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April Phonathon brings in $156,100


Coming to a close Tuesday night, the hallmark fundraiser of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation has brought in about 10 percent of its campaign total so far.

The Phonathon raised $156,100 in four nights, the fruits of 215 hours of volunteering. With 86 callers, about 20 people per night, the event collected: $38,700 on Tuesday, $44,000 on April 22, $26,700 on April 23 and $46,700 April 24.

The latest campaign count was $1.53 million, said Sara Patinkin, executive director of the foundation. The goal is $2 million, and the group has until June 30 to polish off this year’s campaign, although the lion’s share of the donations come in and the majority of the fundraisers take place earlier in the year.

Last year’s Phonathon brought in $300,000. The foundation raised $1.7 million during last fiscal year’s campaign, funding 20 teachers’ salaries. The dollars support all schools in the district: math and reading specialists at elementary schools and teachers in electives and the core subjects such as math and English at the junior high and high schools. If the foundation reaches its goal of $2 million this year, it could fund four more teachers.