REF Emergency Fund






REF has established an emergency fund to provide financial relief related to the school closures due to COVID-19. While closing schools is challenging for all communities, it is particularly challenging here, where 90% of students qualify for free and reduced price lunch and the majority of our parents work hourly service jobs. We are working closely with Ravenswood City School District Interim Superintendent Gina Sudaria and her team to plan and address specific needs, including in technology and distance learning, food and food distribution, emergency childcare, and financial support. We are also liaising with city officials, local non-profits, and community service providers to coordinate efforts across the district and the local community. Please note, if emergency needs do not deplete the fund, your donations will roll over to support district programs as students, teachers, and staff return to school.

To date we have already used the Emergency Fund to:

  • purchase a Zoom license for the District to enable remote meeting and learning
  • fund an emergency child care program
  • make a donation to Ecumenical Hunger Program, a local food pantry that serves many of our families
  • Provide 234 gift cards to families to purchase essential groceries and household items
  • Procure 300 masks for the child nutrition team to use to keep food distribution safe for families and staff
  • Purchase 430 ipads for every TK, Kindergarten and first grade student to ensure that every child in the district has access to online learning (2nd-8th graders will receive chromebooks previously used in the classroom)
  • Order 1650 hands-on at home learning STEM kits from KiwiCo to ensure that our students are able to engage in experiential learning regardless of what their family can provide

For the latest communication from REF Executive Director, Jenna Wachtel Pronovost, please click here. Thank you for keeping Ravenswood students and families in your hearts. 

Make checks payable to Ravenswood Education Foundation:

Jenna Wachtel Pronovost, Executive Director
Ravenswood Education Foundation
P.O. Box 396
Menlo Park, CA 94026

EIN (Tax ID#): 26-0166433

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      Ravenswood Education Foundation is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 26-0166433. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.