Thank you for joining us at the 2017 Schools Fund Spring Luncheon! The luncheon was a great success thanks to our sponsors and donors who helped us to make this our biggest fundraising event of the year. We also want to extend a special thanks to our honorees who made the luncheon inspiring and truly memorable. You can view the full program here


In recent years, the Schools Fund has worked in partnership with Berkeley middle schools to expand opportunities for more hands-on math and science learning experiences for students. This year’s theme, “Be A Scientist”, celebrated two middle school STEM initiatives and the individuals leading them.

Matt Hinckley, Distinguished Educator. Matt is a science teacher at Longfellow Middle School as well as being the K-8 science teacher “lead” for implementation of the science curriculum. In addition, he has been working closely with the Schools Fund to bring the first Maker Space to the District at Longfellow Middle School for the 2017-18 school year.

Mary Wildermuth, Distinguished Community Partner. Mary is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley and a parent at King Middle School. Mary volunteered her time to develop “Be A Scientist”, a 7th grade science program that brings 200 science “mentors” from UC Berkeley to lead individual students at Berkeley’s three middle schools through a process of science inquiry and investigation.