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HWC is the Proud Recipient of an Oracle Technology Grant

Homework Central is pleased to announce that we have received a generous grant from the Oracle Giving Program to purchase new technology for use in our homework sites.  Oracle and Homework Central are partnering to help bridge the digital divide for the elementary school students we serve.  Several Chromebooks will be purchased for supervised student use at our sites.  These devices are identical to new devices that students will use for testing at elementary schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.  This technology will be deployed to help our students improve their computer skills while providing them with gateways to online educational programs for improvement in the areas of mathematics, reading comprehension and writing.  

More Details on Silicon Valley Gives Fundraiser May 6

It’s a dream come true for Homework Central - an innovative way to put our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students on the Silicon Valley map.


For the first time ever, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (the largest community foundation in the country) has masterminded a new initiative called Silicon Valley Gives.


Some of the greatest minds in the Valley, and those with significant financial capacity have stepped up to make a difference for small nonprofits like Homework Central. 


Here’s how it works


On May 6th, Silicon Valley Community Foundation will strengthen its muscle by providing a centralized platform to raise money for local nonprofits. All in 24 hours. 


This high impact 24 hour online fundraising effort will give the community foundation the opportunity to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits - and make a difference to peoples lives here in San Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties. It’s like bringing a high tech Jerry Lewis telethon to Silicon Valley for a day.


This will provide an easy and streamlined way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most,and encourage them to take action. 


A call to action - we need your help


Homework Central is actively participating, and working through people like you and me, our loyal donors and volunteers, to leverage the support that we have among us. 


We need you. Please reach out on behalf of our San Mateo kids and help create a buzz. Tell your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors across the country. It’s exciting and it will be fun to watch the needle move. 


Please join us. We’ll let you know more as the big day approaches. Please let us know if you have any ideas how to more effectively spread the word. We value your feedback.

First "Literacy Class" a Success

Fifteen eager adult tutors gathered at the facilities of  the Unitarian Universalists of San  Mateo  on Saturday, March 1 for Homework Central's first "Literacy Class". The 2 1/2 hour session was led by Priscilla Smyth, a 4/5 grade teacher from Horrall Elementary School.  For the past  three years, Priscilla has conducted our successful "Math Classes" for Homework Central tutors.

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Thank You Peet's Coffee!



Over $2,000 was raised and donated by Peet's Coffee at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. From December 17th through December 24th, families and friends were invited to purchase coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and donate to Homework Central.


Funds raised will help Homework Central hire additional bilingual high school or college student interns. These Spanish-speaking interns work with students on their homework and help site coordinators communicate with Spanish-speaking parents and guardians. The new interns will be a huge help to every site.


Thank you Peet's Coffee Bay Meadows for choosing to support Homework Central as your 2013 non-profit!

Celebrations at Homework Central Sites



Every site had an exciting end to the 2013 year. At the Martin Luther King Center, students had a pizza Christmas party on December 18th and a cookie decorating event the following day. Each child also received a gift card to Target stores. Thank you Charles and Earline Douglas and Holly Miner for making these events possible.



Twelve children from the Unitarian Universalist site and their chaperones were treated to see Bay Pointe's performance of The Nutcracker. Each child had a favorite part and enjoyed the trip. Thank you Sheila, a volunteer tutor, for making this possible. In addition to the ballet, Homework Central children from the UU site were "adopted" by the UU congregation of San Mateo and each child was given a personalized gift. A festive celebration was held as well.



At Sunnybrae Elementary School, children attended a Christmas party where everyone was given a gift. This site also played games and had a Multiplication Bee with prizes for students.



On December 16th and 18th, Park Elementary School site students enjoyed surprise gifts including a box of crayons, a box of colored pencils, a doodle pad, and a pocket-sized travel notebook. Thank you Sandra and the Hardy family for these presents. A little celebration was held on the final day before winter break.

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