Tuesday, February 25, 2014

$20,000 in grants to University City schools by local supporters

Teachers from all five University City public schools received grants from a pool of $20,000 raised by the neighborhood's school-support organization, EdUCate!

Tara Astacio, Spreckels Elementary kindergarten teacher The organization commits at least one-third of its donations to teachers each year.

The Teacher Grant committee carefully considers and scores all grant applications on the basis of several factors, including the number of students the grant will impact, its educational value, the longevity of the project, its practicality, innovation, collaboration and cost effectiveness.

"This program directly impacts our children, so please consider supporting these grants through a tax-deductible donation through any one of our giving programs: Honor a Teacher, Dollar a Day, Oktoberfest and Taste of the Triangle. We appreciate your donations!" the group said in its latest newsletter.

Teachers receiving donations include: Tara Astacio, Nikki Botts, Melissa Carian, James Cope, Brandon Corenman,Kelly Dudley, Tricia Eads, Janet Engebretsen, Sonia Gomez-Neri, Lisa Gordon, Gail Hall, Nicole Harris, Coretta Hazelton, Susanna Holcomb, Tara Howell, Marie Juergens, Karen McKelvey, Jeanette Monastero, Teem Osborne, Melinda Prietto, Maureen Quessenberry, Mary Ricci, Craig Sacchetti, Kimberly Sharman, Suwanna Siegler, Ellie Vandiver, Lisa Wood.

EdUCate! is a nonprofit foundation established in 1993 to provide supplemental funds for all five of the University City Public Schools: Curie Elementary, Doyle Elementary, Spreckels Elementary, Standley Middle, and University City High Schools. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $1.3 million to the five University City public schools, raised primarily through its many events and programs.

For more information on the organization, visit its website.