Wareham Development announces $1 million commitment to Berkeley Public Schools

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BERKELEY, Calif. - March 13, 2023 - PRLog -- Wareham Development announces $1 million commitment to Berkeley Public Schools to close the opportunity gap in STEM Education.

[Berkeley, CA]—Wareham Development (https://www.warehamdevelopment.com/) will make a $1 million donation over four years to the Berkeley Public Schools Fund to help close the opportunity gap in STEM education for Berkeley students. The Berkeley Unified School District and the Schools Fund will match Wareham's funding and is actively seeking additional private donations to help meet this match.

I believe this is a partnership that can be a model for other California school districts — leveraging Career Technical Education and summer and "extended day" State funding to close the opportunity gap in STEM learning and supercharge post-pandemic learning with support from private sector funds. —Rich Robbins, Wareham Development

The funds will be invested in STEM opportunities "outside of the school day" for Kindergarten through 12th grade students. The package of programs, free to BUSD families, includes:
  • STEM/Maker Summer Camp: A 4-week summer camp for 250 6th-10th graders, plus field trips for campers on weekends during the school year.
  • STEM/Maker Mentors: Paid student internships for 40 11th and 12th graders to serve as mentors in the STEM/Maker Summer Camps.
  • Super Science Saturdays: A weekend STEM enrichment program serving 240 1st-5th graders for 6-week sessions in the fall and spring.
  • Winter and Spring Break Camps: STEM exploration activities will be incorporated into existing kindergarten to 5th grade programming during school recess breaks.

"The partnership with Wareham is truly an example of our mission into action— to inspire our diverse student body to achieve academic excellence and make positive contributions to our world," says BUSD Superintendent Enikia Ford Morthel.

Press release continues: https://www.berkeleypublicschoolsfund.org/press-release/a...

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