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2024 Tandem Foundation Donates $50K to Local Davis Schools

Tandem Managing Partner John Whitcombe speaks at the 2024 Tandem Foundation

Tandem Properties continued their annual tradition of funding grant requests to local educators at this year’s Tandem Foundation, hosted May 22nd in the Tandem Properties garden.

Local educators from 13 Davis Joint Unified schools gathered along with Tandem’s owners and directors to hear from teachers regarding how the grants would impact students. Members of the Davis High School Orchestra program, Michael Wang, Caitlyn Ohler, Hoaching Liu, and Jennifer Lee provided music for the event as educators gathered in the garden.

Educators gather at the 2024 Tandem FoundationEducators explained how the grants would support items such as expanding nonfiction reading collections not fully covered by PTA funding, replacing an original scoreboard for the athletics program at Emerson Junior high, and bringing things like microscopes to support the new Earth science class offered at Holmes Junior High.

During an address from Tandem Managing Partner –John Whitcombe, where he explained the impact of local schools on his own family and children, Mr. Whitcombe explained that he hoped this year’s grants would give educators independence in their choices regarding how they support students.

For the past 23 years, the Tandem Foundation has distributed up to $40,000 annually to the Davis public schools.

Tandem Director of Human Resources, Roxana Pana, explained that this year the Tandem Foundation received 64 requests totaling $169,455. In the reception event’s program, the Tandem Properties’ team noted, “We are delighted to fully fund 36 requests and partially fund 3 requests totaling $50,000. It is our hope that the Tandem Foundation will be able to continue our tradition of supporting our community and its youth.”

The 2024 Tandem Foundation Grants Reception

Watch the video below to see a glimpse of this year’s awards reception.

The 2024 Grants Recipients are as follows:

Davis Senior High School

$1,156 Yearbook Technology
$2,600 Mock Trial Team
$850 Water Testing and Filtration
$1,932 PE T-shirts
$4,500 DHS Orchestra
$935 Vacuum Demonstrators
$3,400 Gallery A-2
$1,500 Spoke Literary and Art Magazine
$1,000 Debate Club

DaVinci Charter Academy

$1,368 English & History
$568 Classroom Library Update
$2,612 Pickleball Equipment
$445 Hope River

Emerson Junior High School

$4,796 Scoreboard

Harper Junior High School

$625 Art
$1,500 Flower Alley
$900 Investigating Spring Hatchings
$781 Positive Behavior Interventions
$600 Inclusion Classroom Library

Holmes Junior High School

$1,424 Earth Science Up Close
$577 Science Equipment
$244 Calculator Emulators

Birch Lane Elementary School

$209 Reading
$500 2nd grade
$294 4th Grade
$2,500 Teacher Classroom Supplies

Cesar Chavez Elementary

$700 Enchanted Fairytales in Spanish
$916 Flexible Seating

Fred Korematsu Elementary

$3,500 Reading

Marguerite Montgomery Elementary

$1,000 Library

North Davis Elementary

$500 2nd grade science
$278 Learning Language through Play
$560 Flexible Seating
$483 1st grade Flexible seating

Patwin Elementary

$2,083 Nonfiction update

Davis School for Independent Study

$506 English
$319 Hoping for heart and health
$850 Exploratorium Field Trip

Fairfield Elementary

$486 PE

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