Covid-19 has put Escuelita del Alma on unsure financial footing. Our beloved little school, where our children are cared for as if they are the teachers' own, needs our help.
The parents of current Escuelita students have created this #vivaescuelita fundraising campaign to provide financial support for the school to use as instability continues. Without our help, the school will likely have to close permanently.
Originally founded in 2000 to provide childcare for employees of Las Manitas, the legendary Congress Avenue cafe, Escuelita is a shining example of what makes Austin a unique and special place. Many of the teachers have been at Escuelita for decades, and some of them are even related to each other -- making this Beloved Little School feel even more like a family.
On average, Escuelita has 190 students in attendance daily. Since the return to school in June, this number decreased to around 80. The school was forced to lay off half its staff and has been staying afloat through PPP loans and tuition prepayments.
The goal of this fundraising campaign is to raise $75,000 (recently updated from $50,000) to keep the school running through the uncertainty of the next year. These funds may be used to help cover part of an outstanding loan that the school took out to finance a previous move, to pay rent and bills, teacher salaries, etc. The Escuelita staff and a team of parents are exploring grant funding opportunities as well.
We hope you will join us in helping Escuelita stay afloat during this difficult time so that we can ensure it continues to nurture and inspire Austin children for years to come.
Please donate and share this campaign with your friends and family. #VivaEscuelita #SmallBusinessRelief
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