The Alhambra School District Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization in September 1993. The name of the Foundation was changed in 2006 to Alhambra Educational Foundation (AEF). The Foundation was started to raise money in the community to support the on-going instructional programs of the Alhambra Unified School District and to support the implementation of new programs. The Alhambra Unified School District encompasses the city of Alhambra, parts of Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South San Gabriel and Rosemead. The district consists of three comprehensive high schools, thirteen elementary/middle schools, an alternative high school and an independent study high school. In addition, the District governs a pre-school program for special need students. The Foundation financially supports all these school sites and district-wide programs.
AEF is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of volunteer parents, district staff, business and community activist interested in promoting and improving the educational programs in our schools. In addition, the Board supports “Friends of the Foundation”, a group of community volunteers, who provide the hands-on needs of the Foundation.
Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has donated more than $2.8 million in support of many district programs, including: Teacher Mini-Grants; Student Leadership Seminars; Authors Festival; computer and technology purchases; purchase of Automated External Defibrillators for all sites; disaster preparedness equipment and materials; reading incentives; library and classroom books; and more.
At the present time, the District receives from the Foundation, approximately $300,000 annually in support of the Foundation initiated program, “Music and More”. These funds are used to hire additional elementary music teachers who provide classroom music instruction in all K-3 classes. The Music and More programs also supports the middle school band and orchestra with money to purchase instruments and music materials. At the high school level, this program provides for additional college and career counseling and sponsorship of the AUSD Marching Band, a past participant in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade and a 2020 participant of the parade.
For five years, the Foundation has organized and funded the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program in all of our K-2 classes. Third grade was added to the program in 2018. RIF provides three books for each student, selected by them, to take home for their personal library.