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Student T-Shirt Design Contest: Win $250!


CONTEST ENTRY FORMOpen only to Taylor Middle School, Green Hills, Lomita Park, Meadows, and Spring Valley students!

We’re commemorating our first big all-schools-together Walk-a-Thon with keepsake t-shirts, designed by a Millbrae district student! The winning design will be selected by a panel of non-parent judges to be printed on all of the Walk-a-Thon t-shirts. Winner will receive $250 from Provident Credit Union of Millbrae! Deadline for entry is September 10, 2015.

Millbrae Education FoundationStudent T-Shirt Design Contest: Win $250!
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8th Walk-a-Thon: October 4, 2015

Save the date, because this year, it’s going to be BIG!

For the first time, our Walk-a-Thon will show that we are STRONGER TOGETHER as all 5 schools join community and family to support public school education in Millbrae. The big day of food, fun, family, and music takes place at the Taylor Middle School fields and the Caroline Shea Center.

Details to be announced soon!


Millbrae Education Foundation8th Walk-a-Thon: October 4, 2015
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ARCHIVE: June 5, 2015 Update

c3876256-2744-4227-9d6c-da598e22f264MEF currently has $335,000 available to fund programs in September. With just a little more helpelementary music; 5th-grade band; and Taylor & elementary computer/digital education will stay in our district next school year.

THANK YOU to all who have contributed this school year! There’s still time to contribute to ensure these programs in September.

If we want Millbrae’s public schools to improve for our kids, we have to contribute the funds that the State of California does not. Our community & business supporters are encouraging you to donate by June 12 by offering 3 fantastic summer family prizes! 

ONE MARTIAL ARTS of Millbrae is offering a 1.5 hour party for your child and friends! Celebrate end-of-the-school-year, a birthday, or just for fun!

GREAT AMERICA is offering 2 tickets good for any day in the 2015 Season.

GILROY GARDENS Family Theme Park is offering 2 tickets good all summer and until November 2015.

Every district family who made a donation from August 2014 – June 12, 2015, will be entered into the drawing!

Millbrae Education FoundationARCHIVE: June 5, 2015 Update
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ARCHIVE: SV Gives 2015: We won!

We did it, Millbrae‬! Because of your support, MEF was on top of the Medium Nonprofit Board all 24 hours of Silicon Valley Gives! Thank you all for your support! Every donation, share, email, time spent hanging posters … EVERY ONE made a difference!

SV Gives: Millbrae Education Foundation won!

Our 305 donors gave $11,660 yesterday, which earned us $10,750 in bonuses and prize money for our schools from Silicon Valley! That’s $22,410 going to work in our schools this September.

Here are the bonuses & prizes Millbrae Education Foundation donors won for our schools in just 24 hours:

  • Most Unique Donors (overall), Medium Nonprofit prize grant from Silicon Valley Community Foundation: $5,000
  • Bernard A. Newcomb Foundation Power Hour 12-1pm: $2,500
  • Power Hour 5-6pm (from anonymous grantor): $2,500
  • Most Unique Donors (hourly) from Silicon Valley Community Foundation:
    • 6-7am: $250
    • 9-10am: $250
    • 12-1pm: $250

The money we earned during that 24 hours is wonderful for our schools, but more than that … our Most Unique Donors award demonstrates that MILLBRAE CARES ABOUT ITS PUBLIC SCHOOLS! Since we are willing to invest in our schools, corporations are more likely to as well. And, we’re going to do this again next year: May 3, 2016.

If you want to join the team building relationships with Silicon Valley companies, please contact Christine Taylor.


Millbrae Education FoundationARCHIVE: SV Gives 2015: We won!
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ARCHIVE: Walk-a-Thon Total & Winners

Thanks to all of the families who participated in fundraising for the 7th Annual MEF Walk-a-Thon last month, we raised $35,510 for better education in Millbrae’s public schools! So far this school year, families and community supporters have contributed $282,000, which brings us closer to our goal of $350,000 to RETAIN the music and technology programs MEF is currently funding.

If your student raised $50 or more, stop by Provident Credit Union (209 Broadway) to receive a $5 gift card to Nubi! Raffle winners will be announced at each school this week. THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

CONGRATULATIONS to our top-fundraiser winners!

  • GRAND PRIZE (4 premium SF Giants tickets): Emi Le, Green Hills
  • TOP FUNDRAISERS at each school (Principal for a Day)
    • Green Hills: Garren Chew
    • Lomita Park: Yolo Cervantes
    • Meadows: Hannah Fang
    • Spring Valley: Olivia Lee
    • Taylor: Alex Palmeter
    • Ms. Dokos, Spring Valley Elementary

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for the news about Millbrae School District and the programs MEF contributors fund. Thank you for keeping Millbrae schools strong!


