MDUSD kids and educators
need your help
As you know, the 2020-2021 school year is beginning with 100% distance learning for most students. This presents unprecedented challenges for students, families and teachers. The MDUSD Education Foundation stands ready to assist with remote-accessible programs and technologies to help students maximize their learning potential. . . wherever they are. From Chromebooks to at-home art kits to a fully-funded district elementary science program adaptable to remote learning, the foundation is making a difference.
But this only happens with your support! As we partner with the school district to determine key needs for this unique school year, we ask for your help in fulfilling those needs. From all of us at the foundation, thank you!
Imagine if… every elementary school student had access to enriching art, science, and robotics; every middle school student learned a second language; and every high school student could take all of the classes he or she needs, from AP Computer Science to Construction Management.
"I just wanted to thank you for all your work. A lot of times, foundations do amazing work that I might not be the receiving end of- and that's okay! However your organization is small enough to be able to hear what teachers/students need, generous enough to make big donations, and enthusiastic enough to get it done!
"Thank you for donating in the past for Art in Action! The lessons are hard but it pushes me to do hard art lessons. Being able to have the supplies took all the planning and buying out of the situation. Thank you!
"Also, thank you for getting chromebooks to students- during distance learning. This was their lifeline into the classroom! Thank you for sending out surveys asking teachers what would be most beneficial. We appreciate it!
"Mystery Science is a program I have used for multiple years and love it! Students are always excited for science lessons! Mystery Doug and the videos he ties in are very engaging. You can tell he was a teacher in a classroom on how he designs his lessons. His directions are very organized. Students remember key words and vocabulary through his lessons. We luckily have had Mystery Science paid through our school for a few years, but with budget cuts, it is always unknown what would be paid for and what teachers would have to purchase. I was excited to see that Mystery Science is now available to all schools in MDUSD!
- Rebecca Campos,
Fourth Grade Teacher, Hidden Valley Elementary
"The US Constitution calls for us to 'form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.'
I cannot think of another public institution that so instills these values as much as our public education system.
However, my observation over decades has been that we cannot rely only upon taxes and fees to fully fund our schools. Local voluntary funding, well-directed, can help to weave a more complete fabric that serves the needs of our students.
I do not have children but I want to pay forward to protect public education, as the successful students of that system will be needed to protect me in the future."
- Bob Brittain
“To promote excellence in the educational experience of students who attend schools governed or authorized by the Mount Diablo Unified School District.”
Sponsor educational opportunities that foster a culture of excellence and inclusion in all MDUSD schools.
Provide funds and resources for K-12 educational activities beyond the standard curriculum including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math).
Collaborate with businesses and/or trades for alternative educational or vocational career technical experiences for students.
what we do
check us out!
We are a group of parents, teachers, staff, businesses and community members who came together in 2017 to ensure that every child in our district has access to quality education, regardless of zip code. We believe that all children are “our children.” Current state funding of public schools is not adequate to prepare all students for a global economy. We strive to make up the difference.
Imagine if… every elementary school student had access to enriching art, every middle school student could experience the opportunities available to them in the sciences, and every high schooler had the opportunity to engage in meaningful STEM programs, including robotics and computer science. Join us, and you can help as we continue to turn this vision into reality!
The MDUSD Education Foundation provides STEAM-related enrichment opportunities to over 30,000 students in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, no matter which school they attend. We work in close collaboration with teachers, principals, and the school district while engaging the community at large to help bring new opportunities to students both inside and outside the classroom.
In two and half years, the foundation has funded and coordinated a very popular district-wide outdoor chalk art program with renowned local artist Mark Wagner. This nearly-completed project will set a new Guinness record for the World’s Largest Illustrated Story, featuring brilliant, student-created, larger-than-life mascots from each elementary school. We’ve rolled out Art in Action, a hands-on art history experience for younger students. We’ve sent thousands of middle schoolers from multiple campuses on field trips to the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland to learn “How to be an Astronaut on Mars.” Among other programs, the foundation has also actively supported Project Lead the Way technology and science initiatives at our high schools, placing critical STEM tools into the hand of tomorrow’s leaders.
We encourage you to explore our site, read our annual report, and view a recent KPIX Channel 5 story about one of the foundation's projects. Like what you see? Please consider donating and help us make a difference! We are grateful for your support.
Board of Directors
President — Mary Gray
Vice President for
Marketing — Frith O’Steen
Programs — Jessica Clark
Secretary — Bridget Billeter
Treasurer — Matt Lovett
Financial Secretary — Sherry Whitmarsh
Volunteer Coordinator — Rachel Del Carlo Levy
Ernie de Trinidad
Dr. Adam Clark
Directors, appointed advisers, committee chairs and committee members shall receive no compensation other than standard, pre-approved reimbursement for routine expenses. The Foundation will have no employees, but will contract for services with a certified public accountant and legal counsel as necessary, and/or with outside service providers.
This nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes and is not organized for the private gain of any person. The Foundation raises funds to help pay for a variety of programs that support student learning. The Foundation does not rent or sell its donor list. Legal name: MDUSD Education Foundation. Nonprofit Tax ID 82-3039803.