafted an end-of-year  fundraising appeal that Julia Ho will send out to all RAUC families next week. We noted that past Washington, DC trips (the last one in Spring 2019) have required $25K in the account and that might increase in the future.

Grants for Teachers, Clubs, Projects, Trips. One function of FRAUC is to fund curriculum enrichment that might not be funded through the annual school budget. We recognized we need to be as nimble as possible when funds are requested because they are sometimes time-sensitive. We reviewed and approved a new form here to streamline the process for RAUC staff requesting a grant. We invite RAUC staff to go ahead and apply.

Bookbinding request for funding. Sixth grade Social Studies teacher Gisel Saillant’s students have been creating books about social justice. She would like funds to be able to afford binding the books and estimates the cost will be about $240. We approved the funds from FRAUC with hopes she could also test out the form. Julia Ho will convey the link to her to get the process going. 

Ideas for future FRAUC-supported activities. We had a rich discussion about possible programs to support in the future. One RAUC parent will be offering calligraphy as a club starting after the break. Perhaps students might donate their work for a RAUC community auction, or bidding could start after an exhibition of student work. We also discussed exhibiting at the O’Neill library, partnering with the Museum of Science (one parent works there), or showcasing news from the literacy block. Fundraising could be combined with exhibitions or and funds donated for prizes for competitions of student work. The school does not have club funding in their budget so FRAUC could do more in the future. 

Succession. We discussed the need for a secretary position, with meeting notes and web updates built into the role. Lilli Smith volunteered and was gladly accepted into the secretary position. Welcome, Lilli!

Sean Peirce has agreed to stay on as Treasurer next year, as his second child enters RAUC.

FRAUC will need a new co-chair in February, when Deirdre Logan steps down after 5 years (!). Another co-chair is needed for June when Tracy Walton moves on. We discussed a possible meeting with Friends of Peabody and Friends of Baldwin to ask about volunteers there. 

Next meeting is Wednesday January 19th, 8 am on zoom. 

Julia Ho will send the meeting link out to the RAUC community the day before.

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