Marin corporate and nonprofit donors ponied up $888,129 this year for the SchoolsRule-Marin program — a 15 percent bump from last year’s effort.
By Keri Brenner | Marin Independent Journal
On Tuesday, each of more than 20 public school district foundations and schools received a piece of that pie, vowing to spend it on enriching programs such as literacy, technology, art, music or wellness. The exact distribution amount for each district was uniform per student, so that Marin’s approximately 34,000 students countywide have more of a “level playing field,” said Thomas Peters, CEO and president of Marin Community Foundation, the program’s major donor.
Peters said the equity, generosity and good will of SchoolsRule was the “antidote” for the “shock, sadness, revulsion, anger” that has pervaded the current local and national political culture.
“It’s no hyperbole to say that we’re at a turning point in this country’s trajectory,” he said before about 150 educators, donors, students and parents at Tuesday’s event. “This enterprise of SchoolsRule-Marin is how we get to deliberately express the polar opposite of those emotions: surprise, optimism, confidence and pride.”
Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, said more than $4 million has been raised for Marin schools in the past seven years that SchoolsRule has been operating.
“We hold the expectation that every child will obtain what they need to flourish — not just in school, but most importantly, in life,” Burke said.
At Tuesday’s event, representatives from dozens of corporate and nonprofit donors stood on stage to watch school foundation representatives accept their checks.
In addition to major donor Marin Community Foundation, Redwood Credit Union was the presenting sponsor. Restoration Hardware was at the diamond level, followed by platinum sponsors Marin Sanitary Service, Gruber Family Foundation, Bank of Marin and Kaiser Permanente. A complete list is online at schoolsrule.org.
Bolinas-Stinson Union School District: $2,046. Bolinas-Stinson will use the funds to support the school library including the purchase of new books and to help students who cannot afford to purchase books during the annual book fair.
Dixie School District: $47,777. The Can Do Education Foundation will use the funds to directly support the environmental science and school garden programs at the three elementary schools and the lunchtime academic leadership and performing arts clubs at Miller Creek Middle School.
Kentfield School District: $29,359. Kentfield will use the funds for the maker space program at Kent Middle School and mindfulness classes at Bacich Elementary.
Lagunitas School District: $5,946. The LEAP foundation will use the funds to support the district-wide music program, which provides instruction, performance opportunities, and no-cost take-home instruments for children in grades 3-8.
Larkspur-Corte Madera School District: $36,699. The SPARK foundation will use these funds to provide English learner and literacy support, counseling support and music and art supplies, repair and replacement.
Mill Valley School District: $73,426. The Kiddo foundation will use these funds to help pay for the kindergarten dance program, extended library aide hours across the district, and the replacement of kilns for the art program.
Nicasio School District: $1,007. Nicasio will use the funds for technology upgrades.
Novato Unified School District: $180,937. The School Fuel foundation will use the funds to support elementary music, and visual arts instruction. Funds will also be used to supplement library materials and hours at all schools as well as to support student-led enrichment programs at all grade levels including the student newspaper, robotics club and green teams.
Novato Charter School — $6,382. Novato Charter will use these funds to support art programs.
Reed School District: $34,450. The foundation will use the funds at the elementary and middle schools to purchase supplies for the STEAM labs and to support Children for Change, a child-led club focused on volunteering and fundraising to help people in need. Funds will also be used to support the music program at the elementary schools and to purchase reading planners for middle school students.
Ross School District: $9,084. The district will use the funds to support the music, instrumental band and arts program for all grade levels at the K-8.
Ross Valley School District: $49,465. The YES foundation will use these funds to completely fund and promote the poetry program.
Ross Valley Charter School: $3,168. The school will use the funds to support literacy programs with a focus on English language learners.
Rural school districts & MCOE: $1,924. Funds will be used to support arts and technology programs at Laguna, Lincoln, Marin Community School, Oracle Independent Study, Phoenix Academy and Community Court:.
San Rafael City Schools: $175,202. The HeadsUp foundation will use these funds to continue to offer music for every first – 5th grade elementary student; middle school after-school enrichment and peer support; and music support, college consultants, an athletic academic adviser and extended library hours at the high school.
Sausalito Marin City School District: $3,089. Sausalito Marin City will use these funds to further support the arts program at Bayside MLK. Willow Creek Academy received $9,448 to support the middle school Music in Society class.
Shoreline Unified School District: $11,808. Shoreline will use the funds to support the development of a student wellness center.
Tamalpais Union High School District : $113,050 total, including the following funds:
— The Drake Fund, $28,434. The Drake Fund will use the funds to continue to fund the Wellness Center and a new peer tutor program.
— Redwood High School Foundation, $43,704. Redwood High School Foundation will use the funds to provide technology access for students who don’t have it at home and multiple programs that address inequality in educational access including SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism) and English language development.
— Tam High Foundation, $37,621. Funds will be used to hire a success network co-coordinator who will work to close the achievement gap at Tam High by bringing all the stakeholders together to build a culture and system that is personalized for students, equitable in services, and collaborative in spirit and practice.
— Tamiscal, $1,954. Funds will be used toward a guest speaker on anxiety and stress management for students and staff, instructional materials and laboratory supplies for classrooms, and yearbooks for socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
— San Andreas, $1,335. Funds will be used to support schoolwide wellness work and on- and off-campus community building activities.
Dedication to Special Education: $93,851. Dedication to Special Education will use these funds to provide cutting edge education technology, student interventions and innovative classroom tools for special educators across school sites and districts countywide.