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Solana Beach Schools Foundation launches Business Sponsorship Program

Richard Bailey
Richard Bailey with daughters Charlotte, 6th grader at Solana Pacific, and Adeline, 3rd grader at Solana Highlands. Courtesy

The Solana Beach Schools Foundation (SBSF) has launched the Partners in Education Business Sponsorship Program, which offers a new opportunity for businesses to engage with local area schools and community.

“We have had some great support from local businesses and employers over the years, which has raised the level of education offered in our schools,” says Richard Bailey, chairman of the SBSF Business Sponsorship Committee. “During our annual strategic planning process, the board identified an opportunity to work more closely with community businesses and provide meaningful benefits to our sponsors. When I was approached with the idea of leading the sponsorship effort, I was excited about the opportunity to work with our vibrant business community in furthering the 21st century education that our local schools provide to area children.”

The SBSF board created the business sponsorship committee in 2017 to examine the environment and formalize the sponsorship program district-wide. The result was the Partners in Education program which offers exposure to local businesses and employers through various channels of communication with parents and families in the school community.

Local businesses and employees benefit greatly from the top-notch schools in the area, as they are magnets for ideal customers and clients and key in recruiting and retaining attractive candidates and employees.

“I attended the local schools, from Solana Vista to Solana Highlands, Earl Warren to Torrey Pines, before leaving for Los Angeles to attend college,.” Bailey said. “My early educational experience was a primary driver for our return to Carmel Valley when my wife, Michelle, and I were looking to start a family.”

Bailey believes that everyone benefits from the quality of education that our local schools are providing. “I’d like to see more businesses become involved in funding our efforts,” said Bailey.

The SBSF Business Sponsorship Program highlights those businesses that are willing to support the schools in educating future business and community leaders. Sponsorship benefits include listings in the SBSF Shopping Guide, recognition on the SBSF website, parent communications, banners and newspaper ads.

If you are a business interested in participating in the sponsorship program or an industry expert interested in joining the committee, please contact Richard Bailey at 858-764-2567.SBSF provides funding for hands-on learning experiences in STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and supplemental physical education. The Solana Beach School District was recently awarded the CSBA Golden Bell Award for excellence in elementary school STEM curriculum and learning. SBSF funds seven local Solana Beach School District elementary schools in the Solana Beach and Carmel Valley areas, with over 3,000 students in attendance. www.solanabeachkids.org. — News release

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