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$175K In Grants Given To Area Schools From Wells Fargo Donation

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Wells Fargo announced Friday that $175,000 in grants were given to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation to disperse among local teachers in Santa Clara County for classroom projects and field trips above and beyond what their schools are able to fund.

School district recipients included those in: Oak Grove; East Side; Alum Rock; Berryessa; San Jose; Campbell; Milpitas; Union; Gilroy; Santa Clara; Evergreen; Los Altos; Luther Burbank; Franklin-Mckinley; Moreland; and Orchard. 

The classroom grants will provide equipment and materials for the classroom and field trip grants provide real-world experiences to ignite students’ passion for learning.

Wells Fargo and the SVEF joined forces to have an impact on the education of middle school students by giving teachers and students opportunities for learning that the regular school budget cannot provide.

The average teacher spends more than $1,000 out of pocket per year for their students, according to bank officials. Wells Fargo and SVEF want to support teachers in their efforts. 

“By providing funding directly to teachers we are helping them make their great ideas come to life,” said Jeff Rademann, Santa Clara Valley president for Wells Fargo. “What is most important is that the funds go where it matters the most -– right into the classrooms with the students.” 

SVEF is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. Its mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. 

 “Thanks to the generosity of Wells Fargo, hundreds of students are provided a rich experience like this one that they would not otherwise have,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “It is especially exciting to see students take what they’ve talked about in class and studied on paper and test it in the real world.”       
 
Wells Fargo has donated more than $13.3 million to schools and nonprofit organizations for educational purposes in the Bay Area since 2009. 

Details provided by Wells Fargo.

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