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. This involved seeking out funding that would directly assist families whose income was affected by the pandemic, as well as addressing the growing digital divide and providing access to technology necessary to distance learning.
While our students may not be onsite yet, we found that there was so much that we could address to ensure that teachers and students return to school equipped to combat learning loss due to Covid-19. By focusing on funding the implementation of the Balanced Literacy Approach and Lab Sites, our teachers are prepared to get their students on track to becoming lifelong readers. Balanced Literacy work reflects core beliefs of equity and inclusion. One of the most important of these is that raising the level of literacy for children is an act of social justice.
Read more about the impact our fundraising has had on disrupting the cycle of inequity in education.
Funds raised in FY19
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