As we all head back to school with distance learning to start, we want to ensure that all of our students have what they need to be successful while at-home learning. Some of our families need basic school supplies such as a notebook, colored pencils, markers, scissors and glue sticks.
As part of our back-to-school campaign, the Education Foundation would like your support in raising funds to purchase backpacks filled with supplies for roughly 1,300 students, at a cost of approximately $25,000. In addition, we continue to strive toward each student having access to their own Chromebook for use at home. If we make enough of an impact, we can consider how to bring other learning opportunities to our kids.
Diane Shew, Colleen Sullivan, and Kim Crellin, on behalf of the entire San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation board, presented a check to Superintendent, Dr. Joan Rosas on July 30th.
This amount represents a year-long process of fundraising and working with our grantors and district staff to identify programs of most value to our students. In 2019-2020, we were able to provide the following to our schools:
On June 25th, the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors awarded the foundation with a $694,000 one-time grant from Measure K funds for specific technology and literacy needs in our District.
This grant benefits every student in our District and is allotted for:
Special thanks to San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, Diana Harlick, Peter Cazanis, Alicia Heneghan and Susie Batter for making this a reality!
We are excited to share the news that Gilead Sciences, Inc. has gifted the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation with a $150,000 grant to support TK-8 science education in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. The District is currently adopting and implementing new science curricula for elementary and middle school grade levels. These funds will be used to provide all students access to engaging, inspiring learning experiences and resources, including technology based learning.
This grant continues Gilead Sciences’ partnership with the foundation that began in the Fall of 2018. At that time Gilead awarded the foundation two grants totaling $77,000 for use in middle school science classrooms. The funds provided chemistry lab glassware at Abbott, Bayside, Borel, Bowditch and North Shoreview Montessori as well as Chromebooks, digital thermometers and vacuum bell jars.
Scientific discovery is at the core of Gilead’s mission. We are proud to partner with SMFCEF to bring quality STEM education to local students, contributing to their competence and confidence to pursue rewarding careers in science and technology.
We are grateful to Gilead Sciences for their recognition that strong and engaging STEM education enables students to form STEM identities and envision their future careers. This additional grant further supports the idea that STEM education is critical to our community and country’s economic growth and security, and an important path to economic mobility for our disadvantaged students.
To learn more about Gilead’s dedication to community support, click here.
Thank you, Gilead Sciences, for your continued investment in our community and our future scientists!
Last year, we raised $202,700 in support of the San Mateo-Foster City School District through various efforts, including direct fundraising, events like Readathon & securing special grants.
With a $5,000 grant from PlayStation to make teacher Cynthia Buenavista’s Makerspace proposal a reality, volunteers from SMFCEF, Beresford and two enthusiastic groups from PlayStation came together & set up the new dedicated room for making, learning, exploring and sharing.
This Makerspace provides the community’s youth with unparalleled opportunities to innovate, problem-solve, think critically, learn from failure, and apply the concepts of the classroom to hands-on projects.
As part of our 2019-2020 budget, the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation has allocated $5,000 for teacher grants in partnership with the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association's (SMETA) Member Grant Program.