On Sunday April 23, 2017 the International School of Tucson (IST) will be hosting its Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction in beautiful downtown Tucson, Arizona. The silent auction will be available online starting April 1, 2017 through noon on Sunday April 23, 2017.
IST is a 501(c)(3) private school, the only full language immersion school in Tucson. IST receives no public funding and relies solely on tuition, tax credits, donations, and the funds raised from the Annual Dinner/Auction to operate. Each year IST holds a live, and silent, auction to raise funds for different needs the school has, to private the optimal environment for children to learn. Some funds are used to update the school library and to update or replace the computers in the IT lab, or to update the children's outdoor play area with shade structures and enhance the preschool sandbox.
There are scant opportunities for children to build on their bilingual skills at an age where they are still vulnerable to losing their language gains. Consistent with its mission and given the tremendous progress in enrollment and curriculum made by the current IST administration, the Board voted to pursue setting trips for children to defend and extend their fluency into the critical early adolescent period.
Last May 2016 IST offered an organized trip to China for the kids, and the location changes each year. Some of the funds raised from the Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction may allow some children, whose families perhaps cannot afford it, to join their peers on this special trip, and learn about other cultures and other countries, through travel, and through learning. Our entire focus is on international awareness and understanding other cultures.
IST is a Cambridge program which is focused entirely on opening the world up to children. THANK YOU for buying an admission ticsket to the Annual Dinner for yourself or for donating a ticket so a teacher may attend, and THANK YOU for bidding on our online auction which starts 3 weeks prior to live event. Every penny you spend helps our children.