Every year the Schools Fund both receives and distributes dedicated funds to support an array of unique programs. Funding—which averages around $200,000 a year—comes from within and outside our community, from multiple or single sources, and for specific or broadly-defined purposes. Here are just a few examples of dedicated funds:
Supports classroom grants to K-8 teachers, trips to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for every Berkeley 5th grader, and elementary and middle school science fairs.
This fund is to support arts programming that is under-represented in the schools. In recent years, it has funded the Berkeley Rep Story Builders program in 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms.
This fund is reserved for art projects that go above and beyond BUSD funding for the arts. Diebenkorn funds have helped support classroom grants such as printmaking workshops at Willard, story quilts at John Muir, and photography supplies for Berkeley High.
Focuses on supporting District-wide teacher professional development and strategic interventions for struggling readers.
BUSD Music Districtwide
Supports a variety of activities and needs across BUSD, including the Music in the Schools program of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. There’s also a specific fund that provides scholarships for private music lessons for middle school students. Students that have skill and interest, and qualify as low-income by the District, are identified by District music teachers to receive private lessons to strengthen their musical education and expand opportunity. Currently 10-15 students a year are awarded private music lessons. Donations can be made to the Joffe/Boatwright Fund.
Homeless Student Support
5.6% of Berkeley public school students were homeless in 2012-13. Transient housing affects students’ physical, academic, and social well-being. The Homeless Support Fund provides assistance to help normalize these students’ school experiences.