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July 6th, 2014

Get involved with the Junipero Serra Elementary School Book Drive! #OneCity

According to the National Summer Learning Association, over the summer many students from low-income families lose over two months of reading skills they have developed during the past school year. But most students from middle-class homes actually make slight gains in reading achievement during the summer months. The reason? XoomA lot of the time low-income students don't have access to books.

That is why Xoom is hosting a book drive for SFUSD's Junipero Serra Elementary School.
This will help get more books into the classroom, and in turn more books into the hands of our SFUSD students.

You can get involved and help!

Books can be dropped off at: san francisco education fund
2730 Bryant Street, Second Floor ● San Francisco, CA 94110

Download this PDF list of preferred books.

Read the Examiner's op-ed and learn more about Xoom's involvment with Circle of Schools.

About Circle of Schools

Circle the Schools is a joint project of the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi) and the San Francisco Education Fund.

Principal Silvia Cordero with Eventbrite staff who brought snacks to El Dorado Elementary students on test day

If your school is interested in participating in
Circle the Schools, please email hdoerr@sfedfund.org.

Using an adopt-a-school model, Circle the Schools partners participating San Francisco-based technology companies with a local public school. Over the course of a school year each company will organize three to five activities at their partner school. These volunteer activities are tailored to meet each school's individual needs. From bringing snacks to kids on standardized test days to participating in Read-Aloud literacy events or hosting field trips to company offices, these activities foster relationships between students and company employees. Our goal is to bring together tech and community and move forward as #OneCity.

sf.citi is proud to launch a pilot of this program this Spring with 5 fantastic partnerships:

Tagged and Thurgood Marshall High School
Xoom and Junipero Serra Elementary
Eventbrite and El Dorado Elementary
StumbleUpon and Drew Elementary
Square Trade and George Washington Carver Elementary


Students from Thurgood Marshall High School visit Tagged for a tour of the office

Photo Credit: Mitch Tobias

Circle the Schools in the news

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  • All participants must commit to donating $5,000 to the SF Education Fund and hosting 3-5 activities with their partnered school during the 2014-2015 school year. Partnership activities will be agreed upon by both the company representative and the school principal, in accordance with the school's individual needs and the company's resources.

    Please direct payments to the San Francisco Education Fund at 2730 Bryant Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110. Payments can also be made online at sfedufund.org. All donations are tax-deductible. The Education Fund will send an acknowledgment letter for their records as soon as a check is received. Please contact Hanna Doerr with any questions regarding the payment process. circletheschools@sfedfund.org - 415.695.5400 x3008