What is Fund-A-Need?

In the months leading up to the annual auction, PTO collaborates with school administration and teachers to determine, “What do you dream of for our students, where additional funding could make that dream a reality?”

Through the support of our school community, that dream becomes our students’ reality! Each year at the annual auction, auction attendees raise their paddles in support of Fund A Need. School community members who don’t attend the auction are also invited to join in and financially support the Fund-A-Need.

Fund A Need appeals of the past have included: Social Emotional Learning (2019 and 2020), Student Wellness (2018), iPads, Chromebooks, Instructional Assistants, and Classroom Projection Systems.

Fund-A-Need 2020 – Continuing Social Emotional Learning Initiative

At the 2020 Auction, nearly $50,000 was raised to continue our path in social emotional learning programs for children and families! We started the momentum and now, it’s time to build on what we started. We will bring a comprehensive social-emotional learning strategy that is catered to and works with each student, in every grade, with every teacher, and in every classroom.  The goal is to create an environment where all children feel safe, valued, happy with themselves and are ready to learn. To accomplish this, a program will be developed including in-school programs for students and staff and parent education.

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social Emotional instruction teaches our children how to manage their feelings, how to respect themselves and others, and how to develop problem solving skills in order to make educated decisions when it comes to conflict resolution. These aren’t just great life skills, social-emotional learning is proven to increase grades and test scores.1 Higher social emotional competency increases high school graduation rates, postsecondary completion, employment rates, and average wages.2

What will Social Emotional Learning look like at Roy Cloud?

Our social emotional learning program will be implemented through partnerships with outside vendors and programs and through teacher and parent training. The program will be developed based on:

  • Todd Armstrong a SEL expert (with EQ’s Vehicle) will create a comprehensive SEL integration strategy (phase 1), sourcing input from the Cloud community, including teachers, students, parents and administration. They will study the existing SEL curriculum and consult with folks at Cloud to arrive at/develop a high-level of scope and sequence included in the integration strategy.
  • Analysis and research by a committee including Roy Cloud interested parents, teachers and administrators
  • For questions or for more information, please email coordinators Veronica Spencer-Palmer
Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor & Schellinger. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1): 405-432.
Kautz, Heckman, Diris, Bas ter Weel, & Borghans. (2014). Fostering and measuring skills: Improving cognitive and non-cognitive skills to promote lifetime success. Paris, France: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Past Fund-A-Need Campaigns

Fund-A-Need 2018