Three local businesses have tangible social impact for students.
Oracle: Funding Java programming classes
Oracle’s $20,000 grant funds a Java section at Sequoia. Java classes are an integral part of the suite of Information Technology classes offered at Sequoia. The Java course introduces fundamental programming concepts to students at any grade level, helping to close the achievement gap in technological skills that are necessary for the 21st century workforce.
Gunderson Dettmer: Supporting technology at Sequoia
As a global law firm operating in the Bay Area, Gunderson Dettmer has a keen interest in technology in the marketplace. For Sequoia high school, addressing the gap of equity and opportunity among its students, including the digital divide, is a top priority. According to the Sequoia Union High School District Technology plan, “the student device of choice for cost and management efficiency is the Chromebook; there is a strong consensus among K-12 educators on this selection.” Gunderson Dettmer’s multi-year partnership with Sequoia provides for additional Chromebooks for students. In addition, Sequoia students without access personal computer in the home may borrow a Chromebook for the duration of the academic year. According to Gunderson Dettmer CFO Scott Armienti, “partnering with Sequoia High School is one way Gunderson Dettmer is making a difference in the communities in which we work. We are excited to support the innovative programs at Sequoia that are helping students gain confidence and reach their educational goals.”
Laura Bertolacci: Unrestricted giving
Peninsula realtor, Laura Bertolacci is a SHSEF top supporter. In contrast to donors who specify how a gift is to be applied, Ms. Bertolacci elected to stipulate no constraints in the use of funds, allowing Sequoia to evaluate where the gift was most needed. This flexibility enabled Sequoia to support vital programs. Funds provided through Ms. Bertolacci enabled class size reduction for six core freshman classes, including math, English, and science.
Taken together, the impact of generous community donors makes a tangible impact on the experience on young students at Sequoia High School. Thank you to our business partners!