OAK CREEK, CO, MAY 1, 2021 – Long-time South Routt locals Russell and Clay Garrity aim to motivate commitment to education in South Routt County with their recent pledge of up to $25,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds to support the South Routt Education Endowment (SREE) Fund.  With their contribution, the Garrity family seeks to bring the community together to invest in the future of education in South Routt.

The SREE Fund was established in 2011 to support pre-K through 12th grade education in the South Routt School District.  Russ has been a guiding member of the SREE Fund since its inception. The goal of the fund is to raise $1 million dollars and create a permanent, discretionary source of funding for the South Routt School District. Once the goal is met, a committee of South Routt educators, students and community members will disburse funds annually. Funds may eventually go toward expenditures such as building and playground upgrades and buses, scoreboards, athletic facilities, arts and music studio spaces, science labs, and shop equipment.

The $25K matching challenge was spurred by the Garrity family’s appreciation of South Routt schools which developed as their daughters Amber and Kellen grew and thrived in the tiny, rural district. From assisting with elementary school music and art programs and chaperoning field trips to supporting their kids’ academic work and cheering on Soroco Rams from the stands, the Garritys have long been dedicated supporters of education in South Routt County. For many years, Clay was the go-to substitute, not just for teachers, but also for cafeteria, office, and janitorial staff. Having started in Kindergarten and graduated from Soroco High School, Amber and Kellen Garrity have since graduated from college, Colorado Mesa University and Colorado State University, respectively.

By offering the matching challenge and growing the SREE, the Garrity family hopes to spread their enthusiasm for and dedication to South Routt and inspire others to help keep South Routt schools exemplary.  They hope that recent South Routt graduates and alumni, businesses, community stalwarts, and folks moving into the area will all be part of sustaining community strength and spirit by committing to young people and education.  In contrast to neighboring school districts, South Routt is large in area, but small in population. School district funding in Colorado depends largely on local property taxes, and that puts less populated districts at an obvious economic disadvantage. The SREE Fund is looking beyond mil levies and property taxes to create a permanent resource for the betterment of education for students in South Routt County. “We need another funding source to ensure quality educations for our kids,” Russ and Clay agree. Russ and Clay are deeply committed to South Routt and believe South Routt schools are the lifeblood and strength of the community. “Kids are our future,” Russ states. “We’d really like the match to be a catalyst for people to jump on board and join this worthy cause.”

The community is invited to learn more and join the matching challenge by making a donation at https://yvcf.org/sorocoedfund/