VENTURA : 'Give Back to School' Campaign Launched

With the goal of raising thousands of dollars to support and improve innovative programs, the Ventura Unified School District Educational Foundation has launched its 1993-94 "We Give Back to School" campaign.

Through the program, businesses and private individuals can make donations that the foundation will present to innovative teachers early next year in the form of $500 mini-grants.

"It's really one of the most effective ways of getting dollars directly to teachers," said Virginia Mendoza O'Neil, a foundation board member and chairwoman of the campaign. "And really creative teachers, too, the ones who are doing something special for our kids."

Last year, 23 mini-grants were awarded, O'Neil said. Teachers have used the money to purchase computer supplies, software and other classroom educational tools.

The fund-raiser will run through February, when teachers' individual applications will be judged and the funds awarded, O'Neil said. For more information or to make a donation, call O'Neil at (805) 652-0887.

Sponsors who have already committed to this year's campaign are Pacific Bell, Chase Brothers, Don L. Carlton Realtors, Bank of A. Levy, Barber Ford and Cabrillo Pharmacy.

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