Since 1983, the Ed Fund has been mobilizing resources for WCCUSD and worked to direct investment directly into equity initiatives. From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we responded by working with the district to address the needs of students and families during distance learning. With the uncertainties that we faced together, we were able to provide services to families across the district through newly established funds, support from foundations, and fiscal sponsorship. Whether this was securing hot spots for at-home wi-fi to address the growing digital divide, financial disbursements for families, or grants to support student-led learning spaces, the community came together to ensure our students and teachers were equipped to meet the year’s challenge.
With our students back to in-person instruction, we have taken the time to reflect on the work done to ensure that teachers and students return to school equipped with the best tools and support for a fruitful year of learning. Our FY 2020-2021 Annual Report is now available for you to read more about the impact our fundraising has had on disrupting the cycle of inequity in education.
To learn more about our lasting impact in the areas of literacy and scholarships, see below.
The Ed Fund has supported the families of WCCUSD and Richmond through the establishment of the WCCUSD COVID-19 Fund and partnership with the Richmond Rapid Response Fund. At the onset of the fund, support was given through financial disbursements.
COVID-19 Response Fund
The Digital Divide
As partners with WCCUSD, the Ed Fund’s goal is to continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and the digital divide it has exacerbated, on behalf of all public school students and our community. In partnership with West Contra Costa Schools this past spring, we were able to provide 23,998 chrome books and 1,795 hotspots for our students. Our recent efforts have yielded an increase in hotspots distributed across West Contra Costa County.
Raised to support hotspots, licences, etc.
With grants from the Schroeder Foundation and Lesher Foundation, we were able to provide classroom libraries that reflect diverse authors.
The Teachers College Reading, Writing, and Phonics Elementary Literacy Teacher Leaders (TCRWP ELTL) program serves 38 elementary schools. Through Lab work, select teacher leaders are provided with intensive coaching and professional development designed to help them become empowered to bring learning back to their own school.
By building partnerships with community members, we are able to extend the resources available to the students of WCCUSD. Our fiscal sponsorships continue to encompass a variety of areas of study, including STEM, literacy and Social Emotional Learning.
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
A core part of our work remains to provide the students and educators of WCCUSD with awards to recognize their work and potential for higher learning. Scholarships for graduating seniors and grants for the educators of WCCUSD remains vital to addressing access to the tools necessary for success.
Awarded to scholars since 2005