News 2016

Be a Challenge Grant sponsor!

August 14, 2016

Millbrae Education Foundation is seeking Challenge Grant sponsors to kick off our annual campaign, and for the first time, our Challenge Grant supporters will also receive major recognition at our all-schools Walk-a-Thon in January! Contact us to get started!


2016-17 CHALLENGE GRANT SPONSOR LEVELS

All-year recognition runs from August 2016 – July 2017

Walk-a-Thon takes place in January 2017


Superintendent (limited to one sponsor on first response basis): $10,000+

Largest logo on all-year banners and signs around Millbrae and at all schools

Prominent logo inclusion on our website and social media

Recognition on MEF-funded program materials (such as Winter and Spring school concerts)

Logo at top of Walk-a-Thon t-shirts

Title sponsorship logo on all Walk-a-Thon materials, distributed to every family in the district


Principals: $5,000 – $9,999

Large logo on all-year banners and signs around Millbrae and at all schools

Prominent logo inclusion on our website and social media

Recognition on program-related materials (such as Winter and Spring school concerts)

Logo on Walk-a-Thon t-shirts


Honor Roll: $2,500 – $4,999

Logo on all-year banners and signs around Millbrae and at all schools

Logo inclusion on our website and social media

Recognition on program-related materials (such as Winter and Spring school concerts)

Logo on Walk-a-Thon t-shirts


Scholars: $1,000 – $2,499

Name on all-year banners and signs around Millbrae and at all schools

Name on our website and social media

Recognition on program-related materials (such as Winter and Spring school concerts)

Name on Walk-a-Thon t-shirts


Friends of Education: $500 – $999

Name on all-year banners and signs around Millbrae and at all schools

Name on our website and social media

Name on Walk-a-Thon t-shirts

On May 3, Millbrae Comes Together for Public Schools

May 1, 2016

Millbrae, CA: On May 3, the Millbrae Education Foundation is holding a city-wide event in support of their public school system. MEF marks its second year participating in Silicon Valley Gives (a 24-hour regional day of giving connects nonprofits to grants and prize money) with Millbrae Night Out.

A chance to bring the entire school district and city together, Millbrae Night Out takes place from 11am-11pm at nine businesses around Millbrae. Participating businesses will give a portion of their day’s sale to MEF when the customer presents a voucher, available at MillbraeKids.org and at the evening’s central hub at Bacchus Wine Shop (Hillcrest at Broadway).

In addition, MEF is asking that all district families who have not made their full annual donation do so on May 3. Community members, extended family, and others who want to make a positive impact for 2,700 public school students can also contribute at least $10 to help the district win bonus money for having the highest number of individual donors. MEF won $10,000 last year in that category by just a handful of donors, and more money is available this year through Silicon Valley Gives.

“Absolutely every donation made to us on May 3 makes a significant difference, as we strive to reach our $400,000 fiscal-year goal for improved education district-wide,” said Christine Taylor, Millbrae Education Foundation President.

“Underfunding is a vital issue for the Millbrae School District in particular. The increasing cost of living does not translate into more money for our district, and we remain grossly underfunded even by California standards. The average annual per-student expenditure in the United States is $11,841; the average in California is $8,339; and for our own district it is a shockingly low $6,462,” said Taylor. “That’s not an adequate amount in the 21st century, and strong participation on May 3 will make a tangible difference to our students’ education in 2016-17.”

Donations made through MillbraeKids.org from midnight-11:59pm on Tuesday, May 3, count for Silicon Valley Gives matching grants and prize money. Millbrae Night Out vouchers and list of participating business are available at MillbraeKids.org.

Millbrae Education Foundation is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit directly funding programs for students TK-8 in five public schools.

Silicon Valley Gives 2016

April 28, 2016

Help our schools win money during Silicon Valley Gives on May 3, and celebrate all over Millbrae from 11am-11pm. Money donated and won on May 3 improves education district-wide in 2016-17.

April 23: MEF TIME at Millbrae Library

April 18, 2016

Families, Community & Friends,

You’re invited to our first-time-ever MEF TIME at the Millbrae Library on Saturday April 23, 11am-2pm! Come celebrate the music and technology programs MEF funds at Millbrae’s public schools. Don’t miss this free afternoon of hands-on tech demonstrations, student music performances, crafts, snacks, and fun. Open to the public.

