A Year In Review: Looking Back At The 2014-2015 School Year

September 16, 2015 – With the recent end of yet another school year, the Glendora Education Foundation looks back on how they have helped the Glendora students accomplish another successful school year.

GUSD Programs Funded by the Glendora Education Foundation:

Kindergarten Literacy Program – A New Technical Turn for The Kindergarten Literacy Program
The Foundation is proud to give our youngest Glendora students a chance to embrace technology and reading at such an early age. Using the Reading Eggs program, all kindergarten students were given in-class and at-home access to the fun program that “makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.”

Healthy Living – Healthy Living Program Teaches Students to Become “Germ Busters”
This year, our Healthy Living program taught all transitional kindergartners and kindergartners (TK-K) to become “Germ Busters” by learning to properly wash their hands in six simple steps. Melissa Germann, coordinator for the District’s AVID, GATE & Safe Schools Programs, says, “Teaching young children about the importance of frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs.”

In addition to the “Germ Busters” hand-washing lesson, the Healthy Living program included two lessons for each grade level in TK-4th grade with plans to expand to 5th grade in 2015-2016. The Foundation provided interactive wellness lessons to promote the importance of healthy food choices by sampling new fruits and vegetables, reading nutrition labels, staying active through exercise, and ways of managing stress.

Experiential Learning – Hands-on Learning Experiences for Second, Fourth & Sixth Graders
The Foundation is committed to enhancing the educational experience of all kids in the district, and this year we created a new initiative to encourage hands-on learning throughout our schools. All GUSD second, fourth, and sixth grade students were given such experiences through various on-campus field trips focusing on science and history.

Second grade students were given the chance to become scientists through the Discovery Science Center’s “The Cube At Your School” on-campus field trip program. Fourth grade students were able to go face-to-face with a “living” legend through character actor Bruce Buonauro’s live performances as Father Serra and/or Jedediah Smith. History came alive for Glendora’s sixth graders as they are transported to Ancient Greece and Rome through the Live Oaks Educational Theater.

AVID – Giving Students A Better Chance At Going to College
Each year, our AVID program supports students who have the potential to go to college but benefit from additional attention to help them achieve this goal. The Foundation funded additional sections of AVID and expanded access for more kids to participate in the program with tutors who guide students as “small learning teams” to answer questions coming from their content classes. One AVID participant said, “Being in AVID helps me see my future. With the skills I learned from AVID, I can go on with school and feel confident in my work and what I am doing.”

Scholarships – Awarding Hardworking High School and Middle School Students
Since 2011, the Foundation has provided graduating seniors with scholarships that will help students as they begin their educational journey outside of the GUSD. Several deserving seniors from GHS and Whitcomb are awarded performance-based and initiative-based scholarships in the amount of $500.

Technology Workshops – Teaching Tomorrow’s Skills Today In Technology Workshops
The Foundation once again proudly sponsored free technology workshops that were offered throughout the school year. Available for Glendora students in grades 3-12, classes offered ranged from keyboarding to audio recording to video game design, and engineering. This wide variety of classes allowed students to be exposed to technological fields that continue to grow in popularity and career choice, all while giving a great hands-on experience taught by District employees and local DeVry students. Josh, a sixth grader at Goddard, enjoyed all the “fun, creative and hands-on possibilities” he learned in the Lego Robotics course taught by Kyle Svoboda.

General Technology Support
Year after year, the Glendora Education Foundation continues to raise money to provide for the ongoing technology needs for every campus in the Glendora District. The Foundation’s support this past school year included: new curriculum, updated tools and software, access to more resources and overall technological campus improvements.

Music Program – GUSD’s Music Program Is Thriving One Musical Note At A Time
In a world where budget cuts in public education have resulted in arts programs being shut down, music programs tend to take the major hit. Thanks to the Glendora Education Foundation, the Glendora Unified School District’s music program isn’t just surviving; it’s thriving. The Glendora Education Foundation’s support has made it possible to hire a music instructor and instructional aide to keep these programs going at the elementary level for over 500 participating students. When asked what their favorite thing about the music program is, it’s clear fourth graders can’t hide their enthusiasm or passion for the program. One student said, “My favorite thing about the music program is that it makes me feel talented.”

