Schools - July 7, 2010

Foundation gives schools grant of $2.35 million

The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation presented its largest grant ever — $2.35 million — to the Menlo Park City School District at a recent school board meeting.

This amount, raised within the community, will be used to fully fund 17 teachers and programs at the four district schools, according to foundation spokeswoman Valerie Ambwani.

The grant will supplement a budget of about $30 million in the 2010-11 school year.

Ms. Ambwani said programs funded by the foundation grant include:

• Full-time, fully credentialed librarians, hands-on-science aides, and elementary music and art teachers and programs.

• Professional and career development, and support for the mathematics program and the technology curriculum coordinator.

• Jeanie Ritchie Innovative Grants for teachers, and support for the early launch of the new Hillview Academy program.

"We truly want to thank everyone in the community (who) supported the foundation and enabled us to achieve this record grant," Scott Lohmann, co-president of the MPAEF, said in a prepared statement.

"This foundation is for everyone in the district, and together we have to continue to work toward building a quality education for our children while we manage through the ongoing state reductions," he said.

The district includes Laurel, Encinal, and Oak Knoll elementary schools, and Hillview Middle School.

Go to for more information about the foundation.


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