Madera Linkage Foundation
By Tim Riché, President
Last year, community leaders partnered with MUSD leadership to bring back the foundation, with one goal: to secure funding for supplemental resources that enrich teaching and enhance student learning at MUSD.
The Linkage Foundation funds teacher mini-grants to support our robotics program and educational scholarships activities. Our vision is to partner with public and private sectors, support creative and innovative programs in academics, arts and extra-curricular activities that engage and enrich the educational experience for Madera Unified students.
Donations are secured by partnering with MUSD staff through monthly gifts, businesses, and fundraisers. We recently raised two thousand dollars with a local race. We hope to work with local and national companies to collect monies from their charitable donations. The Madera Linkage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Organization so all gifts are tax deductible.
The Madera Linkage Foundation has helped fund STEM activities at John Adams and a science fair. Howard students are using software to support instruction and daily learning. Adult Ed students now have a new 3D printer. Fourth-graders at Sierra Vista now have manipulatives to support math learning. The foundation sent junior high girls to a leadership camp, Madtown robotics to Houston for Nationals and Washington students to sixth-grade camp for the first time.
Benny Madrigal was awarded a grant for his class at MHS. Many of his students need support to study public transportation, grocery shopping, and park services. “The donation from the Madera Linkage Foundation opened up learning for my students and created a way for them to get hands-on experience,” said Mr. Madrigal.