Salesforce announced on Thursday that the company has awarded $18.2 million in grants to the Oakland and San Francisco school districts to expand educational opportunities for students and leaders in the Bay Area.
"Giving every child an equal opportunity to a world-class education is a critical step to bring more equality, stability, and growth into our communities, and it cannot be the work of government alone," said Salesforce co-CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block. "Everyone has a role to play, including business, and that's why Salesforce has provided nearly $70 million in funding and 45,000 volunteer hours in the San Francisco and Oakland school districts.”
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will receive $8.5 million, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) will receive $8.7 million and $500,000 will be provided to CORE and Blueprint Schools Network for continued education support.
Salesforce's latest grants to SFUSD and OUSD build upon a long-term partnership with the districts to improve student outcomes and opportunities. The new grants will support computer science curriculum expansion and innovative math programs as well as teacher recruitment, retention, and training in both districts.
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