PAWS (Partners Advancing West Islip Students)
is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to
enriching the educational experience.
generates resources through community support to promote, sponsor
and enhance learning opportunities for our children.
Education Foundations in other public school
districts have used their funds for a Grand Piano, TVs, VCRs,
Desktop Publishing Programs, Science Expos, Health Incentive
Programs, Library Literary Resources, Art Easels & Lighting and
Donations to PAWS may be stipulated in a
Last Will & Testament or in any other legal bequest. Monies
have no connection or impact on the district's tax base or school
budgets. PAWS is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated
under the laws of the State of New York.
What is an Education
Foundations for public schools have been around
since the 1970s and the numbers are climbing. Many private
schools, colleges and universities use foundations, often relying on
their fund-raising prowess to generate a substantial percentage of
their institutional budgets. Although there is no central
registry of public school foundations in the United States, they are
located in every state, and best estimates put the number at over
Community volunteers who serve on this non-profit
501(c)(3) foundation will be thinking outside-the-box for ways to
assist the district with needed money, for instance, that school
districts might not otherwise receive.
In a number of districts, private funds keep
various programs alive when declining tax revenues at state and/or
local levels threaten to eliminate the least "essential" ones.