We recently announced for the upcoming school year in 2016-17, we are eliminating middle and high school pay-to-play athletics. We will no longer charge $80 for the first high school sport, $40 for the first middle school sport, or for additional sports. There will be no athletic participation fees, starting this fall 2016. (If you have already paid your fall 2016 athletics fees, a refund will be issued to you.)
Why is Project Free Education important?
The data and research is clear that many of our students cannot access the robust activities and athletics opportunities that our schools and community offer here in Bellingham. Too many kids are not able to participate, even with the reduced fees we offered, due to a variety of reasons. Lack of engagement in school, including athletics, can contribute to students dropping out and struggling later in life. Our goal is to ensure that all students have opportunities to engage, learn and find their passion areas, and that their family’s income is not a barrier. As a basketball coach who provides a low-cost program to elementary students recently stated, “We don’t want the have-nots to say they can’t play because they have not.”
Share with me what your thoughts are about Project Free Education.