Salesforce.com Foundation Helps Sanchez Elementary School Students Improve Reading Levels with New Computer Lab
SAN FRANCISCO - January 8, 2008
San Francisco Unified School District honors the Salesforce.com Foundation at the Lab's opening
Foundation, the global leader in integrating philanthropy and business, today was honored by the
San Francisco Unified School District for its role in building a new computer lab to address the
digital divide at Sanchez College Preparatory School based in San Francisco where 83% of students
live below the poverty line. Over 50 salesforce.com employees dedicated their vision and time
and secured funds on behalf of the Salesforce.com Foundation to update the Sanchez computer lab.
The new computer lab is designed to support the differentiated Waterford reading program to help
students raise their reading levels at least one grade level.
"The unsung tech heroes at salesforce.com are helping to close the digital divide at
Sanchez," said Sara Shenkan, vice-principal, Sanchez College Preparatory School. "Our 320 students
use the lab daily and reading levels are rising. We couldn't have done without the Salesforce.com
Foundation and are extremely grateful."
What started as a plan to refurbish 20 PCs from the 1990's turned into an incredible project.
The goal was the ability to run the Waterford Reading Program, a program that has helped many
schools with few resources and low reading levels to bring their students up to grade level.
To do so, Sanchez needed a powerful server and newer computers. Ultimately, many different pieces
contributed to the project's success. The Salesforce.com Foundation awarded the project a Community
Action Team Grant and salesforce.com employees provided matching funds and donated time to set-up
the lab. With the money raised and the expertise of salesforce.com employees, Sanchez now has a
21st century computer lab with 22 new computers.
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