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Irvine Unified Receives $2 Million From Irvine Company for Art, Music, Science Programs

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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(Orange County Register)

The Irvine Unified School District on Jan. 19, received some much-needed financial assistance from one of its partners.

A $2 million donation from the Irvine Company will help the district provide art, music, and science programs for students in grades fourth through sixth.

The contribution is part of an ongoing 20-year, $45 million commitment by the Irvine Company’s Excellence in Education Enrichment program. Established in 2006, the program has helped Irvine Unified navigate declining state and local budgets and is now offering aid amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

“This commitment is essential in helping IUSD address the challenges brought on by the pandemic and helps maintain our specialized programming in the arts, music and science,” Superintendent Terry Walker said in a statement.

The Irvine Company’s funding helps the district employ specialized instructors to deliver lessons, which have been adjusted because of the pandemic. District officials said it has created smaller groups for in-person and hybrid instruction models and used classroom technology to allow students to perform projects such as symphonies and science labs online.

“COVID-19 has shaped teaching and learning in new ways,” Walker added. “The support and partnership of Irvine Company really is a symbol of what makes our community great.”

Irvine Company vice president Jeff Davis said “education has always been at the core of our planning efforts” and that the program had helped Irvine become one of the highest-performing districts in the state. Irvine Unified educates about 36,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Irvine Unified School District is a community partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber, and the Irvine Company is gold-level Leaders Circle partner of the Chamber.

 

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