Giants shortstop, Foothill grad Brandon Crawford gives back to local schools

Foothill, Vintage Hills among grant recipients

San Francisco Giants shortstop and Foothill High School graduate Brandon Crawford, along with Wells Fargo, recently awarded $13,500 in grants to three Tri-Valley schools as part of the KNBR Step Up to the Plate for Education program.

Crawford's alma maters, Foothill High and Vintage Hills Elementary, received $3,500 and $5,000 respectively. The grant for Foothill will go toward its peer advocate program, and funding for Vintage Hills will support day-to-day classroom needs.

Montair Elementary School in Danville also received $5,000 to purchase kits to create a learning lab that will help students struggling with reading.

"As a kid, my parents always emphasized the importance of an education — above and beyond participating in sports," Crawford said in a statement. "As a Bay Area native, it is an honor to be part of a program that increases education and athletic programs for local kids.”

The Tri-Valley schools were among 25 throughout the Bay Area that received $100,000 in grants to support their sports, art, music and education programs. Schools applied to receive grants through an open nomination process.

Over the last 14 years, over $1 million has been distributed to Bay Area schools through the Step Up to the Plate program.

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3 people like this
Posted by Dan
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Class act!

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Posted by PTown Gal
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

It's a heartwarming story that Brandon will remember his "roots" in our area. Thanks for being a good guy.

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Being a part in advancing the education for kids where state funding has been cut, is appreciated and well noted. Thanks to all who give their time and money to our kids ~ Bravo

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