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ARCHIVE: 2CDD Total: $21,000 in 2 days

Thanks to all of the families and community supporters who contributed to better education in Millbrae’s public schools during Second Chance Donation Days, MEF raised $21,000 on January 28-29! Special thanks to our volunteers who made this years 2CDD a great success. We literally cannot do it without you!

As of February 5, 2015, we have raised $213,000 towards music and computer education in our public schools for 2015-16. By June 30, 2015, we need to raise the following amounts to reach fundraising benchmarks:

  • $137,000 more ($350,000 total): Retain music and tech programs as-is in 2015-16.
  • $287,000 more ($500,000 total): Expand frequency of music & tech education.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of $40 gift cards to Bacchus Wine Shop!
Whitney Broussard
Raymond YingBing Liu
Tony and Claudia Buttigieg
Juan Hua Liang

Second Chance Donation Days are another opportunity to get our message out and encourage families to support their student’s education. However, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE! One-time and monthly contribution options are available.

Remember, YOUR contribution makes the difference between basic, state-funded education and the 21st century education our kids need.

Millbrae Education FoundationARCHIVE: 2CDD Total: $21,000 in 2 days
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ARCHIVE: Donor List: 1st Half of 2014-15

Thanks to those who have donated so far in the 2014-15 school year (as of January 1)! The list is long, but it still only represents 30% of our families improving education for 100% of our public school students. Take a look at the list, and thank a donor for bringing music and computer education to our schools. Better yet, become a donor today!

Millbrae Education FoundationARCHIVE: Donor List: 1st Half of 2014-15
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ARCHIVE: 2nd Chance Donation Days!


Second Chance Donation Days take place on January 28 & 29 (Wednesday & Thursday) at each of our schools and online. Why is it important for every family to contribute to MEF? On each school day leading up to Donation Days, we’ll highlight 1 of 5 Funding Facts to answer this question.


Only 30% of Millbrae district families have made their MEF contribution this school year. Those families are supporting 100% of our students.

 At this low level of family participation, MEF does not qualify to apply for most music and technology grants. After all, if our own community isn’t stepping up to support education in Millbrae, why should others invest in our students?
Without more participation from our families, our schools cannot fully meet the needs of our 21st century students. Help us reach our goal of 100% participation tomorrow & Thursday, or online right now!


The key to strong schools during these years of insufficient state funding is simple: family support of both the MEF and PTA. Each PTA funds classroom materials and equipment. MEF funds the educators to teach our students how to thrive in the 21st-century classroom and beyond.

MEF funds vital teaching staff for which our district does not receive state money. Right now, we fund a full-time technology teacher at Taylor, as well as the music teacher, band teacher, and computer teacher shared among our four elementary schools. Thank an MEF donor for your student’s improved education … or better yet, become one!

Your school’s field trips, equipment purchases, assemblies, enrichment programs are all PTA-funded! Each PTA is invaluable for building a strong community at its school, but PTA funds cannot be used to hire staff and fund vital district wide programs.

Can’t wait until January 28?


It’s understandable to focus solely on your own child’s education experience. However, in the public school system, every student’s success is dependent upon the strength of the district itself.

All of our elementary students move on to Taylor Middle School. Therefore, the quality of education at every elementary school directly affects your student in 6th-8th grade and beyond.We are all in this together.


Millbrae funding comparisonPublic schools are free. Great schools are not. Public school students in California are entitled to a tuition-free education. Unfortunately, California still ranks at the bottom of the nation in per-student funding. For every enrolled student, MSD receives about half of the national per-student average, and only about 67% of the already low California average.

Our students deserve more than the incomplete education a state-funded school can provide. So, yes, public schools are free … but great schools are not. Your MEF donations make the difference between basic schooling and a complete education for the whole child.

Neighboring education foundations are providing their students with state-of-the-art education: reduced class sizes; functioning school libraries; fully-realized music, tech and visual art programs … all funded by donations from district families and the surrounding community. Don’t Millbrae’s students deserve the same?


San Mateo County property tax distributionDoes this look familiar? If you pay property tax in San Mateo County, your bill notes that 45% goes to school districts. But property taxes do NOT directly fund our five Millbrae district schools!

Millbrae Elementary School District is a “revenue limit district,” which means that it receives a minimal amount per student from the State of California based on average daily attendance (ADA). This type of funding does not increase significantly when local housing prices rise.

The high cost of real estate in our district has minimal impact on the amount of money that our schools receive from the State of California.

Can’t wait until January 28?


Millbrae Education FoundationARCHIVE: 2nd Chance Donation Days!
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