11:00a-2:00p (all day)

Community Room – Snacks, drinks and crafts provided by Millbrae Education Foundation volunteers and the Friends of the Millbrae Library.

Children’s Room – Play on elementary school classroom instruments and see student music compositions.

11:00am

♫ Library Entrance – Taylor Band Flashmob

⌽ Computer Lab – Taylor Middle School student-led tech demos

⌽ Homework Center – Girls Who Code interactive demo

11:20am

♫ Farris Reading Room – Griffendorks Music Ensemble

11:30am

♫ Community Room – Trumpets-A-Plenty Trio

12:00-2:00pm

⌽ Computer lab – Play on computers with the educational programs our elementary students use. Explore k-5 student projects.

⌽ Homework Center – Explore Taylor Middle school student projects. Try out a 3D printer. INTERACTIVE

12:00pm

♫ Community Room – Orchestra

12:30pm

♫ Library Entrance – Community Boomwhacker Performance

♫ Farris Reading Room – Flute People

12:40pm

♫ Farris Reading Room – Cosmic Pigeons Clarinet Duo

1:00pm

♫ Children’s Room – Write your own Rain Song activity with classroom instruments.

♫ Library Entrance – Jazz Band

1:30pm

♫ 1:30 Shooting Stars Clarinet Duo

♫ 1:40 Pushurtles Woodwind Ensemble

Seeking Sponsors: Deadline April 1

March 14, 2016

Millbrae Education Foundation joins Silicon Valley Gives on May 3

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS AND HELP US FUND MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY FOR 2,700 PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS! For $0 – $1000+, we invite sponsors to support music and technology in our 5 public schools while visibly promoting your business with a 100% tax-deductible sponsorship of the Millbrae Education Foundation through our Silicon Valley Gives & Millbrae Night Out event on May 3.

Matching Grant sponsors will be publicly recognized from San Francisco to San Jose, with major recognition throughout Millbrae and directly to our district families.

Please see our sponsorship letter for more details on this and other levels of support, and email MEF President Christine Taylor or fill out the form below to become part of the sponsorship team!

May 3: MEF joins Silicon Valley Gives!

March 11, 2016

On May 3, the Millbrae Education Foundation joins Silicon Valley Gives (a 24-hour regional day of giving sponsored by Microsoft) and businesses all over Millbrae to fund the music and technology programs at Millbrae’s 5 public schools. The big day will include MEF’s Night Out and public performances from our Taylor band students.

BUSINESS OWNERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS: Become a matching grantor, and your name will be promoted through Silicon Valley Gives, regional media, MEF, in our schools, and all over the City of Millbrae! Find out more. Deadline is April 1.

Last year, MEF was the medium-sized nonprofit with the HIGHEST NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL DONORS out of 84 participating organizations. Let’s do it again this year, and give our students the best public school education in the Bay Area!

Kinder Info Night & LCAP Fair

January 21, 2016

Tonight (January 21), MEF will be at the Millbrae School District’s TK/Kindergarten Information Night (6-7pm) and District LCAP Fair (7-8pm) at the Shea Center at Taylor Middle School. Millbrae District lead administrators and teachers will share information regarding their annual update on our District’s LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) goals and action plans.

If you can’t make it, here’s an 2015-16 MEF overview for our new families.

No Barnes & Noble Book Fair

November 25, 2015

A few of our schools’ newsletters have announced our annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair, as we have been holding this event for several years. However, this year, MEF is not holding the B&N book fair. There are 3 primary reasons for the change:

  1. PTAs each have book fairs and we don’t wish to overlap — we’re all on the same team;
  2. B&N Book Fair raises only about 0.5% of MEF’s annual budget with a huge amount of volunteer time; and
  3. MEF is committed to reducing district-wide fundraising fatigue with just 2 fundraisers for 2015-16 (our hugely successful Walk-a-Thon/Donation Days which took place on October 4, and the upcoming MEF Night Out/Silicon Valley Gives event on May 3, 2016).

MEF hopes to provide our music students with a public city-based performance opportunity at MEF Night Out/Silicon Valley Gives on May 3. In the meantime, please support your PTA’s book fair, or shop online with Amazon using our link to help fund music & technology in our 5 schools!