Sat10252014

Schools

MVLA Foundation's $1.3 million grant sets record

What a difference a decimal point makes.

In 1982, when the Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation was founded, the parent-organized group raised $13,000. This year, the foundation awarded the Mountain View Los Altos High Union High School District a $1.3 million grant, the largest in the 32-year history of the nonprofit organization that raises money to fund academic programs. The grant represents a 40-fold increase in contributions since the foundation’s inception.

Foundation Executive Director Laura Roberts and board President Mike Maciag presented a check to Superintendent Barry Groves and Joe Mitchner, district school board president, at a dinner last spring, with school board trustees, foundation board members, school principals and volunteers in attendance.

“Hundreds of people in our communities contributed to reach this ambitious fundraising goal for our students,” Roberts said. “For the third consecutive year, we’ve increased not just the amount of donations, but also the number of participating families and local businesses. No matter what their dreams and goals, each student benefits when foundation dollars provide reduced freshman class sizes, the newest science lab equipment and investments in STEM programs.”

The foundation continues to fund district schools’ tutorial centers, the SIS online grading system, extended library hours, PSAT tests and College and Career Centers.

  In addition to individual gifts from families of high school students, the foundation received support from local real estate agents, AmazonSmile, UpToUs and area merchants.

“The generous support from the MVLA Foundation makes an enormous difference in our schools’ and teachers’ abilities to manifest academic excellence in our public high schools,” Groves said. “We have record numbers of students graduating and continuing in the colleges and careers of their choosing. Students tell me that they feel prepared for their futures. This is attributable in large part to the many programs funded by the MVLA High School Foundation.”

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