The Power of Your Support

When you support the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, you help meet basic needs for students and families in order to foster safety and belonging so that our students develop a love of learning. And in doing so, you make a difference for all students across our entire District. Take a look at our 2022-23 grants here.

This year, the Schools Fund turns 40, and in four decades we’ve never felt more positive and hopeful about the power of your support.

Life-Changing Opportunities For Students

Black Girls United is about creating a culture and climate of solidarity among black girls on campus. “It’s about empowering one another, having a safe space for each other, and having a place where we can be expressive and talk about issues that just relate to Black girls. This is the place where we can be seen and loved – where we belong.” Click to Read More

This new model for emotional support and connection at Berkeley High provides teachers with a stipend, tools, and guidance to lead weekly affinity/support groups for students, which they co-create with the students themselves. What ensues is Berkeley High students discovering their people, sharing their stories, and ultimately, finding their voice. Click to Read More

This year the Schools Fund partnered with BUSD’s Career Technical Education program to offer students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM career fields 4 weeks of Berkeley Maker Camp, a summer camp for 150 rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Students and parents alike were grateful for this powerful opportunity. Click to Read More

The Vital Role of Volunteers  

Celia (Xinyu) Wei wears her lanyard with pride: on one side is her BSV Volunteer Name Badge and on the other side is her Cal Student ID card. As an emergent researcher, Celia is interested in helping students better understand math concepts by using “culturally-grounded math tools.” In this case, her math tool of choice is the abacus. Click to Read More

Jean Fichtenkort and Patricia Price have delivered meals and groceries to BUSD families since early in the pandemic. Through the Schools Fund’s School Support Volunteer program, they continue to make a powerful difference for families in the District. Click to Read More

Equitable Public Schools:
For the Wellbeing of Berkeley