What began as a handful of volunteers in 1989 now is the single largest donor to the Long Beach Unified School District. The Long Beach Education Foundation directs its donations to students and public schools here in Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon.
Contributions of generous school employees, local citizens and corporations to the Foundation help thousands of courageous students beat the odds. Each year, the Foundation honors these students and their families at the Most Inspiring Student Awards Dinner. Some of these students have become the first members of their families to graduate from high school and to go on to college. Some students have triumphed over tough challenges: serious injuries, life-threatening illnesses, severe disabilities, extreme poverty, loss of loved ones and other difficulties that could impair their education. Some have excelled academically despite incredible odds.
The Foundation provides school uniforms to needy students through Operation School Bell of the Assistance League of Long Beach. This program makes sure that students whose families cannot afford proper clothing are dressed for academic success.
Thanks to the Foundation, dozens of teachers receive classroom grants for their innovative projects to increase student performance. The Foundation provides additional classroom grants for literacy, field trips and other classroom needs.
The Foundation improves education in dozens of other ways. Scholarships in Escrow are awarded to promising eighth graders who agree to take challenging college prep courses and complete high school. When they enroll in college, they receive a $500 scholarship. Musical instruments are provided for students who cannot afford them.
More than simply giving to a charity, donors are concentrating their contributions where they will do the most good for schools and children.