The Foundation of educational excellence in Irvine
It’s been a rewarding few weeks for Irvine’s public schools. Measure E passed with some 60 percent of eligible voters voting in support of a bond issuance of up to $319 million to modernize 28 aging schools in the Irvine Unified School District. The two newest and most technologically advanced schools in the IUSD, Beacon Park School and Portola High School, are nearing completion in advance of the first day of school August 28, and ground was broken for construction of Eastwood Elementary, which will open in August 2017.
While school is out for students and teachers, a key support group for Irvine’s public schools is still hard at work. Irvine Public Schools Foundation raises money and serves students and parents throughout the year. The nonprofit founded in 1996 has contributed more than $50 million to fund critical education programs and classroom support, helping ensure public education in Irvine will continue to be world class.
The IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy is going on now, with programs for students in grades K-12 held at Irvine schools. There’s a strong emphasis on STEAM courses (science, technology, engineering, art and math), along with a wide variety of other fun and challenging classes.
The success of the IPSF would not be possible without the support of parents, volunteers, the community, the city, businesses and major corporations.
Upcoming opportunities to get involved, have fun, and help the cause of excellence in education include the 4th Annual Aces & Athletes Poker charity casino night on July 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Shady Canyon Golf Club. The event draws current and alumni Angels for drinks, dinner, auctions and casino games, all that benefit both IPSF and Angels Baseball Foundation.
And it’s not too early to volunteer to help plan, attend and/or sponsor, the 7th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala. Presented by FivePoint, the event held at KIA Motors Headquarters honors distinguished alumni of the IUSD while raising funds for Irvine classrooms. And this year the evening will also serve to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation.
For more information about the events, or to donate or volunteer to support Irvine schools, go to ipsf.net.