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The Press Democrat: Stars Come Out for Annual Charity Basketball Game

The sixth annual Schools Plus Senior All Star Basketball games drew the largest crowd ever. Players, coaches, parents and all spectators enjoyed two hard played, thrilling games. The 2017 results: The Girl’s game was won this year by the SCL - 54 - 51. The boy’s game was won by the NBL 84 - 79.

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Our 2017 Allocations

Our 2017 allocations total $150,000 to be distributed amongst the eleven SRCS secondary schools that Schools Plus has supported for twenty-seven years. The five senior high schools will each receive $20,000 to be divided equally for athletics and The Arts. The five middle schools will each receive $8,300 for sports and The Arts. Ridgeway High will also receive $8,300.

Since 2010, the current Schools Plus board, with the generous support of the community, has raised $900,000 for Santa Rosa’s public school students.

Schools Plus thanks the Marcus Johnson Foundation

for providing cool, Nike socks for all of the high school seniors playing in the Annual Schools Plus High School All Star Basketball game. The Marcus Johnson Foundation has donated the socks for four years. The games feature the NBL vs the SCL. There’s a girls’ game and a boys’ game.

This year’s game is on April 14, at the Montgomery High School main gym and the first game begins at 5 p.m.

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Schools Plus Director, Ashley Haskins, presents Toraj Soltani with a thank you plaque for the Family’s years of supporting Santa Rosa’s school kids

Press Democrat - Schools Plus fundraiser goes online

"It was a rousing dinner party that showcased the artistic talents of Santa Rosa middle- and high-school students and raised substantial dollars for all manner of secondary-school enhancement programs."

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Maria Carrillo High School Girls’ Soccer Team

The Puma Girls have been perennially ranked as a top team nation wide. Each season the teams travel for preseason matches, league matches and post season play. The 2015-2016 team has once again won the league and North Coast Section championships. Such a winning schedule requires a lot of travel that adds up to thousands of dollars each season. Likewise, all of the games require paid officials, another big bite out of athletic budgets.

Over the course of two years, your donations have provided the Puma Girls $6,750 to help offset the costs of safe and reliable transportation. This one illustration provides an inside look at how Schools Plus assures that Santa Rosa’s students have the same opportunities of past generations. (Photos by Michael Cox)

Your Donation Dollars at Work

Fall semester 2015: New Comstock Middle School music students open the cases of brand new instruments provided by Schools Plus made possible through the support of our donors. The new class has 16 students enrolled, 10 who have no prior music instruction. They’re beginning the journey of a life time.

Schools Plus Makes it Possible for Comstock to March in Rose Parade - 1st Time in a Decade

Elsie Allen High School Thanks Schools Plus in Rose Parade

Have you read Tracy Weitzenberg's 'President's Message'?

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The SRHS Floral Program students helped prepare table center pieces for the 2014 Night Under the Lights!

Elsie Allen & Piner, and Montgomery & SRHS, both were presented Early 2015 Allocations Checks of $22,000 at basketball halftime!

Generous Schools Plus donor donates Violin, enabling students to bring their instruments home!

The Press Democrat writes about our efforts to rekindle Band programs

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'Night Under the Lights' written about in The Press Democrat

Did You Know? - A New Message from Schools Plus

Thank You, Jack's Urban Eats & Whole Foods!

Schools Plus and all the kids we support are most grateful for the Support provided by Whole Foods and Jack’s Urban Eats in 2014. Both of these fine, local stores are great examples of community stewardship by our business community.

John Bribiescas Honored as the American Red Cross 'Real Hero' for Education


The Board of Education Would Like to Thank Schools Plus

Close to Home: The Press Democrat Praises Schools Plus' Work

"I’m writing about the disparities that harm students in Santa Rosa’s schools and the ways in which Schools Plus works to address them.

In a recent Press Democrat article, (”Close yet worlds apart,” June 1) the disparities that hamper our students were delineated in an index of “well being.” Most notably, the contrasts between the Roseland area and the Bennett Valley sector are stark."

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Jack's Urban Eats Opening, Donating Sunday's Income to Schools Plus

Jack’s Urban Eats is opening a new restaurant in Coddingtown this weekend. Saturday they are donating profits to Boys and Girls clubs of Sonoma County. Sunday the 18th, Schools Plus is the recipient of ALL income between 12 noon and 4 p.m.  Jack’s Urban Eats is next to Chipotle.

