[BHS Etree] BHSDG: January Newsletter

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Mon Jan 21 18:22:50 PST 2019

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Berkeley High School Development Group (BHSDG) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit foundation run by a group of parents and students, whose sole mission is to strengthen the educational experience of every Berkeley High School Student. To learn more about us, please scroll down to the bottom of the page, or visit our website: http://bhsdg.org/wp/


Many thanks to all of you who were inspired by our work to make a donation to the BHSDG! December brought a flurry of generous gifts; we have raised $149,818 in general funds so far this year. Please keep it coming! No gift is too small or too large; every bit counts in our efforts to support all of our students.

EXCITING NEWS IN UPCOMING EVENTS: Hoo boy, do we have an exciting guest speaker planned for this year's Business Partners and Friends lunch for this coming Spring. Michael Lewis, author of the new bestseller The Fifth Risk, as well as Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side, (and yes, a BHS parent!) has agreed to join us in a conversation with BHS parent Claire Ferrari. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th at Revival Bar and Kitchen. Stay tuned for more details!

HIGHLIGHTS OF GRANTS APPROVED IN JANUARY: For the month of January, the Development Group allocated over $3,650 in grants. Highlights include:

Field Trip for U9 Leap Students to Cal State East Bay - $850

Transportation for 100 students to tour the campus and get an introduction to college life

Subscription for Online Reading Fluency Program - $1,300

55 licenses for an online reading fluency program to help students with learning disabilities prepare to move into mainstream classroom

Subscription to Multilingual Program - $230

Online program with multimedia resources for multilingual students

Who and What is Berkeley High School Development Group? The BHSDG is a group of parent and student volunteers; our mission is to strengthen the educational experience of every Berkeley High School student. We strive for equity. We fund grants which benefit our school community and raise the funds to support this work. We meet on the first Monday of each month (rescheduled as needed to accommodate holidays and school breaks) from September through June, consider grant proposals and work on ways to raise the funds to support them. We are a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; all donations to the BHSDG are tax deductible. Our next board meeting will be: Monday, February 4th from 7:00-9:00 pm in the College Career Center. Visitors and new members are welcome!

In a typical year, BHSDG receives around $500,000 in donations: $250K in gifts to the general fund, and $250K in "restricted" funds (gifts specifically designated for a learning community or program - like AC, BIHS, Science, Universal 9th Grade, Band and Orchestra). Most of our donations come from BHS community members - like you!

The Development Group accepts grant proposals from all Berkeley High School (BHS), Berkeley Technology Academy (BTA), and Independent Studies (IS) teachers, students, and staff on a monthly basis. (Deadline: 15th of each month for consideration at the next Board meeting.) Students and Staff - if you have a great idea, submit a grant proposal!

To learn more about BHSDG, or to make a donation, please visit our webpage at http://bhsdg.org/wp/

This year's BHSDG Board: Rosa Luevano and Jessica Hilton, Co-Presidents. Jennifer Morgan, V.P. Colleen Burns and Nishat Sheikh, Student Reps. Lynne Yee, Treasurer. Christopher Cherney, Secretary. Catherine Betts; Robin Claire Barnes; Erin Branagan; Angel Ciangi; Laurel Coates; Lisa Craypo; Deb Durant; Edward Dua; Michelle Ferrari; Stephen Paik; Sarah Rose; Anne Schonfield; Christine Staples; Julie Weitz; and Orlando Williams.

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