It's the new math: $20,000 = 44 projects + 6,000 students.
Actually, it's a generous donation of $10,000 from the Antioch Schools Education Foundation paired with the DonorsChoose program, which provides an avenue to fund teacher-requested projects and supplies.
Debbie Hobin, ASEF board member, said, "We feel very excited and gratified that our contribution was able to benefit so many students. We hope to be able to do this next year and for many years to come."
Alisa Catellier of DonorsChoose said the pairing "ensured that students in local public schools have the resources they need to succeed. We are sincerely grateful for this partnership."
She added that the joint venture can "continue to provide incredible learning experiences to students in Antioch."
With ASEF's $10,000 give came another $10,910 from other donors to the site, giving some 13 Antioch schools a variety of supplies and completed projects.
Included in the long list of fulfilled requests were an iPad mini for a math-and-science class at Fremont Elementary; Common Core activities materials for an Orchard Park (K-8) room; PE equipment for Belshaw Elementary; and books for an Antioch High lit class.
MOVING ON: More than a handful of community college students received some help for their move to a four-year campus.
Thanks to Diablo Vista Retired Teachers Scholarship Foundation, seven students are starting off their next education adventure with a bit of monetary help.
A recent CalRTA Division 52 event served not only lunch, but the honored students were each given $5,000 scholarships from the local group.
The money will be used for their final two years at a four-year university.
Bernie Yeghoian, group treasurer, said, "Every year we provide scholarships to students transitioning from Diablo Valley and Los Medanos colleges to four-year universities."
The East County winning students were Carolynn Connors and Imara Jackson-Goudy of Antioch. Connors, an LMC grad, will now attend Cal State East Bay to become an elementary teacher. Jackson-Goudy, who also graduated from LMC, will pursue a career as a Spanish teacher at Cal State East Bay.
In addition to the scholarships, the winners were recognized by representatives for Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and state Senator Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord.
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