Vandalized schools receive $94,000 donation to help cover costs – NBC Bay Area

Five elementary schools and one charter school were vandalized in the West Contra Costa County Unified School District over the summer, but a donation from the Chevron Richmond refinery could make the recovery a bit easier.

Nystrom, Lincoln, Bayview and Highland elementary schools, Greenwood Academy and a charter school were all vandalized near the end of summer vacation, according to school district spokesman Ryan Phillips.

Chevron donated $94,000 to the district through the nonprofit DonorsChoose, which will help affected schools replace supplies and support other district teacher priorities.

“We know the vandalism has been a very difficult time for students, teachers and our entire community,” Lily Naaz Rahnema, Chevron’s community engagement manager, said in a statement. “I hope this support will not only ensure our schools have the resources they need, but working with DonorsChoose will also be the fastest way to provide support to teachers.”

Chevron also used the donation to fund any pending district requests through DonorsChoose, which offers to connect donors with specific public schools across the country to support them directly. The requests were made by 13 schools, according to a school district spokesperson.

Superintendent Kenneth Chris Hurst said the school district appreciates the donation.

“We are especially grateful not only for their support of our vandalized schools, but also for the support of our schools with high priority needs. Chevron’s support means a lot and will help us prepare students for a successful school year.”

The effort to repair and replace damage caused by vandalism was also aided by donations from the nonprofit Chamberlin Foundation and the West Contra Costa Education Fund, which launched and donated to a GoFundMe campaign.

Lance B. Holton