The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded $661,000 for math and other programs to help low-income and struggling students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
The funds will underwrite tutorial and summer programs to benefit about 3,300 students. But they don't come close to meeting the need, the foundation notes, as about 50,000 middle-school students in the two counties test below proficiency in math.
Among the 16 grants are $75,000 to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, $70,000 to the San Mateo County Office of Education and $70,000 to the Sequoia Union High School District, all to offer summer math programs preparing students for algebra and beyond.
Other recipients include ALearn of Los Altos, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastside and of the Peninsula, Citizen Schools, Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Jose Valdes Math Institute, the La Honda Pescadero Unified School District, the Redwood City Education Foundation, the National Hispanic Foundation and the San Francisco 49ers Academy, and a program for Franklin-McKinley School District students.
--Sharon Noguchi, staff