Prairie Fund History

The Prairie Fund was created as a temporary solution to tax funding shortfalls in Spring of 2002. The school nurse and reading specialist were cut to ½ time positions due to headcount under KS Board of Education standards. Concerned Prairie parents came together to raise over $60,000 in 3 weeks to fund the remaining ½ of these positions for the 2002-3 school year. Late during that same school year, the Prairie Excellence in Education Fund “Prairie Fund” was created with the intention it would be a temporary measure. While the positions have changed, the need for supplemental funding remains today. 

Purpose of the Prairie Fund 

Based on the history, our purpose is to provide resources, beyond tax funding, to stimulate excellence at the School by supporting delivery of special programs and services to enhance the learning environment for the children attending the School, increasing the effectiveness of instruction at the School, and strengthening ties between the School and the community. Currently, the Prairie Fund supports three half time positions: a counselor, reading specialist and a math specialist.

What is the purpose of the Prairie Fund?

To provide resources, beyond tax funding, to stimulate excellence at Prairie by supporting delivery of special programs and services to enhance the learning environment for the children attending the school, increasing the effectiveness of instruction at the school, and strengthening ties between the school and the community.

Who oversees the Prairie Fund?

The Prairie Fund is not a separate non-profit entity. We manage our funds with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF) to obtain tax deductions for our donors. The GKCCF provides oversight and direction and approves all funding requests. 

How does the Prairie Fund work with the PTA?

The PTA and Prairie Fund work closely throughout the year on the needs of the school. We coordinate fund management and overall parental concerns together.

How do I donate to the Prairie Fund?

Cash donations can be sent directly to the school or made online. Donations should be made to SMEF/Prairie Fund or GKCCF/Prairie Fund for tax deduction purposes. Online donations can be made here.

How do I contact the Prairie Fund?

You may email us at prairiefundsmsd@gmail.com or contact a board member