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.