The Schools Fund Blog

Mr. Mac Explores the Meaning of Life

Robert MacCarthy’s classroom at Willard is packed with personality. Mannequins display messy wigs, student work tiles the walls, a disco ball dances from the ceiling. The place is high energy, high humor, and high inspiration. Stepping into his classroom, one instantly feels motivated to learn more. This semester Mr. MacCarthy (aka Mr. Mac) is implementing […]

Getting in the Zone: Hilary Mitchell’s World of Hip Hop

“Get in the zone, people!” Sixty fourth and fifth graders are lined up in imperfect rows in the Washington cafeteria. Younger students look on, snacking on apples and doing their homework. It’s an energetic space, full of elementary student chitchat and fidgeting. When we come through you know we shut it down! Beats bust through […]

A Look Back at 2015

Posted on December 15th 2015 in About the Schools Fund, Behind the Scenes, Events, Grants, Volunteers

As we reflect on the past year, it’s clear that 2015 was a huge year for Berkeley Public Schools Fund. We saw big changes in our office, achieved major organization goals, and increased our support for Berkeley schools. It’s a gratifying process to look back, and we’re even more excited to see what 2016 has […]

Berkeley Half Marathon: Year Three!

The morning of November 22 was a little chilly. Heading into Civic Center Park, one could observe runners warming up in short bursts, hopping up and down, stretching. People were friendly, surprisingly calm before embarking on a 13.2-mile run. We packed the Berkeley Public Schools Fund booth with lots of treats: temporary tattoos, paper medals […]

Be a Scientist: Year One Recap

Posted on October 19th 2015 in General

Last year the Schools Fund provided a $12,264 Strategic Impact Grant for Be a Scientist, a new pilot program bringing UC Berkeley faculty and graduate and post-doc science students into all 7th grade classrooms at King Middle School. These scientists guided students through the process of designing, conducting, and presenting a scientific investigation of students’ […]

Camp Sudo Final Presentations

Posted on August 10th 2015 in Grants

On the last day of July, Schools Fund staff had the opportunity to witness something very special. Fourteen Berkeley high school students, their families, and their mentors gathered in the multipurpose room of the Berkeley Adult School for a “Demo Day” (four days before the “Demo Day” held at the White House). Group by group, […]

The Power of Words: Our Experiences with LitPals

Posted on July 22nd 2015 in Behind the Scenes, Volunteers

We’re kind of old school at the Schools Fund. We love to check our “snail mail”. Yes, it’s time to get away from our desks and take a walk in the neighborhood, but it also offers the potential for a letter from a LitPal! Director of Volunteers, Ariana Cohen, and Grants and Communications Coordinator, Laura […]

Growing Connections Through the Berkeley Half Marathon

The Berkeley Public Schools Fund has been an official charity for the Berkeley Half Marathon since the race’s first year in 2013. We love this community event—it gets better every year! Team Schools Fund has been comprised of about 80 runners each year, runners who are passionate about education and supporting schools throughout BUSD. Our […]