The Forster Ranch Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation focused on raising funds for Truman Benedict Elementary and Bernice Ayer Middle Schools. With our non-profit status, the by-laws for the foundation allow for greater flexibility and future planning. As with PTA, the Foundation is made up of parent volunteers who are passionate about enhancing our children’s education. The Foundation works together with the PTA and the Principals of each school to asses major shortfalls in the school’s budget and the needs of the facilities and the students. It helps provide programs and items that would otherwise go unfunded. It helps to provide for the best possible education for our children. The Foundation is a special and unique way to raise funds for our school. The Forster Ranch Education Foundation has a five person board that votes. A formal grant process is in place to identify the program or items needed. Teachers submit grants to the board with supporting information. The grant is voted on and requires a majority vote to pass. Once the grant is voted on, the item is funded or denied.

Our Mission

The Forster Ranch Education Foundation was created by parents of students at Truman Benedict and Bernice Ayer Middle School. It is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization which is dedicated to providing financial support for educational excellence and enrichment programs for our K-8 students. We are here to set new standards of advancement in education and to expand the education opportunities available to students of Truman Benedict and Bernice Ayer Middle School.

Our Goals

  • Positively impact the students of Truman Benedict Elementary and Bernice Ayer Middle School by providing educational enrichment programs in the classroom that would otherwise be unavailable with-out the support of Forster Ranch Education Foundation.
  • Ensure that our K-8 students receive the best education possible, providing a path for future success.

By Laws

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FREF Determination Letter

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2015 -2016 Goals

FREF, The Forster Ranch Education Foundation, is committed to enhancing the curriculum for every student at Truman Benedict and Bernice Ayer.  The public funding our schools receive is just not sufficient to maintain the level of enrichment activities and modern technology that our children need and deserve.  As such, we need donations from generous parents and individuals in order to ensure the strength of our program.  In the past five years, FREF has raised over $140,000 through various fundraising events, such as raffles, live and silent auctions, and pledge drives.  Our goal this year is to raise $40,000!

FREF funds educational excellence.  It provides teachers with essential classroom supplies and professional development.  It also gives our students the opportunity to attend educational functions, such as National Spelling Bees and Science Camp.  FREF has provided cutting edge technology to both schools, including lab computers, Dell Notebooks, laptops, and computer desks.  Two years ago, we funded Smartboards for Truman Benedict and media equipment for Bernice Ayer. This past year we were able to give $10,800 to Bernice Ayer for a Chromebook cart.   Without FREF, our schools would have gone without these enrichment activities and technology.  Continued support from FREF will help to ensure that our children receive the best education and enrichment tools available to prepare them for the future.

This year’s big fundraising event, CASINO ROYALE, will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Talega Golf Club in San Clemente from 6-10pm.  

We are reaching out to request donations for our Live Auction, Raffles, as well as individual Event Sponsors,  There are several ways to become an Event Sponsor,  Please see our donation/ sponsor options on the Event Page.  

“We can’t always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” –  Franklin D. Roosevelt