At a time, when we seem to be unable to constructively navigate through conflicts at the international, national, and local level, some experts are pushing for a radical solution: teaching empathy in schools.
In 2012, 33% of district students completed the FAFSA by the March 2nd priority deadline. In 2016, we are pleased to report that sixty-seven percent of district seniors completed their FAFSA or
California Dream Application by the priority deadline. This is the
highest completion rate the district has achieved.
For many children, but especially children of low-income families, summer can be boring, and a time of inactivity and isolation. Kids can’t play outside if their neighborhoods aren’t safe and without playgrounds or open spaces. For communities like Richmond, this “break” means a break in learning. Due to unequal access to summer learning and enrichment opportunities most students not only stop learning, they lose what they have learned through out the year. This summer learning loss is a significant factor in the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers.
We thank and stand in awe of every educator who works daily on behalf of our students. I hope that you will join me in saluting these five teachers and every educator in our district.
The Ed Fund is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a bequest from Ms. Bernice Bell. Ms. Bell served for many years as an educator with the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
As the cost of attending college continues to rise, the challenge in securing a sufficient amount of financial aid also increases. Scholarships, public sources of financial aid, and other financial aid vehicles will, by necessity, continue to fund the cost of higher education.
This month, high school seniors will begin their final semester of school. As these students eagerly prepare to graduate and look ahead to college, they will face a most daunting challenge. How will they pay for a college education?
As the new year approaches, I wanted to share with you the impact supporters like you have allowed us to make this year in support of public education in West Contra Costa County. We would not have been able to achieve these accomplishments without your generous support.
As a single parent raising two African American males in Richmond, I feared for the future of my son LaVontae. As a single mother I knew if I didn’t stay focused, my dream and LaVontae’s dream of attending college would never become a reality.
Autumn heralds the start of a fresh new school year full of possibilities. For our scholars, it is the beginning of the next chapter in their lives as they get settled into their college studies. Throughout their first year of college, our scholars will be sharing their experiences with us. I am pleased to share some of their excerpts in this newsletter to give you a taste of what they’re going through first hand.