What is LIFE? When and why did it start?
L.I.F.E. was started in 2009 by a group of Islanders passionate about education. Many of the founding members had children who attended Beach School or were staff members. (More to come)
How is LIFE different from the Beach School PTO?
The Beach School PTO builds a sense of community among school families to create, organize, and support educational and enriching events for Beach School students and staff. The PTO works to raise funds both on and off Island in order to promote and support Beach School's educational goals. All funds are spent on opportunities for Beach School students and staff.
LIFE's mission is to sustain and enhance education at Beach School and for children on Lummi Island through current and long-term financial support and stability. LIFE does this by funding auxiliary and complementary programs to Beach School curriculum that can be sustained over time. LIFE is an independent 501c3 organization.
Who serves on LIFE? How long do they serve? How are they nominated?
The composition of the Board of Directors reflects the diverse island community represented by Beach School. There are currently seven voting directors, all of whom are Lummi Island residents and home-owners. New Board members are nominated by members of the Board, which seeks candidates with passion for fundraising and supporting educational opportunities for Lummi Island youth.
How often does LIFE meet? What does LIFE do at its meetings?
Board members meet every other month. They discuss current business and fund-raising events, review and vote on incoming funding requests, and coordinate efforts to raise funds and communicate with the community.
How does LIFE report to the community?
LIFE reports on all Foundation news and fundraising efforts through articles in The Tome [Lummi Island's newsletter], Lummi Island Nextdoor [the island's online community message board], at various Beach School and community events, and through this web site.
How do I submit a request for funds to LIFE?
You can request funds here.