Mosier raises school funds

September 28, 2005

The first-ever Mosier Fall Music Festival on Saturday raised $2,500 to keep the community school up and running.

The concert brought the fund-raising total up to $40,600 – less than $10,000 from the optimum goal. For every $1 received in donations from parents and citizens by Oct. 1, the Mosier Alliance will donate $1 to the school’s long-term investment fund.

And that could be critical to keeping the only public charter school in the Gorge open, according to Paul Lindberg, who helps organize fund-raisers.

He said all individuals interested in helping the school out are invited to join a 5K or 10K Twin Tunnels Race on Saturday. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the west end of the historic Columbia River Scenic Highway. The cost to register is $10, or $20 with a T-shirt. Dogs on leashes are welcome and Scott McMullen can be reached for more information at

Several other fund-raiser opportunities for the school are offered this fall, including a Community Potluck on Oct. 15 at the home of Diana Cummings. For more information on this gathering, which is limited to 50 people, e-mail Laurie Stephens at

The second annual auction of artist-created bowls will take place on Nov. 12. And, for the second year, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, a 10K run, is scheduled along the historic highway. This event includes a fun run for kids with all proceeds donated to the school’s Parent Teacher Organization. More details about both of these activities will be provided at a later time.

Mosier decided to establish the charter school in 2002, when a budget shortfall led the Chenowith School District in Wasco County to vote for its closure. However, Lindberg said the community stepped forward to keep the school in operation so the 128 students did not have to be bused to The Dalles. As a charter school, Mosier receives $1,000 less per child, about $4,000, than other public schools. Lindberg said the community chips in to make up that shortfall and ensure that students have the best resources available for learning.

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