$24,000 to HSMS & RVMS

Schools Plus officials Clint Shubel, John Bribiescas, Ashley Haskins and Brendan Kunkle tote $24,000.00 to a middle schools track meet. Two schools, Herbert Slater M.S. and Rincon Valley M.S., received $12,000.00 each.

Hundreds of kids are benefitting from our community’s support. The kids thank you mightily!

SP Officials Present $22,000.00 to Piner High

Schools Plus presents $22,000.00 to Piner High at the school's production of A MID SUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The funds are for music, art and athletics.

Gifts given to Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa Floral, and Elsie Ellen Music for all their support

The MCHS Culinary Program, the SRHS Floral classes and the EAHS Drum Band have become integral parts of the Schools Plus annual fundraiser, A Night Under the Lights. From catering, center pieces and entertainment, these students work hard to make the event a success. Schools Plus has been supporting these programs for a number of years.

All Star Basketball Game - May 17th

Girls - 6pm

Boys - 7:30pm

Our 2014 allocations of $189,500 are completed: $22,000 to senior highs and $12,000 to middle schools and Ridgway High.

On behalf of all the students we support, Schools Plus thanks the families and business of Santa Rosa who made this possible!

Sponsor Schools Plus at this Year's Human Race

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Schools Plus will participate in the Sonoma County Human Race. Please consider sponsoring us in this effort by giving $10, $20, $50 or whatever you can to help.

Schools Plus is an all volunteer group of Santa Rosa citizens whose mission is funding sports, music, art, drama and other enrichment programs for students in Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools.

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Go Local Sonoma County Recognizes A Night Under the Lights' Success

More than 350 concerned parents, educators, business and community leaders from all over Santa Rosa rallied into fundraising action at the fourth annual Schools Plus, “A Night Under the Lights” gala on October 19, 2013 to raise more than $130,000 to benefit Santa Rosa City’s Middle and High School Arts, Sports, Drama and Music programs.

“Santa Rosa’s business and community leaders made a very impactful statement with their generosity at the Schools Plus annual gala,” said Jeff Carniglia, board president of Schools Plus. “We are thrilled to announce an increase of over $20,000 from last year’s total net proceeds raised. In fact, we estimate $130,000 will go directly to Santa Rosa City School’s arts, sports, music and drama programs. It’s clear our community does not want to simply see our vital co-curricular educational programs maintained; we want to see these programs thrive.”

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The Press Democrat Sounds Off on A Night Under the Lights' Success

“A Night Under the Lights,” the annual gala fundraiser hosted by Schools Plus, pulled in $130,000 to benefit athletics, arts and drama programs in Santa Rosa City Schools’ middle and high school campuses, organizers say.

The Oct. 19 fete featured dance performances by students from Santa Rosa and Maria Carrillo high schools, music performances led by students, and a show by Elsie Allen High’s drum line. The dinner was prepared by students in Maria Carrillo’s culinary program and Montgomery High’s dance crew led guests in a flash mob performance, according to organizers.

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Schools Plus booster John Bribiescas a driving force for education funding

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Our 2013 allocations of $160,000.00 are completed: $20,000.00 to senior highs and $10,000.00 to middle schools and Ridgway High.

On behalf of all the students we support, Schools Plus thanks the families and business of Santa Rosa who made this possible!

Thank you to GoLocal for spreading word of our own John Bribiescas' Award!

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It was a fantastic day at the 2013 Human Race!

Not only were we able to support our community by helping to raise money, we were also able to spend time interacting with participants and informing them about all of the wonderful things that Schools Plus has been doing for Santa Rosa schools. Another great year is in the works!

Schools Plus Chairman of the Board, John Bribiescas, presents Piner High School with a $20,000 check for arts and sports programs!

Schools Plus presents Santa Rosa Middle School with $10,000 for arts and sports programs

Cook Middle School accepts a check for $10,000 to support arts and drama programs!

Santa Rosa High School accepts $20,000 Schools Plus check!

2013 Night Under the Lights Event

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"Dear Schools Plus,

Thank you so much for the check of $12,000.00 dollars. We really appreciate it. We could not function as well without your support. My Leadership teacher says her budget for 3 art classes was only $50.00 dollars per class. That's 1 pencil each student.

Your support enables her to actually buy tempera, acrylic paint, brushes, palettes, markers, scratchboard, watercolors, and all types of different papers. Also, to give the students an exciting curriculum.

We could not survive without you!"

- Julie Turpin, Lawrence Cook Middle School

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