Brief history of the organization
The San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF) was established in 1986 by a group of parents who wanted to provide additional funding and resources for the San Gabriel public schools. At that time, the district consisted of five elementary schools and funds were raised through parent donations and small events like “back- yard barbeques”. Approximately $3000-5000 was raised annually and support took the form of teacher grants for classroom equipment, enrichment and supplies. The Board of Directors consisted of parents and teachers who volunteered their time and energy in support of the mission. In 1993-94 the district separated from the Alhambra Unified School District and subsequently added 2 high schools. As the district has grown and adapted to serve more than 5000 students, so has SEF. Over the course of SEF’s 36-year history, we have contributed over $1,000,000 dollars to the school district for direct support of the students, teachers and educational programs. Through the years, SEF has been able to maintain exposure to music and art in our elementary schools, vital enrichment that many districts had eliminated, by funding teachers and programming. Our Board of Directors continues to consist of parents and teachers, as well as local business and community members and energetic alumni. Each year, our Board members volunteer more countless hours of time in support of the fundraising and programming activities of the Foundation. The San Gabriel Unified School District (SGUSD) serves a culturally and economically diverse population of students and families and SEF is committed to providing financial support to programs that will enrich and enhance the learning environment of our students and bridge the educational gap between them.