Local Schools to Receive $41K from Cabrillo Education Foundation

Funds to be disbursed this evening to district schools in Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Montara and Kings Mountain.

Local schools in the will receive $41,000 in Thursday night, thanks to a disbursement announced this morning by the .

The funds — garnered from individual donors and proceeds from the Starlight Soiree benefit event held earlier this year —will be distributed proportionally as Immediate Use Funds to each of the district's seven schools based on the student population.

"When budgets are tight, we realize every dollar makes a difference,” CEF President Michele Hannegan said.

Schools can use the money for projects and programs which have a direct impact on students, such as school supplies, guest speakers and transportation for field trips, the foundation said. 

“CEF Immediate Use Funds address critical needs that arise during the school year that are often not within our budget. needs CEF to ensure exceptional educational experiences for all students,” Principal Mary Streshly said.

Checks will be handed out to school representatives at tonight's district board meeting at in Half Moon Bay.

School principals and the school site council or the parent/teacher organization will determine how to spend the funds. Within 45 days of receiving the money, each school must report back about the process used to determine how to allocate the money, as well as what the money was spent on, the foundation said.

Funding amounts are as follows:

SCHOOL 2012 Immediate Use Fund Allocations Cunha Intermediate $9,662.66 El Granada Elementary $6,479.67 Farallone View Elementary $5,039.74 Hatch Elementary $7,288.05 Half Moon Bay High $11,102.59 Kings Mountain Elementary $985.21 Pilarcitos Alternative High $442.08 TOTAL $41,000

According to the foundation, CEF has given over $621,275 in Immediate Use Funds to schools in the district since 2003.

"A public education is still free, but an excellent one is not," Streshly concluded.

The Cabrillo Unified School District meets tonight (April 12) at 7 p.m. in the Hatch Elementary School multipurpose room.

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