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January 24, 2013 (Jacumba)--Jacumba Middle School, received an unexpected holiday grant from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to help fund experiential learning tied to STEM (an acronym for studies in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  STEM related programs have become a Presidential priority because too few students are pursuing degrees in these fields.

“This generous $5,000 grant is very exciting news for our schools,” said Bill Dennett, Principal of both the Jacumba Middle School and Clover Flat Elementary in Boulevard. “We are very proud of the efforts put into this project by our science and community service teacher, Rose Ann Morris. We also appreciate the assistance of the Jacumba Boulevard-Revitalization Alliance during the application process.”

“Our mission is to target and implement projects to make our communities safer, more economically viable and more desirable places to live.” states Mark Ostrander, chair of the Alliance. “This partnership with the school fits our mission beautifully.”

Jacumba School is part of the Mountain Empire School District educating over 1,600 students. The district serves Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, Duzura, Jacumba, Lake Moreno, Live Oak, Mt. Laguna and Pine Valley.  Like all California school districts, funds are scarce. SDG&E’s $5,000 grant will benefit not only the Jacumba School, but ultimately the entire Mountain Empire School District because the STEM curricula and materials developed around the grant theme will be shared.

 “This is a wonderful gift that will keep on giving and we are very grateful for SDG&E’s support,” adds Dennett.

The grant was part of SDG&E’s 2012 Excellence in Civic Leadership Initiative, a charitable campaign that awarded $1.2 million to local non-profit organizations that serve the underserved K-12 population in San Diego County and South Orange County.

“The San Diego region is home to hundreds of non-profit organizations whose programs develop our kids’ interest in science, engineering, math and technology. SDG&E is proud to partner with many of these non-profits in support of our shared commitment to fostering tomorrow’s STEM leaders, especially those from our local underserved communities,” said Pedro Villegas, director of community relations for SDG&E.

About SDG&E

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers in San Diego and southern Orange counties. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

About Jacumba-Boulevard Revitalization Alliance

The Jacumba-Boulevard Revitalization Alliance is the 501C3 fundraising arm of the Boulevard-Jacumba Revitalization Committee which is part of the Mt. Empire Revitalization Group. The Group is sponsored by Supervisor Dianne Jacob to generate and move forward viable ideas for additional services and recreational opportunities for residents, and for economic development in the back country.

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