At its opening meeting for the 2014-15 School Year, the Willow Glen Foundation approved a budget allocating $37,000 to promote programs at Willow Glen High School and a matching $37,000 for Willow Glen Middle School.
Your support is critical to support this funding, so our schools can use this money to advance the educational activities for all of our students. You can help in multiple ways:
Your generous support has already made a difference in so many ways for Willow Glen’s public high school and middle school. Not surprisingly, here in the capitol of Silicon Valley, one way involves new, innovative, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses at both schools, creating a unique STEM pathway from middle school to high school – and then to college and career.
When describing these new engineering and science strands, the principals emphasize the impact on students – and they also stress that these programs are only possible because of community support. As Willow Glen High School Principal Kaia Hamilton puts it,
“So much of what we’re doing is a direct result of parents and the community standing up and supporting us. There’s no doubt about it.”
Willow Glen Middle School Principal Shannon McGee concurs and continues,
“We’re excited to bring these engineering programs to our students. It’s a perfect time for them to be exposed to these concepts. They become so engaged and motivated, as they learn new things in new ways that are perfect for them. And teachers are jazzed too – they’re given new tools and techniques, and they’re seeing their students grow by leaps and bounds.”
The Willow Glen Foundation works throughout the year, raising funds to enhance these efforts that inspire, promote, and support academic excellence and cultural enrichment for all students at Willow Glen High School and Willow Glen Middle School.
We are proud of our neighborhood schools, and understand how much our support means to them. That’s why we are asking you to make a gift today. If you have already donated to the Foundation this year, we thank you sincerely and hope that you will be able to augment your initial donation. If you have not donated for a while, now could be
a perfect time.
With much appreciation,
P.S. Please make checks payable to Willow Glen Foundation. Contributions are tax deductible (Tax ID #46-2106211). If your employer matches donations, please provide us with the information needed to maximize your gift.
WG Foundation Hits High Mark: $52,000 for Schools
Academic Excellence and Cultural Enrichment at Middle and High Schools
On November 3, the Willow Glen Middle & High School Foundation hosted the 12th annual Tasting fundraiser. The event aimed high to support academic excellence and cultural enrichment at the local public middle and high schools. Thanks to generous support from our community, we’ve surpassed our ambitious $50,000 goal – through a combination of sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auction, surprise gifts, “wine pull,” and a special fund drive.
The silent auction was a huge success, with offerings that ranged from vacations in Hawaii and Arnold, to a tour of Tesla, to creative parties and live entertainment. The event featured wine and beer tasting and the always impressive array of cheeses, appetizers, and desserts; energizing live music; and plenty of socializing.
Attendees included San Jose Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews and School Board member Pam Foley; San Jose City Councilmembers Pierluigi Oliverio and Sam Liccardo; Willow Glen Middle School Principal Shannon McGee and Willow Glen High School Principal Kaia Hamilton; along with more than 300 sponsors, parents, and community members.
Founded in 2000, the Willow Glen Foundation works to develop resources and fund programs that inspire, promote, and support the academic achievement and cultural enrichment of all students. The Foundation is committed to partnering with teachers and staff to prepare students to get the most out of school, and to prepare them for a successful and productive future.
Please plan to join us November 2, 2014!
Support the programs and special activities that make our local Middle School and High School even better! … Sunday, November 2, 2014. We’ll see you there!
Tickets for our 2014 Tasting & Auction are on sale now!
Thank You to our 2013 Tasting Sponsors & Donors!
The Bullock Family
The Braunreuther Family
Phil Kerlee & Associates
Many more of our Tasting & Auction Donors are honored in the PDF version of our 2013-14 Annual Report, which also includes a description of how your donations and our event proceeds were allocated to our local schools.
Thank you for another great celebration of our public schools!
Save the date for 2014! … Sunday, November 2, 2014. We’ll see you there!