Mary Lin is one of six schools in APS that does not receive Title 1 funding (federal funds allocated to districts that qualify as disadvantaged). We are fortunate to be in this position, but we still need to fill the sizeable gap between the resources we need to reach every student and the budget we are allocated by the district. At non-Title 1 schools, such budget deficits must be filled by parents, relatives and/or the local business community. Historically, our peer non-Title 1 schools were more proactive than us in these efforts, but that changed in 2016 when The Mary Lin Education Foundation (MLEF) started the Rocket Fuel Fund, a traditional "check-writing" style annual fundraising campaign. Since the RFF has raised over $250,000, the majority from Mary Lin Parents, to spend on curriculum enrichment, professional developlement, enhanced technology and environmental upgrades not covered by the district budget.