School News Article February, 2011
The Fountain Valley Educational Foundation began the year by holding our meeting at the Science Works warehouse in Huntington Beach. The FVEF is proud to be one of the sponsors of the program, whose district funding was severely cut last spring. FVEF Board Member and Science Works Coordinator, Susie Crandall, hosted the event and led the group on a tour of the facility. She presented statistics that showed dramatic improvement in FVSD Science scores since the program began five years ago. The staff assembles and ships hands-on science kits for five different school districts, including 5,000 for FVSD students alone. Each student has the opportunity to conduct over a dozen experiments per year at a cost per student of a mere $15 per year.
A special community committee, working through the FVEF, hosted the concert “Fountain Valley Music Live” at the Huntington Beach High School Auditorium on January 29. Featuring talent from the Fountain Valley area, the program included everything from professional pianists, orchestra musicians, classical singers, pop vocalists, rock groups, and jazz bands. The community response was great and we are grateful to those who sponsored the event. We applaud the concert committee for successfully raising enough money to sustain before and after school instrumental music for another year (another program whose district funding was eliminated last spring).
Upcoming FVEF events include three big student showcase concerts for Orchestra, Band, and Vocal Music, a 5k Fun Run at Mile Square Park, Teacher Grants and our Teacher “Tribute” program, as well as, our Spring Membership Drive. For more information about foundation activities and our amazing upcoming Festival of the Arts Concerts, visit our website at: www.fvef.org.Carla Neeld
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