General Atomics Announces $150,000 in Donations to Monarch School of San Diego


Dec 06, 2004

General Atomics and the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation today announced $150,000 in financial contributions to the Monarch School, a unique public/private collaboration dedicated to the education of homeless children in San Diego.

Founded in 1988 and now located at 808 W. Cedar Street, the Monarch School provides an accredited Kindergarten through 12th grade education for some 120 homeless and at-risk children. The school is operated year-round under the auspices of the San Diego County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community Schools Division. Monarch School is now engaged in a capital campaign for over $5 million to expand to a second school and serve a total enrollment of 350 students.

The General Atomics donations will provide for a new classroom to be named in memory of the late Walter Simon, a former GA Senior Vice President, who died this August. Part of the $150,000 in contributions will be provided by the company, and part by the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation.

"Our mission at Monarch School is to provide a safe and caring environment where homeless and at-risk youth can improve their lives through education," said Sarita Fuentas, Monarch School's Principal and Chief Executive Officer. "Through the generosity of donors such as General Atomics, we're hoping to serve an ever increasing number of San Diego's estimated 2,200 homeless children and adolescents."

Taking part in the presentation to Monarch School were GA Vice Chairman Linden Blue; Sarita Fuentas, Principal and CEO of Monarch School; Michelle Candland, President of the Monarch School Project Board; Rudy Castruita, Superintendent, San Diego County Office of Education; Patricia Winter, Director of the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation; Ronne Froman and Bob Traylor, Monarch board members; and Claudette Inge, Assistant. Superintendent, San Diego County Office of Education.

General Atomics and its Sciences Education Foundation have played a major role in supporting education in San Diego County, with special emphasis on enriching science education. Activities include the development -- by GA staff members working with San Diego City and County teachers - of "hands on" classroom teaching modules which have been implemented in over 40 San Diego County schools. The Foundation also provides teaching materials which are sent to high schools throughout the U.S., as well as to many colleges and universities.

Two other donations were announced by the GA Sciences Education Foundation. One donation of $20,000 will support the Classroom of the Future Foundation for teaching middle-school science at four demonstration schools in the San Diego south county region. A second donation of $20,000 will go to the Middle School Science Education Leadership Initiative (MSSELI), a project supported by San Diego City Schools and the San Diego County Office of Education.

GIFT FOR MONARCH SCHOOLS - General Atomics Vice Chairman Linden Blue presents $150,000 in donations from General Atomics and the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation (GASEF) to Monarch School Principal and CEO Sarita Fuentas. Also shown (l to r) are Patricia Winter, director of GASEF; Deborah Ives, GA Director of Human Resources; Michelle Candland, President, Monarch Schools Project Board; Bob Traylor, Monarch board; Rudy Castruita, Superintendent, and Claudette Inge, Asst. Supt., San Diego County Office of Education; Ronne Froman, Monarch board; and David Baldwin, GA Senior Vice President.


Doug Fouquet
General Atomics

Gail Vetter Levin
Monarch School
619.685.8242, ext. 228

Jim Esterbrooks
San Diego County Office of Education


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