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Fund: 30 years of boosting, supporting Berkeley schools

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In its 30 years of operation, the Berkeley Public Education Foundation has raised more than $12 million and channeled more than 750,000 volunteer hours straight into Berkeley’s public schools, directly supporting the district’s 550 teachers. On Friday last week, in a single luncheon, it raised another $210,000, honored a select group of educators and administrators, along with a former Berkeley High student, and also marked two significant changes to its organization.

New leadership is in place with the recent appointment of Erin Rhoades as the fund’s executive director. Rhoades, formerly a principal planner for Urban Planning Partners and the executive director of Livable Berkeley, replaced Molly Fraker on April 8.

[View a gallery of photographs of the Schools Fund Spring Luncheon by Emilie Raguso.] … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyan shows lifetime commitment to Red Cross

Norma Perlstein, American Red Cross
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On any given Tuesday, Berkeley resident Norma Perlstein can be found at the front desk of the American Red Cross‘ blood donation center in Oakland.

The 94-year-old has been volunteering for the Red Cross since 1942, when she signed up as a first aid instructor. In the 70 years since, she’s received signed certificates of recognition from presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Education Foundation announces latest grants

BPEF awarded a $7,000 grant last year to purchase 20 high-quality microscopes for King Middle School. Photo: Berkeley Public Education Foundation
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More than 400 Berkeley public school teachers have received nearly $200,000 in grants from the Berkeley Public Education Foundation for 2012-13, the organization announced on Thursday Dec 6. The foundation will celebrate teachers Friday afternoon at a special reception at Northbrae Community Church.

The total number of grants increased this year by 15% to 285. Molly Fraker, director of the nonprofit organization, said in a written statement that it was the highest number of grants the group has ever awarded. (See a full list of the grants here.)

The grants, which are a central program of the education foundation, support educator-initiated projects at every grade, in every school, she said. Teachers can apply either individually or in teams. … Continue reading »

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