Sun04202014

Schools

MVLA Foundation raises $650,000 for high schools

The MVLA High School Foundation presented Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District officials with a check for $650,000 this month to fund additional academic programs for local high schools.

The foundation kicks off its annual fundraising campaign at the beginning of each school year by mailing requests for contributions to past and present donors. Foundation members follow the mailers with a phone-a-thon, hosted this year at the Los Altos Alain Pinel offices.

Mindy Ryan, an MVLA foundation board member, said next year foundation members hope to contribute an additional $25,000 to their donation target for the high school district. To meet the goal, members will request a $700 donation from each family per student attending the district.

Also in store next year, Ryan said foundation members are working on creating and funding programs to make the college transition easier for students and parents.

"We want programs that will help the students thrive in college," she said.

About half the funds raised by the MVLA High School Foundation are used to reduce the class-size ratio for freshman English and math to 20 students per teacher. According to the foundation, without its funding, class size would be closer to 30:1. Funds collected make the district eligible for state matching money earmarked for class-size reduction.

Other initiatives funded by the MVLA foundation include tutorial centers, college and career centers, technology replacements and upgrades, research database access, extended library hours and instructional materials for Alta Vista High School classes.

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