The Bagelry, Santa Cruz Hydroponics & Wells Fargo
Bay Federal Credit Union, Moriarty Roofing, new leaf community markets, & santa cruz county bank
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation launched its Community and Business Supporter Program in September and is very pleased to announce that three businesses have joined at the Gold-Level, four at the Silver-Level and five at the Bronze-Level.
The program benefits schools by supporting a wide variety of Education Foundation-supported programs covering academics, arts, music, science and more. Schools benefiting from the program include Bay View Elementary, DeLaveaga Elementary, Gault Elementary, Westlake Elementary, Mission Hill Middle, Branciforte Middle, Harbor High, Santa Cruz High, Soquel High, Branciforte Small Schools and Delta Charter School.
“We are very excited to be the first gold-level supporter of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. As a local business, we support our community and hope that other businesses follow! By contributing to our local schools, we are helping to ensure the success of our local kids. We want to give back and promote growth in the community that has supported us for 13 years. It’s a win win.” Eric Shedlarski, CEO of Gardening Unlimited and President of Santa Cruz Hydroponics and Organics
A full list of all businesses who have joined the program can be found on the Santa Cruz Education Foundation’s homepage.
Specific programs supported (partial list):
- AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination college readiness for at-risk students
- Outdoor Science School: We ensure that every 5th grader has the opportunity for a week of hands‐on learning at residential science camp.
- Watershed Education: 5th graders deepen their knowledge by submersing themselves in hands-on science at the waters edge of our rivers and reservoir.
- El Sistema Santa Cruz: Afterschool orchestra program for elementary school.
- Middle School Arts Academies: Taught by community professionals from the community, middle school students explore theater arts, bicycle maintenance, making flutes by hand, science experimentation, engineering and more.
- Visual and Performing Arts Funding: Direct support to visual arts and music programs at all of our schools.
- Student Art Displays: Children’s Art Exhibition Series at Santa Cruz City Hall & mosaics on city bridges.
- Playworks: Recess coaching program that gets students active and moving, promotes positive, inclusive play and teaches simple, effective conflict resolution tools.
- Life Lab Garden Classrooms: Students learn about science and nature, good nutrition and the joy of eating fresh produce.
- Food What?! Farmers Markets: Farmers Markets located at Gault & Bay View staffed by students from the Food What?! program. Many of these interns are former Gault & Bay View students, serving their neighbors with high quality, affordable, organic produce.
Benefits of becoming a Santa Cruz Education Foundation Community & Business Supporter include:
- The community benefits from the investment in public education.
- The Santa Cruz Education Foundations helps businesses access to a key Santa Cruz demographic: families with children.
- Affiliation with a respected organization supporting public education acknowledges the business’ philanthropy.
- Information about business partners will reach over 11,000 unique subscribers through the Santa Cruz Education Foundation Eddy email newsletters.
- The Santa Cruz Education Foundation has more than 2,000 unique website visitors each month (driven by frequent targeted news & event stories) who will see the business partners’ support for local schools.
The Demographic Reach of Contributions and Partnering with the Santa Cruz Education Foundation:
- 10 schools serving 7,000 students in Kindergarten through High School along with their families, teachers and staff
- Residents from Davenport to Capitola, with additional readers throughout the county
- Educators, elected officials, grandparents, business leaders and professionals countywide, concentrated in Santa Cruz, Davenport, Live Oak, Happy Valley, Capitola, Soquel
Information about the joining the program can be found on the foundation’s webpage devoted to the program.