It is the goal of the board of directors for the Pleasant Valley Education Foundation to resume the Innovation Grants program as a competitive grants program for individual schools and teachers. However, even though the economy is showing improvement, PVEF needs the help and support of generous individual donors and community-oriented businesses to be able to offer it again. For more information, call Sharon Taylor, Executive Director, at 805-444-1989 or Donate Now.
Once again, the board of the Pleasant Valley Education Foundation decided to forgo a competitive grants process and instead awarded the Pleasant Valley School District a $10,000 grant to continue with its pilot "Arts Elective Wheel" program. In 2010-11, Los Primeros School of Sciences and Arts was the site of the test program. In 2011-12, the program expanded to include Las Posas Elementary students.
Pleasant Valley Education Foundation temporarily suspended the Innovation Grants program for the 2009-2010 school year. In these tough economic times, when school budgets have been cut to the bone, PVEF felt that a competitive grant process would not be appropriate.
Instead, PVEF gave a direct grant of $10,000 to the Pleasant Valley School District to establish its "Arts Elective Wheel" pilot program, incorporating vital music and arts education directly into the school curriculum where all children can benefit, instead of as an after-school program. Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School was the first school to begin incorporating this program.
PVEF also gave direct gifts of ELMO cameras and projectors to each of Camarillo's 14 public K-8 schools, spending approximately $25,000 for these important technology enhancements.