Prom and graduation didn’t go exactly as planned for the class of 2020, but the Desert Sands Educational Foundation didn’t let a virus stop its generosity for classrooms.

The Desert Sands Educational Foundation closed out the school year by delivering a check for $22,797.84 to Desert Sands Unified School District.

This money was generated from the first annual Desert Sands Educational Foundation Gala, Building for Education. This construction- themed gala, held on February 29, 2020 at Ironwood Country Club, honored longtime desert resident, Dick Oliphant. The grants have been distributed to STEAM projects throughout the district in amounts not to exceed $500. Earlier in the year over $30,000 was placed directly in the classrooms as teachers and students participated in the third annual CAMFest at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, a celebration of the arts.

STEAM grant requests included such projects as school maker spaces – areas for exploration and learning; to campus gardens; to video equipment. Over 60 individual classroom requests were received. Funding from CAMFest goes directly to classes participating in the music and arts event. The Children’s Art and Music Fest celebrated its third successful year in December 2019. The event will not be held in 2020 but will resume in 2021.

“We look forward to working with the community to enhance the education for the students of Desert Sands Unified School District in the years ahead,” Foundation Director Sean Webb said in a prepared statement.

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