Representatives from Ashford University recently presented the district’s Children and Youth in Transition Department with a check for $10,000.
Encanto Elementary was selected to receive more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies that were purchased with the university's generous donation. Encanto is a high needs school with 100 percent of the student population receiving free breakfast and lunch.
Dr. Tony Ferrell, Executive Dean for the College of Education at Ashford University, is an alumnus of San Diego Unified and was on hand at the Encanto celebration. He spoke to the students about the importance of working hard in school and being prepared to learn. Board Vice President Marne Foster; LaShea Collins, District Office Director for Assemblywoman Shirley Weber; and Monica Montgomery, Senior Policy Advisor, for Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, were also in attendance to participate in the celebration.
This is the third year that Ashford University has underwritten efforts to provide children in need with essential school supplies. This partnership exemplifies Vision 4 of the district's Vision 2020 that community involvement with school volunteers and business partnerships add to the success of our students.
Ashford University is headquartered in San Diego, California and is the largest educational holding of Bridgepoint Education, Inc. The University offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 50 degree programs on campus and online.