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 2021-2022 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.
COVID-19 & Financial Support
We continued to provide support to families within the WCCUSD through the WCCUSD COVID-19 Fund as well as Richmond residents through the Richmond Rapid Response Fund (R3F). The R3F is now working to provide sustainable relief to Richmond residents through a guaranteed income program.
COVID-19 Response Fund
Classroom and School-wide Grants
Our classroom and school-wide grants for the 2021-2022 school year were focused on helping students with their social, emotional and academic needs as they returned to the classroom. We were so excited to be able to bring back our Bradley Arts Grant program for the 2021-2022 school year after a two-year hiatus. We also offered grants for Black History Month programs in classrooms, schools, and the WCCUSD community.
With the support from a grant from the Hellman Foundation, we were able to provide English Language Learners with bilingual paraprofessionals.
We also continued our support of the Teachers College Reading, Writing, and Phonics Elementary Literacy Teacher Leaders (TCRWP ELTL) program, serving 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. Our Teaching Excellence Awards are an important tool for retainment of talent in the district. Scholarships for graduating seniors and grants for the educators of WCCUSD remain vital to addressing access to the tools necessary for success.
Awarded to scholars since 2005