More options for afterschool programs in Santa Ana
More than 40 schools will receive funding that will help some 10,000 students.
THINK Together, an organization from Santa Ana, received 1 million dollars for the expansion of its aftershool programs benefiting as a result 40 schools and approximately 10,000 students.
Thee gift of 100,000 will be provided over the course of 10 years and was awarded by Donald Bren and The Irvine Company.
The philanthropic gift is the largest in the history of Think Together that will benefit as a result the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD).
The pledge check for 1 million was presented by Dan Young, former Santa Ana Mayor from1988 to 1994, and current executive vice president of The Irvine Company.
During the event that took place at Madison Elementary, Young praised the gift by The Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren, who believes in the Think Together programs and their “ability to produce positive results.”
“Our mission is to build a system that provides quality education for all students,” said Randy Barth, Think Together executive director. “All our students have the same learning potential.”
In its nine year history, Think Together has provided tutors and mentors for afterschool programs that have been vital for students from low income families and those that are at high risk of dropping out of school.
Al Mijares,SAUSD Superintendent, considered that the support that Think Together receives with the gift will have a “lasting and significant” impact on education.
Carmen Cerda, a parent, indicated that the afterschool programs have impacted in a positive way the life of her 9 year-old son Christian.