HAYWARD -- The Hayward Education Foundation will celebrate 30 years of helping schools with a fundraiser March 22.

The foundation has given out more than $840,000 in grants to Hayward teachers. In 2012, grants ranged from a butterfly garden at Longwood Elementary, to a solar cell car at Bret Harte Middle School and a college motivation program at Hayward High School.

Alameda County Probation Chief LaDonna Harris will be the keynote speaker. She is expected to talk about the link between improved education and less need for juvenile probation. Television broadcaster John Kessler will be the emcee.

Choirs from Mount Eden and Tennyson high schools will perform, as will the All Saints Bell Choir. There will be raffles and auctions, plus dinner. The gala, the foundation's major fundraiser, takes place at 5 p.m. at Cal State East Bay.

Tickets are $95 or $750 for a table. Tickets may be purchased online at www.haywarded.org/gala or a check may be mailed to Hayward Education Foundation, P.O Box 56444, Hayward, CA 94542. For more details, email admin@haywar.ded.org.