Several schools in San Francisco and the Peninsula won grants of up to $5,000 for physical education, sports and other programs, Bay Area radio station KNBR announced. The schools were nominated for the Step Up To The Plate For Education program by radio listeners, who wrote 500-word essays explaining why their school could use the money.
The radio station distributed cash from a $75,000 grant from Wells Fargo. Winning schools in San Francisco included McKinley Elementary, George Peabody Elementary, Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, Gateway Middle School, Francis Scott Key Elementary, Leadership High School, George Washington High School, Dr. William L Cobb Elementary and Clarendon Alternative.
San Francisco Unified School District said it would accept its grants at a ceremony Friday at Washington High School, with Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz congratulating the winning schools as they receive their checks. The seven SFUSD school will use their money for sports equipment and uniforms, laptops, a greenhouse garden program and art supplies.
In the Peninsula, winning schools included Gateway Community School in San Mateo; Ponderosa Elementary, Buri Buri Elementary and All Souls Catholic School in South San Francisco; Jefferson High School and Ben Franklin Intermediate in Daly City; and Sequoia High School in San Carlos.