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15 Contra Costa County school districts and foundations to receive total of $200,000 from Wells Fargo

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 1:54 pm in Contra Costa County, Education.

To assist school districts that serve low- and moderate-income families, Wells Fargo plans to present $200,000 in education grants to 15 Contra Costa County districts and foundations on Monday.

Bob Ceglio, president of the bank’s “Mt. Diablo market,” plans to present the grants to district and foundation reps from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Contra Costa County Office of Education, 77 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill.

Here is a list of the awards and recipients:

Antioch Schools Education Foundation: $20,000 (to benefit Antioch Unified School District)

Brentwood Union School District Foundation: $10,000 (to benefit Brentwood Union School District)

Education Foundation of Orinda: $5,000 (to benefit Orinda Union School District)

John Swett Education Foundation: $5,000 (to benefit John Swett Unified School District)

Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation: $5,000 (to benefit Lafayette School District)

Liberty Union High School District Education Foundation: $5,000 (to benefit Liberty Union High School District)

Martinez Education Foundation: $10,000 (to benefit Martinez Unified School District)

Moraga Education Foundation: $5,000 (to benefit Moraga School District)

Mt. Diablo Unified School District: $40,000 (to benefit Mt. Diablo Unified School District)

Oakley Union Elementary School District: $5,000 (to benefit Oakley Union Elementary School District)

Pittsburg Unified School District: $10,000 (to benefit Pittsburg Unified School District)

San Ramon Valley Education Foundation: $30,000 (to benefit San Ramon Valley Unified School District)

SEED Foundation: $5,000 (to benefit Byron Union School District)

Walnut Creek Education Fund: $10,000 (to benefit Acalanes/Walnut Creek School District)

West Contra Costa Education Fund: $35,000 (to benefit West Contra Costa Unified School District)

Here is more information about the grants, from a news release:

“Wells Fargo has a long-standing commitment to local education. In Nov. 2011, Wells Fargo announced that the company is donating $1 million to benefit education throughout the Bay Area. Including the $1 million dollars, Wells Fargo has donated more than $13.3 million to schools and nonprofit organizations for educational purposes in the Bay Area, since 2009.

‘I am glad that Wells Fargo continues to support the local communities where our customers and team members raise their children,’ said Bob Ceglio, president of Wells Fargo‚Äôs Mount Diablo market. ‘By funding our local schools, we can help provide more resources for our students to be better prepared for the future.’

The grants presented at this event are designated to benefit select school districts with significant enrollment from students coming from low-to-moderate income families.”

More information is available at

How do you think the districts should spend the money?

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9 Responses to “15 Contra Costa County school districts and foundations to receive total of $200,000 from Wells Fargo”

  1. Doctor J Says:

    What spending restrictions did Wells Fargo put on the money ?

  2. g Says:

    Matt Kuprick’s column is a good hint at where they need to spend the money, and it is NOT on raises! It is shameful that the top 1/3 of high school graduates can’t do basic math!

  3. Doctor J Says:

    When students are missing 30-45 minutes of instruction every day because they arrive late because of the refusal of the District to correct the bus routes, you can see how that kind of time adds up — oh, maybe that’s the problem. The district can’t do basic math. Ask your principal to ride the bus routes that are habitually late and send the memo to the Supt., cc the Board, and Theresa.

  4. Theresa Harrington Says:

    As far as I know, Wells Fargo didn’t put any funding restrictions on the money.
    Here’s a link to some interesting research about dual enrollment programs versus AP classes:
    The CVHS charter wants to explore partnerships with CSU East Bay and MDHS has some partnerships with DVC. Do you think MDUSD should explore more options like this?

  5. Doctor J Says:

    @TH #4 ABSOLUTELY ! Too often public education is treated like a stagecoach — all the horses must go as slow as the slowest. It is absolutely stiffling to make the mustangs slow down so the Clydesdales can keep up. Let the mustangs run and get the clydesdales to their maximum performance. Not all horses are created with equal strengths.

  6. g Says:

    …and our GATE programs are…?

  7. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, g, the board virtually eliminated GATE programs and also cut the extremely popular fifth-grade Delta boat “hands-on” science excursion. I wonder if the district will ask the public how it would like to see this money spent. The GATE summer school was fabulous….a great loss. The district also discontinued environmental science field trips to the Markham Science Center.

  8. Doctor J Says:

    $40,000 is just a drop in the bucket — Bel Air Elementary by itself has $2,000,000 plus in SIG grant money to spend by June 30. That’s $4,500 per student. How are they going to spend it ? After reading their SIG grant application, I have no clue.
    On the other hand, if you estimate there are 30,000 children in the category of low to moderate income for which WFB designated the grant, that is only $1.33 per child. Just a drop in the bucket.

  9. Cristene Burr Says:

    We are so grateful to the Wells Fargo Foundation for this critical grant and we love partnering with them on raising the bar as we invest in the future of the children in the San Ramon Valley.

    Happy Holidays!!!

    Cristene Burr
    Executive Director
    San Ramon Valley Education Foundation

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