Cristo Rey furniture

Area of Focus: Basic Education & Literacy

Lead Club Name: Danville/Sycamore Valley

Lead Rotarian: Elfving, Claes

Year: 2023-24

Project Budget: $15,500.00

DDF Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Provide $15,500 for the Danville Sycamore Valley Rotary Club to purchase new and replacement furniture for Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School (CRDLS). Five of their classrooms have old desks that need to be replaced. Additionally, enrollment has increased by 81% over the last five years to currently 306 students requiring more seating options for students in the hallways and outside in the garden and athletic areas. The plan is to provide: Student desks (25) $6,400 High top tables for hallways (4) $2,820 Outside tables (2) $2,700 Shipping, taxes and plaques $3,580 Total $15,500 Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School opened its doors in 2018, with a mission to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. They occupied the building left by St. Elizabeth High School which started almost 100 years earlier in 1921. The school offers students and families a Lasallian Education, which centers on Christian values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service, and social justice. CRDLS is located in the Fruitvale neighborhood—a community in East Oakland that is composed of lower income families and inaccessibility to higher education. CRDLS serves a diverse student body of 306 students, which include 82% LatinX, 14% Black/African American, 3% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1% Native American. Cristo Rey supplements the classroom experience with real on-the-job experiences through their Corporate Work Study Program. One day a week, students travel throughout the Bay area where they earn approximately 50% of the cost of their annual tuition. Corporate work partners include: Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Health Care, UCSF, and Saint Mary’s College to name a few. The balance of funding is secured via fundraising (45%) and sliding scale tuition (5%). Cristo Rey students work only in white collar jobs. 100% of students in CRDLS’s first two graduating classes—the Class of 2022 and Class of 2023—have been accepted to at least one four-year university or college. When students entered as freshman, they were, on average, four years behind the national average for 9th graders. They closed the gap and successfully completed a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, all while working one day a week for a Corporate Partner to earn approximately half the cost of their high school education. The Class of 2022 received $3M+ in scholarships last year, and so far, the Class of 2023 has been awarded $6.5M!

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