Danville Express

Newsfront - June 1, 2007

Foundation gives $110,000 in education grants

Record amount benefits more than 200 educators

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation handed out a record $110,000 in grant funds at its annual meeting last week at Quail Run Elementary School.

A total of 174 grant requests were funded by the foundation, including 94 grants to support the San Ramon Valley Reading and Writing Project.

"Raising money to help support our schools is incredibly rewarding, but seeing the faces of the teachers as they receive their money is what makes it all worthwhile," said Gary Ware, president of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. "The amazing work that our teachers do every day must continually be recognized and rewarded."

In addition to the regular educator grants that were distributed, the Foundation also awarded two special $10,000 science grants this year.

One of the grants went to Marilyn Cachola Lucey and Mark Pelham of Greenbrook Elementary School for their project, "Seeing the World with New Eyes."

The other large grant was awarded to Marybeth Hodge and Joell Marchese of Pine Valley Middle School for their "Science in Motion" project.

Over the course of its 23-year history, the foundation has given more than $2.3 million in supplemental funds to San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools. For information about SRVEF and a list of this year's recipients, visit www.srvef.org

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