“We raised $29,000 that night, and had about $5000 in donation before the event,” said Cindy Kuehnle, mother of a Stanbridge 5th grader and Fund-a-Need co-chair. “The families at Stanbridge are always so generous, and supportive of the school—it is really wonderful.”
More than 70 members of the Stanbridge community attended the event including parents, alumni, and teachers.
“The event was completely amazing,” said Junior High Teacher Jamie Sturos. “The Stanbridge parents came and supported the teachers. I can't ask for anything more!”
Jamie was one of several staff members who participated in the staff video, which spoofed the popular sitcom “The Office.” You can watch the video here.
“Shooting the video was a riot, and it brought all of us together,” said Jamie, who pretended to feed coal to an ancient computer and “jump start the internet” in the flick.
“We asked [Head of School] John O’Brien what he felt was the greatest need, and the answer came to him very quickly—new laptops for the teachers,” said Cindy. “I think everyone can understand the frustration of working on old, slow machines. It was an obvious choice.”
This year’s Fund-A-Need event was held at Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo. Although a gala had been held in previous years, SPA opted for a smaller event for a variety of reasons.
“Gathering the items for the silent auction was difficult, and very time consuming. We decided to cut the silent auction part, and focus our energy on the need for new computers. This cut the space requirements for the party enabling us to move the party from a hotel ballroom into a private room at a restaurant,” said Cindy. “When you have an event in a place that is already decorated, it helps keep the budget down. This leaves more money for the computers, and lower ticket prices for the parents—a win-win.”
Following the staff video and a parody of “What the World Needs Now” sung by Counselor James Warren, Head of High School Jay Huston stepped in as master of ceremonies and asked attendees to ‘raise their paddles’ auction-style to pledge a donation.
“We are all part of this community, and I wanted to contribute to it what I can,” said Junior High Teacher Calvin Yuen, who donated to the fund. “It is also a worthy cause to purchase computers for the teachers to help our classrooms run more smoothly.”
Head of School John O’Brien says new computers will be seen in classrooms early in the new year.
“There were many hands in the success of the evening,” said Cindy. “The night would not have been the same without the help of volunteers.”