Summer Enrichment – Enriching Students During the Summer Months
The Foundation once again proudly offered students from grades 1-12 a variety of summer enrichment classes. For grades 1-8, classes are held at either Stanton Elementary or GHS, with offered courses ranging from Forensic Science, and Photoshop/Digital media, to Fun with Phonics, and Language Arts Lagoon. High school students can participate at the GHS campus in Elective Enrichment, Repeat or Advancement classes.

Foundation Events:

October 2014 – Golf Tournament — A RECORD SETTING DAY ON THE GOLF COURSE!
On Monday, October 27, 110 golfers gathered at Glendora Country Club for the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament supporting Glendora schools through the Glendora Education Foundation. Over 35 businesses supported the event as well, making this our biggest tournament to date! Overall, the tournament raised over $17,000 to go directly to programs making a record-breaking and positive difference for our children in Glendora schools! Board Vice President and tournament coordinator Daniel Boyer said, “It has been amazing to see the growth of the tournament over the years, which shows such great support of our kids and our schools…add in the involvement of the Glendora High School students and it was a great success!” The Foundation would like to thank all who contributed to the tournament, including the dozens of volunteers, 10 hole sponsors, 24 tee sponsors, 110 committed golfers, Glendora Country Club, Platinum Business Partners Southland Properties and Wells Fargo, major sponsor Azusa Pacific University, dinner sponsor Howard Building Corporation, cart sponsor Inland Counter Tops, and the planning committee.

March 2015 – Glendora Schools Week — The event Raised Over $16,000 for Glendora Schools
The first annual, community-wide event, Glendora Schools Week, took place from March 7-14 and helped to raise $16,451 for our Glendora students. The Glendora Education Foundation joined forces with the PTA and a variety of local businesses in a new effort to raise money for the Glendora District. The over 30 participating businesses generously gave a portion of their weekly sale proceeds back to our Glendora students. In an effort to encourage the entire district to participate, a friendly, district wide competition took place to see which schools could acquire the most RSVPs’. While the competition was close between all the schools, it was Cullen that finished in first place, Sellers came in second, and Sutherland came in third! The Glendora Schools Week committee is “thrilled to have had over 30 businesses participate and 33 students complete their scavenger hunt” and guarantees that “next year’s event is going to be an even bigger success.” The Foundation would like to thank all the participating businesses, PTA, students, parents, and community members! We are already looking forward to next year’s event and we are thrilled continue this annual tradition!

April 2015 – Food for Thought — Food for Thought 2015: Over $150,000 Invested In Brighter Futures!
The Glendora Education Foundation works toward investing in brighter futures for the students of the Glendora Unified School District, and one event that brings the community together in support of these efforts is Food for Thought, the annual dinner/auction gala benefitting the Foundation. This year’s event, held on Friday, April 24, was an enormous success. Thanks to the generosity of the Glendora community, over $150,000 was raised! Over 280 attendees enjoyed the evening, which took place on the Sunny Grove Lane cul-de-sac. Guests were able to bid using a new mobile phone bidding application that updated them on the status of their bids with up-to-the-minute text alerts, while various Glendora restaurants served a fabulous meal.

Food for Thought 2015 would not have been possible without the generous supporters who attended the event; the amazing volunteers who gave their time and talents; the generous auction item donors; the sponsors; the restaurant donors; and the business and service donors. A special thanks also goes to the residents of Sunny Grove Lane for their gracious hospitality.

Looking back on a great 2014-2015 school year for the Glendora Unified School District and the Glendora Education Foundation.

Source: A Year In Review: Looking Back At The 2014-2015 School Year – Glendora Education Foundation