Park Rapids Area Schools

Compassion, Commitment, Integrity, Responsibility

  • Education and Activities Foundation

    Helping Park Rapids School District 309 support an educational & activities program to insure a comprehensive education for our community's children.

    Mission:
    To insure the funding for strong and healthy educational, fine arts and athletic programs of the Park Rapids Area Schools, as well as providing a contribution structure for these and other school programs.

    Goals:
    1.  To establish annual fundraising effort to provide financial support for the current educational & activities programs in the Park Rapids school district.

    2. To establish a sustaining endowment fund to provide financial support for the future educational & activities programs in the Park Rapids school district.

    3. To provide a method for tax-exempt contributions, gifts, grants, trust or other fundraising efforts.

    4. To minimize door-to-door fundraising for the students, teachers, coaches, and parents of the Park Rapids school district.

     
    Please join us: download our membership form today!

PREAF Frequently Asked Questions

  • PREAF…What does it stand for? 

    PREAF is an acronym that stands for Park Rapids Education & Activities Foundation.  The Foundation was established in 2000, and throughout the last 14 years, the Foundation has allocated over $425,000 to the educational, fine arts, and athletic programs in the Park Rapids Area Schools.  Decisions are made by a Board of Directors, (a group of volunteer community leaders with a strong commitment to educational excellence).  Allocation priorities include:  art, music, and drama activities; educational and academic activities and equipment; and athletic programs.  Grant requests are considered by members of the Allocation Committee within a defined set of guidelines on a case-by-case basis.

    PREAF…Why does it exist? 

    The mission of the PREAF is to ensure the funding for strong and healthy educational, fine arts, and athletic programs of the Park Rapids Area Schools; as well as to provide a contribution structure for these and other school programs.  The goals of the PREAF are to establish an annual Park Rapids Area Schools fundraising effort, to create a sustaining Park Rapids Area School District Endowment, to allow for a tax-exempt vehicle for contributions, gifts, grants, trusts, or other fundraising efforts for the school, and to minimize door-to-door fundraising for the Park Rapids Area School District.

    PREAF…How does it benefit me?

    All allocations are directly funded by individuals, associations, and corporation membership contributions…that is why participation is extremely crucial to our students and the Park Rapids Area Schools.   In addition to your membership contribution, there are membership benefits that the PREAF provides for YOU!  The PREAF provides a variety of levels of membership that will benefit you and your family’s needs…season passes to athletic and fine arts performances, Panther clothing, advertising space in game programs…it’s all waiting for YOU!  Sustaining memberships are also available.

    PREAF…Please sign me up!

    It’s easy…Membership applications can be found on the school website www.parkrapids.k12.mn.us under the Activities/Athletics tab, at all Park Rapids school offices, and Citizens National Bank.  Memberships can be mailed directly to PREAF at PO Box 211, Park Rapids, MN or dropped off at Citizen’s National Bank.  Look for representatives at the Century School Open House for applications and additional information or contact Steph Carlson at 252-1597 or John Schumacher at 237-6550.

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