Mon12222014

Schools

MVLA Foundation raises $1.2 million for schools

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation recently donated $1.2 million to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the largest grant in the nonprofit foundation’s 31-year history.

Foundation Executive Director Laura Roberts and board President Andy Cohen presented the check to Superintendent Barry Groves in front of a group of 40 board trustees, foundation board members, school principals and key volunteers.

“We’re thrilled to have reached this year’s goals, in both donations and the number of participating families,” Roberts said. “Each student benefits when foundation dollars provide reduced freshman class sizes, extended library hours, the newest science lab equipment, additional investments in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and equipment.”

The additional $200,000 invested in STEM funding this year included the purchase of a mechanical wave driver, a polarimeter, organs for dissections in advanced biology classes, digital microscopes and new slides, new blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes, and multiple Lab Quest handheld data collectors.

The foundation continued to fund the schools’ tutorial centers, the SIS online grading system, PSATs and College and Career Centers.

“We cannot thank the foundation enough for the generous and sustained support of academic excellence in our public high schools,” Groves said. “Every year graduating seniors tell me that they have appreciated the academic support because they feel better prepared for their future. This is attributable in large part to the many programs funded by the MVLA High School Foundation.”

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