Community Impact: Building relationships & enriching lives

SEF does many things that enrich student’s lives, but if I have to share the one thing it would be providing students with a variety of hands-on experiences.

1. Why do you support SEF?

Darci Coppolo, Assistant principal at Jefferson Middle supports SEF

Darci Coppolo, Jefferson Middle School Assistant Principal

I support SEF for its ongoing philosophy of ensuring that all students have the opportunity to be a part of building strong relationships within our community. It is lovely to see the positive impact on our students. SEF continuously provides opportunities for students, teachers, and community members to engage in activities and experiences that promote, building relationships, life skills, literacy, social-emotional awareness, and many other series of activities and workshops.

2.  In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives? 

SEF does many things that enrich student’s lives, but if I have to share the one thing it would be providing students with a variety of hands-on experiences. Experiences that provide opportunities to build on their own skills and interests.

Community Impact: SEF brings sweet music to students

San Gabriel schools were good to us, so in return, I feel the need to continue to support such a wonderful organization that helps shape the young minds of San Gabriel.

1. Why do you support SEF?

Dena Dragoo, Wilson Elementary Teacher and SGTA President supports SEF in order to support her San Gabriel community

Dena Dragoo, Wilson Elementary School Teacher and SGTA President

I grew up in the city of San Gabriel and our family owned a home on Willard Avenue for more than 40 years. This community is extremely near and dear to my heart and always will be.

I can remember roller skating through the halls of Wilson Elementary and playing softball with my team at Sunnyslope on Broadway. So many of my friends have fond memories of this city and continue to do so.

Many times, I am asked by SG alumni if I can swing by an elementary school and pick up a couple school t-shirts for old time sake. San Gabriel schools were good to us, so in return, I feel the need to continue to support such a wonderful organization that helps shape the young minds of San Gabriel.

2. In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students lives?

The San Gabriel Educational Foundation provides opportunities for our students that may not have ever been possible. School assemblies can cost upwards of $1,000 and are a luxury that not all public schools can afford to maintain. School sites do not have the expendable cash to fund these assemblies and this is one area that often gets ignored. Therefore, I am always grateful when SEF schedules an assembly for our students.

Over the years, SEF has brought many amazing assemblies to our schools and has enriched our student’s lives. I can especially recall one assembly that was hugely entertaining and enjoyable for all.

SEF had arranged for a barbershop quartet to come to all of our elementary schools. I remember seeing firsthand the smiles on the children’s faces when the singers were performing. This was also greatly beneficial because after each song they taught the students about four-part harmony and the meaning of singing Capella. I think most students and faculty would agree that a good time was had by all!

Community Impact: Breathing life into education

SEF dives deep into our district needs and adds a touch of life into our student’s educational journey.

1. Why do you support SEF?

Sandra Dunville, Washington Elementary Principal supports SEF's work in the district

Sandra Dunville, Washington Elementary Principal

I support SEF because this organization is an integral community partnership that supports San Gabriel schools in grades TK-12. SEF has brought many programs and opportunities to our district providing a multitude of ways students can learn, feel connected and enjoy their educational experience.

For example, Washington Elementary School has benefited from our SEF collaboration last year via the Book Giveaways and Author Series Presentations. How fortunate we were to have published author, Julie Berry, visit our school, read her book, and speak to the children in an open forum about a career in becoming an author and illustrator and open up about her journey in writing! Not to mention, whenever you can put a book into the hands of children, the reward is abundant. The magical moment of them leaving campus and showing their parent the book they received is awesome.

2. In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students lives?

SEF dives deep into our district needs and adds a touch of life into our student’s educational journey. Children have many interests that go beyond what can be taught in a classroom setting. This is where SEF shines. It allows an additional learning opportunity for students who enjoy the freedom to explore and discover who they are. SEF offers experiences to students that will be cemented into their memory as fun and meaningful. I look forward to learning how SEF will continue to augment the growth of the students in our district.

Community Impact: An energetic commitment to a quality education

SEF does the most work, gives the most back to children, and finds creative solutions to any barrier.

1. Why do you support SEF?

Children's Author, Julie Berry supports SEF because it enriches students' lives and education

Children’s Author, Julie Berry

SEF stands out among the many schools and educational foundations I work with nationwide for its energetic commitment to enriching its students’ lives and learning experiences. SEF does the most work, gives the most back to children, and finds creative solutions to any barrier. San Gabriel students may not realize how lucky they are to have SEF in their corner.

2.  In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives? 

I can’t help but love how hard SEF works to put books in kids’ hands. It’s been wonderful to see their enthusiasm for getting kids reading and writing, and their generosity in supplying books to classrooms and to kids who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

Community Impact: Contributing to “the San Gabriel Experience”

SEF continues to raise funds for the sole purpose of supporting our own students. That’s an excellent cause we can all stand behind.

1. Why do you support SEF?

Alex Herreria Assistant Principal at McKinley Elementary supports SEF's work to bring unique assemblies to all SGUSD schools

Alex Herreria, Assistant Principal, McKinley Elementary

I’ve always supported SEF because they have continued give back to the San Gabriel community. SEF’s main priority is to offer our students enrichment.

It may look different at various grade levels. It can be providing an extra teacher for art or cooking class. It could be purchasing recorders for our entire group of 4th grade students. It can be providing outfits for the arts program at the high school. Guest authors would often visit our multiple school sites share their craft and personal stories.

2. In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives?

SEF contributes to what we call “the San Gabriel Experience.” They add some sparkle to the children’s lives. They allow kids to participate in programs they might not have access to.

The SEF Summer Enrichment program, for example, was something I was able to personally be a part of for several years. I was Admin for both campuses elementary and middle school. They offered classes in robotics, debate, cooking, art, math, video game design, etc. Every year, we listened to feedback, looked for classes that would gain student interest, and worked diligently to make it a bigger and more improved program. That is the one thing I was happy to take part in.

Community Impact: A Strong Community Network Benefits Students

SEF offers programs that promotes the diverse population we serve in our community.

1. Why do you support SEF?

Diane Tse supports SEF because it builds a stronger community network among schools, businesses and parents

Diane Tse, Jefferson Middle School, Teacher

I support SEF because it builds a stronger community between our schools, city businesses and our local residents. Through various fund-raising events and the generous donations of private citizens and businesses, SEF is able to provide extra curricular activities and enrichment programs for our students.

2. In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives?

SEF provides enrichment opportunities for our students across all grades. Students can participate in programs that will enhance their individual growth and interest. In addition, SEF offers programs that promotes the diverse population we serve in our community.