our most important fundraiser of the year!

Why is it so important? The district provides a base level of funding to meet common core standards. The SMART fund allows our school to fund additional programs and support teachers to expand your child's education beyond the basic curriculum.


The more SMART fund donations, the more we can continue providing quality programs for ALL children at Highlands.


100% of your donations to the Highlands SMART Fund stay at our school to support our programs. 

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SMART fund programs*

Teacher Support 

Computer lab teacher, english language aide, teacher grant programs



Student & Classroom Programs

Classroom gardens, hands-on science education, supplemental music programs, Art-in-Action, classroom school supplies, library materials 



Computers & Technology

Computers, computer lab equipment, audio/visual equipment, education & assessment software such as: IXL, BrainPop, and Accelerated Reader



Community & School Activities

Assemblies, lunchtime enrichment programs, community nights, student clubs, parent education programs, student t-shirts


And much, much more!


* Note: programs vary each year depending on budget and school needs


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let's Elevate our school together!

Many of you contribute already by volunteering, buying gift wrap and helping in the classrooms. In order to reach our goal, we are striving for 100% participation in SMART fund donations, so even a small donation makes a difference. 


If your family has not yet donated, please join the families who have contributed. Together, with everyone's help, we can continue to support important Highlands Elementary programs. 


About your donation

  • Installment plans are available
  • Matching gifts can double your contribution
  • Grandparents and friends can donate too!
  • All gifts are tax-deductible
Any questions please email Missy Palala at: m121212@comcast.net 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the HIGHLANDS SMART FUND and the San Mateo-Foster City Ed Foundation?

100% of the donations to the Highlands SMART Fund stay at our school to support our programs. The San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation (SMFCEF) is a non-profit organization that raises dollars to support District-wide programs at all schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.


What is the SMART fund tax ID number?

Our EIN Federal Tax identification number is: 94-6172358


What is the SMART fund goal for the 2020/2021 school year?

The SMART fund goal this year is: $180,000


What is the suggested amount for families to donate?

To reach our goal, we are asking each family to donate $800 per child or $1,600 per family. If your family can donate the suggested amount, it will make a huge impact towards achieving our goal. However, any amount your family can afford is considered generous and greatly appreciated.


How is the Highlands SMART fund budget allocated? 

The Highlands SMART Fund supports all PTA-sponsored enrichment programs at Highlands for the school year. These programs are directly supported and paid for through YOUR donations.*



*Data from 2020-21 Highlands PTA Budget 


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