September 2022 Edition

The Run for Education is Back!

In Person on October 8-9!

Register NOW before prices go up September 18!

We are just one month away from the 39th Annual Run for Education on Sunday, October 9th. The 10K run starts at Charlotte Wood Middle School, in Danville, and the 5K starts on Camino Ramon, near 2700 Camino Ramon, across from City Center Bishop Ranch.  

The Run for Education includes events for the youngest runners ages 2-6 - the Mini Run! We also have the Friendship Run for students with special needs and their supporters. These events take place on Saturday, October 8th during our Expo for Education at 2700 Camino Ramon (BR 2700) in San Ramon.

And remember, school teams get 70% of funds donated to pledge pages!

For more information visit our Run for Education website.

Register Now!

Check out our new website:! You'll see the latest information about the Run and some pictures from our past events.

Interested in volunteering for the Run for Education? We have lots of opportunities for adults and middle and high school students!


New this year - Run for Education Brew Crawl!

Join us as the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation journeys through Danville and San Ramon in celebration of the Run for Education being back in person! We start at Danville Brewing Company on September 21 from 3-9pm for a dine in and registration event. We continue to Canyon Lakes Golf Course & Brewery for a dine in and registration event on September 29 from 11am-7pm. We culminate in a bib and shirt pick up on October 7 from 4:30-6pm at Fieldwork Brewing Co.

Show your support for these local businesses and the Run for Education by joining us at any, or all, of these events!

September 21 from 3-9pm

September 29 from 11am-7pm

October 7 from 4:30-6:30pm

NEW - Live Band at the finish of the Run!

The Gumbo Band will be at the Expo on Sunday, October 9 to greet our 5K and 10K finishers and their supporters! This local band features co-leaders, Jazz Drummer Paul Tillman Smith and Trumpeter, Dr. David Hardiman Sr., both well known and highly respected music teachers and historians.

Science Alliance Sign Ups

Calling SRVUSD 5th Graders!!

Science Alliance is an after-school program, available in all SRVUSD high schools, created to pair curious and motivated 5th grade students (buddies) with high school students (mentors).

Mentors encourage and guide their buddies on a journey of science and methodical inquiry under the guidance of a credentialed teacher at one of the high schools. 

The year-long journey includes six buddy-mentor meetings, interesting lessons and learning opportunities. The program concludes with a district-wide Science Fair to be held on April 15, 2023, where buddies share the project that they worked on throughout the program. The program has been widely recognized as helping to prepare the 5th graders for middle school lab science and teaches positive role-modeling skills to high school mentors. 

Parents and Guardians are invited to attend a parent meeting to learn more about Science Alliance for the 2022-2023 school year. Parent meetings will be held in-person on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 7 pm at each of these high schools: California High School, Dougherty Valley High School, Monte Vista High School, San Ramon Valley High School. We recommend you attend the meeting at the high school your 5th grader will likely attend in the future. This meeting is intended for parents only; students are not required to attend.

For those who are not available to attend the in person meeting, there will be a virtual parent meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 7 pm.

Program registration will open for all students on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 7 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Meet Science Alliance Lead Instructor - Minu Basu

Minu has been a biology and an AP Biology teacher at Dougherty Valley High School since 2012. She is the lead advisor for Science Alliance with SRVEF. She has also taught a biotechnology class for the Summer Imagineering Program. She is the Curriculum Representative for all Secondary Science teachers in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Minu and her family moved to San Ramon from Fremont in 2009. Her two children attended Quail Run Elementary School, Gale Ranch Middle School, and Dougherty Valley High School. They both currently attend UC Davis. Minu graduated from the University of Mumbai with a master’s degree in genetics. She also has a degree in education and taught undergrad college biology in India. She moved to the United States in 1999 and worked in a vaccine research lab at Dynavax Technologies in Emeryville.

After taking time off to raise her children and volunteering at local schools, she returned to education to follow her passion for teaching and science. Since she started teaching at Dougherty Valley High School, she has also been involved with Science Alliance, a program that pairs fifth graders with high school mentors that guide them through a science project. She has advised the club for many years and successfully organized the district-wide science fair for the fifth grade students to present their projects. She was promoted to lead advisor for the Science Alliance program across the four high schools in the district. She believes that hands-on learning is the best way to do science and foster the community through partnerships.

News from SRVUSD

The support of our community is imperative to our success. As the primary fundraising organization for SRVUSD, the SRVEF has been a partner and champion for our students since 1982. Through grants, major endowments and gifts, and programs like the Science Alliance and Imagineering, we are confident that our commitment to excellence for all students will be achieved because of our partnership with the SRVEF.

The first month of school has already provided me with the opportunity to see so many schools and classrooms in action. Every week when I visit schools, I see our students engaged in their learning and connected with their peers. I have so much confidence not only in how our students achieve what success means for them in the classroom, but in the community as well. This year, as we broaden the definition of success and what it means for our students, we are focusing on connecting, celebrating and creating:

Connecting - because the last couple of years have been tough, and we know as a community we can and must come together to best serve our students and staff.

Celebrating - what happens in our schools is exemplary, there are many different ways our students are successful, and our students are something to celebrate.

Creating - we need to and will continue to create opportunities to improve; built on our foundation of academic excellence, we will redefine the definition of success.

