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2014 Student Education Grant Report

Dear SBEF Friends,

After much work from our 100% unpaid volunteers, on March 12, 2014 our San Bruno Education Foundation (SBEF) was honored and delighted to announce the results of our 2014 Student Education Grant program.

Throughout 2013, we wrote letters, created fliers, and spent entire days trying to develop awareness and fundraising at our “All School BBQ”, farmers markets, flea markets, open houses, school board meetings, and Barnes & Noble.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out you who supported SBEF’s mission to improve San Bruno’s free and public childhood education. We’d also like to offer a special thanks to the Crestmoor Elementary School PTO families and friends, who contributed $7000 with instructions to divide it among our 6 remaining Elementary Schools.

Back in February, we asked our 7 Principals - from Parkside, Allen, Belle Air, El Crystal, John Muir, Portola, and Rollingwood - to submit an itemized grant request to us explaining how your money will be used support instruction of their students in core curriculum, music, art, and/or technology.

Parkside was granted $3000 to replace their 1950’s basketball hoops and backboards that were rusting, bent, and barely functional. Updating those backboards and hoops will complete the restoration of their play area.

Allen was granted $2200 to support their award-winning Academic Music Program teaches music, and math problem solving through music, which is fun for all their K-5 children, and has shown impressive results with their English learners and economically disadvantaged students.

Belle Air was granted $2200 to revitalize their iPod reading program, known as Audio Book Belle Air, or aBBA. This program has provided great value to children struggling to read at their grade level, many of whom are also English learners and economically disadvantaged students.

El Crystal, San Bruno’s STEM school, was granted $2200 for early learning books, and Lego robotics kits.

John Muir was granted $2200 to augment their impressive classroom technology refresh program.

Portola was granted $2200 to replace their outdated LCD projectors with Apple TV compatible LED projectors.

In 2013, we began a new effort where SBEF offered an extra $1000 grant to the school with the greatest number of donations (of ANY amount) from friends and families (with unique addresses and emails) as a percentage of that school’s total student population. It was very close with every school only being only a few unique donors away from the prize, but the school with the most donors per student population was…

Rollingwood Elementary, who was granted $3200 to support their afterschool literacy intervention program to help children struggling to read at their grade level.

THANK YOU! It is because of your donation that we were able to support these many fine programs. We hope you are happy with the allocation of your donation, and we doubly hope you will continue to contribute to our efforts in 2014 and beyond.

Please put in a kind word about us to your friends and family because with more support we can have a greater positive influence on San Bruno’s free and public childhood education.

Mail donations to: PO Box 175, San Bruno, CA 94066
Donate on-line: SanBrunoEdFound.org
Volunteering or questions: info@SanBrunoEdFound.org

At Your Service,
The Board of your San Bruno Education Foundation (Tax ID# 20-105-1818)
Scott Curtner, President
Ray Fucini, Vice President
Megan Connery, Treasurer
Paul Linden
Dan Mitsunaga
Michele Martinez-Reese
Joan Skinner

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Scott Curtner April 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Thanks for sharing this! I hope more people can donate at least $20 this year :-)

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