Heron School Wins $5,000 Grant


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A Natomas school has beat out dozens of other Sacramento-area campuses to win a $5,000 Raley’s Reach grant.
The impressive win was announced to Heron School students this morning during a schoolwide assembly. The grant will be used to fill science labs with equipment at the K-8 campus. Heron School received more than 6,000 votes.
“This grant provides much-needed support for Heron School’s science curriculum,” Heron Parent Teacher Student Association president Maricel Feser said. “The number of votes for the grant shows the Heron community’s school spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to improving Heron School.”
The school was nominated for the grant by parent Elizabeth Brushwyler.
“I am so thankful to the Natomas community for supporting our school,” she said. “I believe we won because so many people took a moment out of their day, to improve the education of Natomas kids.”
An intensive campaign to get out the vote, led by the PTSA, is being credited for the win.
Tony Perez, PTSA historian and information officer, added a link to the contest page on the school’s website and sent parent members a daily e-mail reminder to vote for the school during the contest. One vote per person, per day was allowed.
“We asked them to get out and not only cast their votes, but to reach out to friends and family to do the same and to help our school,” Perez said. “Between the website, the emails and social media tools like Facebook, we expanded our voting base far beyond our school and I believe that is what helped put us over the top and swing the contest in our favor.”
Raley’s Reach is a partnership between Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Unilever to provide $25,000 in grants to Northern California and Nevada schools. 

Said Bruce Roberts, president of the Natomas Unified school board, “We are very appreciative of Raley’s and their commitment to our community,  this grant helps Heron continue to be a great school.”

Information on all Raley’s Reach grant winners can be found here


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