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Sunnyvale Education Foundation issues first grant awards to Sunnyvale Schools

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The Sunnyvale Education Foundation (SEF) has issued its first-ever grant awards totaling $10,000 to 9 of 10 Sunnyvale School District schools.

The grants will fund many different initiatives at the schools including:
– Field trips at Vargas, San Miguel, and Ellis Elementary Schools
– An anti-bullying assembly at Bishop Elementary School
– Supplies for PlayWorks at Cherry Chase Elementary School
– Science supplies for Fairwood Elementary School
– Texbooks, PBIS incentives, and event support at Lakewood Elementary School
– After-school enrichment classes at Columbia Middle School
– Art textbooks at Sunnyvale Middle School

The funds were raised from donors in the Sunnyvale community. Anxious to put the funds to good use in the 2015/16 academic year, SEF invited each SSD school to submit their grant requests. These requests were reviewed by the SEF Programs Committee to ensure the grant fund usage aligned to SEF’s charter of supporting activities that directly contribute to the educational enrichment of the SSD students and support activities or programs that are not currently funded.

The SEF Board continues its fundraising and outreach efforts via corporate grants and partnerships, and from donations by local businesses and residents. Through fundraising, corporate partnerships and community engagement, SEF hopes to continue to support a wide variety of programs including STEM education, low-income enrichment programs, parent education and much more to benefit Sunnyvale’s diverse school district.

“We are proud to be making a difference in the lives of so many children, and our board is passionate about giving every SSD student the best education possible.” said SEF President Melinda Hamilton.

The Sunnyvale Education Foundation supports high-quality education for all students across the Sunnyvale School District. SEF was founded in June 2015, by local parents, school staff and school board members, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.

For more information about SEF or to make a donation, please visit our website:

Article by: Kate Degelau-Pierce, SEF Vice President/Communications, and Alia Wilson, District Communications Coordinator.



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