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MVLA Foundation provides record grant


Courtesy of Laura Roberts
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation recently raised $1.704 million for the district. Pictured, from left: MVLA Foundation President Alan Cyron, MVLA Foundation Co- Executive Director Margaret Gong, Superintendent Jeff Harding, MVLA Trustee Fiona Walter and MVLA Foundation Co-Executive Director Laura Roberts.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation raised $1.704 million for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the largest grant in the foundation’s 36-year history.

At the annual spring gifting dinner, held May 2 at Chef Chu’s restaurant, foundation Co-Executive Directors Laura Roberts and Margaret Gong, along with foundation President Alan Cyron, presented the check to Superintendent Jeff Harding and MVLA Trustee Fiona Walter.

Foundation board members, district trustees and administrators, and school principals also attended the dinner.

Foundation funding continued this year for freshman class-size reduction, tutorial centers, extended library hours, online resources and an Innovative Learning Grants program. The grant also funded expansion of the Advancement Via Individual Determination program and wellness initiatives to support students’ needs.

New areas of funding included adding college counselor positions to the college and career centers and an optional pre-ACT for sophomores. Bolstering college and career centers was a high priority based on parent and student feedback.

“Thanks to generous support and record participation from the community, parents and local companies, we have made a significant impact on the learning experiences and well-being of our students,” Roberts said. “We are especially excited to see how the expansion of college advising in the college and career centers will assist students in planning their next steps after high school.”

According to Harding, the grant will support the district in its “continued drive toward excellence and innovation in the classroom and beyond.”

“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the MVLA Foundation and its many donors who help us maintain our competitive edge in exemplary education,” he added.

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