Our History:

District administrators, staff, friends, parents, and alumni founded AREF in 1999 in order to improve, enhance and advance the education of Alum Rock students. Since then the Foundation has raised over $2 million to enrich the educational experiences of Alum Rock students. AREF is the only non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated solely to enriching the educational experiences of the students and families of Alum Rock.

Past projects have included:

  • Funding support for homework centers.
  • Over $30,000 raised to purchase sports uniforms for middle school students.
  • Served as fiscal agent and operating manager for the Even Start program (funded by CA Dept of Ed and Federal grants).
  • A Family Literacy Program that included ESL classes for parents and kindergarten readiness for pre-school children. The program was supported through a collaboration with Eastside Union High School District and Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (funded by CA Dept of Ed and Federal grants).
  • Ongoing fiscal agent support for the Alum Rock Jazz Program, helping them raise over $80,000 to fund their after-school music and summer programs.
AREF Works collaboratively with the local school district, libraries, non-profits, and other organizations to develop and design programs to meet the needs of the youth and families in Alum Rock.


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