The Access to Excellence (a2e) initiative launched in February 2022, with a focus on “Success Reimagined”, and celebrating what our schools mean to our community. This initiative is one of the many things that will help us reach our goals as outlined in SRVUSD’s Strategic Directions - the District’s foundation and framework for everything we do. 

Get Involved Today!

Go to to learn more about how community members can support and partner with us, and provide feedback that leads to improvement. the initiative and our strategic goals, and how to join us in this important effort. There are opportunities to:

  • Become an a2e Ambassador
  • Participate in our Thought Exchange
  • Distribute posters
  • Share information on social media

Thank you for engaging and partnering with us to support our amazing students and schools. We hope to see all of you at the SRVEF Run for Education on October 9th!

Take Care,

Dr. John Malloy

Superintendent, SRVUSD

Upcoming Community Events

Please stop by our SRVEF tables at these great events:

  • 9/10/2022 - Street Smarts Bike Rodeo and Festival - Iron Horse Middle School Blacktop

Auction for Education

The Online Auction for Education is coming November 1-9, 2022. Complementing the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation’s Run for Education, the Online Auction for Education is the San Ramon Rotary Club’s biggest and most visible fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support education in the San Ramon Valley with SRVEF as the largest benefactor. This year, many of your Auction favorites are back, including:

  • Tickets for the Wine Bus Tour (and Tasting) of the Livermore Valley with 40+ people;
  • 4-course gourmet meal for 8 prepared at your home and paired with fine wines from Livermore Valley.
  • Bartender 101 event for 12 people featuring the two lead bartenders from LB Steak in San Ramon;
  • Vacation homes including a beautiful Lake Tahoe vacation stay;
  • Relaxing day at a nearby ski lake;
  • Aerial tour of the Bay;
  • Golf and wine tasting outings, professional photography sessions, and much more!


The San Ramon Rotary Club is currently accepting auction item donations and cash sponsorships. We accept all typical auction items including sports tickets and memorabilia, golf certificates and of course, gift cards or certificates for local shopping and restaurants. For more information, or to donate an auction item, contact Terry Koehne, Rotary Auction chair at Thank you for your support of this long-standing community fundraiser!

A Note from Gary Alpert,

President of SRVEF Board of Directors

Happy September.  

First, I’d like to welcome back our families and educators to the new school year. Many have made the comment, ‘things feel normal again’. After the last few years, where nothing felt normal, it feels good to just hear those words.

We have been busy helping our school affiliates kick-off their year, by providing training and support. Our school affiliates work tirelessly to raise funds to help their individual schools. Our board members attend each of the school affiliate meetings, providing ongoing support throughout the year.  

The San Ramon Valley Education is hard at work with our own activities, including funding important District-wide initiatives, courtesy of our Endowment Fund. This year, we are pleased to continue our support of Music, Visual Art, Generation Citizen, and Professional Learning.

The Foundation will be launching our Small Grant Program in the coming weeks. SRVEF, partnering with, provides funding to support our Educators. In the past we have funded hundreds of grants in a wide variety of areas, including classroom supplies, books, flexible furniture, learning materials, and more. For the complete list, click here.   

As a parent, community member, or someone interested in supporting education, you can look at grants and provide your own donation. Simply visit and enter San Ramon Valley Unified School District in the search box. You will find many grants from teachers already posted.  

Funding for the small grant program largely comes from the Run for Education proceeds – my next important reminder!  

We are just a few weeks away from the 39th Annual Run for Education! This year is special – we are back in person and couldn’t be more excited!  If you haven’t registered, there is still time. Visit and sign up today. 

We will be hosting our traditional 5K and 10K events on Sunday, October 9th. And our Friendship Run, Mini Run, and Expo for Education on Saturday, October 8th. There will be music, exhibits, and a family friendly Kids Zone. You will also be able to pick up your T Shirt and bib at the Expo. You won’t want to miss this fun family day.  

Almost all of our activities will be held at 2700 Camino Ramon (BR2700), directly across from City Center. The only exception is the 10K start line will be at Charlotte Wood Middle School in Danville. 

Need some reasons to register? Here are my top five: 

5) It’s a San Ramon Valley tradition. If you have been participating for years (and we know that there are many 38-year veterans), don’t stop now. If you’ve never participated or are new to the San Ramon Valley, start this year.

4) Shirts are back and included in your registration. Everyone loves our shirts, and we know you will too!

3) Walking is considered one of the best ways to exercise. Did you know that 5K is right around 6,200 Steps? Are you trying to walk 10,000 steps/day? The Run for Education will help you get there, while helping your schools at the same time. What’s not to like?  

2) You can raise money for your school by using the Pledge Page that will automatically be created for you, with 70% of those donations going directly to your school. It’s easy to ask your friends or relatives to help.  

1) The funds raised directly benefit our schools and help fund programs, activities, and supplies not otherwise possible.  The funds raised by the Run for Education help fund our Small Grant Program. And we all know our teachers deserve our support. 

Have any ideas or suggestions? Our Board is always interested in learning from our community. Please share your ideas by contacting us at 

Gary Alpert


San Ramon Valley Education Foundation

Your Gift is Important!

Would you consider making a donation to support public education in the San Ramon Valley? We welcome you to become a Friend of the Foundation. SRVEF accepts donations via check, through PayPal, or our website. Thank you for your support!

To donate via check, please mail a check to:


3280 Crow Canyon Road

San Ramon, CA 94583

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