I’d like to take the opportunity to thank PREA for their ongoing commitment and dedication to student success within the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. Their partnership and efforts continue to add various programs and opportunities for students and staff and we are extremely fortunate to have their support. We look forward to building our partnership and working together as we build our VAPA program in the 2015-16 school year.

Chris Williams
Paso Robles School District Superintendent

Teacher Grant Recipient – Spring 2015

Lab Equipment
Amount Awarded: $500

“In Chemistry, most of our budget goes to expensive consumables like chemicals, glassware, and equipment. The ability to get additional instructional aid has been challenging, and the PREA grant has provided that opportunity. Thank you so much for the support.”

Anthony Overton
Chemistry Teacher, Paso Robles High School

Teacher Grant Recipient – Spring 2015

New Books
Amount Awarded: $500

“I am so thankful for the materials I was able to purchase for my classroom with the PREA grant. My teammate and I are currently planning our unit for the novel The Long Walk to Water and we are excited at the opportunities for critical thinking it will provide our 7th graders. The novel will allow us to meet common core standards for reading literature and will allow us to incorporate nonfiction into our unit, which deepens students’ ability to think in complex ways. Not only will this book help make better students, but its topic will also help engage our students and make them better people as well.”

Lindsey Ballenger
Teacher, Daniel E. Lewis Middle School

Georgia Brown Technology Grant (Specialty Program)

Document Camera for Classroom
Value: $1,000

“The document camera provided to my classroom through the PREA Grant in 2012 allowed me to give more immediate, precise visual presentations, and to efficiently challenge the children I teach in exciting and interactive instruction in all areas of language arts. I use it every single school day! Thank you PREA donors!”

Dawn Steuwer
3rd Grade Teacher, Georgia Brown Elementary

Teacher Grant Recipient – Spring 2015

Food Webs – Hands on Lab
Amount Awarded: $250

“Without the PREA Grant for owl pellets to teach food webs, my students would not be able to experience this hands on Lab and would not be able to learn the many other science topics that come up in this lab. Students are very engaged and have many questions they can explore from this experience.”

Dolores Alexander
Science Teacher - Daniel E. Lewis Middle School

Teacher Grant Recipient – Spring 2015

Science – Lab Equipment
Amount Awarded: $500

The PREA grant has been especially helpful for our fledgling Marine Biology program at the high school. In its first year, I am working hard to build a rigorous lab schedule. The PREA grant made it possible to order a class set of hydrometers that my students can use to measure the density of sea water and the water in our aquarium. That density is then used to calculate salinity of the water after we take into account the temperature. We also got 2 refractometers that students use to determine the salinity of seawater based on the refractive index of saline water, denser water bends the light more. My physical oceanography unit just got a whole lot more applicable with these new tools that PREA bought for us.

Jon-Paul Ewing
Science Teacher, Paso Robles High School

Teacher Grant Recipient – Spring 2015

Journalism – Print Expansion
Amount Awarded: $500

“PREA supported nearly 30 student journalists at PRHS, generously funding an expensive print expansion that permitted more student writing, photography, and design to serve our PRHS readers. It was a victory on a host of levels, and we are tremendously impacted by the difference they made in our educational goals.”

Jeff Mount
Journalism Teacher, Paso Robles High School

Teacher Grant Recipient – Fall 2014

Mock Trial
Amount Awarded: $500

“If it was not for the generosity of the PREA grant funding, my 8th grade GATE class would not have had an enrichment activity this year due to lack of funds. With the grant, I was able to afford the middle school entry fee for the renowned SLO COUNTY MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION. Students are given the opportunity to study a court case and present in front of a real judge in a real courtroom. They compete against another middle school and are judged by lawyers in SLO County. It is one of those experiences a student will never forget. Even though they are playing a “role,” (whether it is a lawyer, a witness, or court clerk) the intensity of a real court experience is gained. It allowed my students to gain valuable lessons that they will be able to carry with them for the rest of their life.”






Melissa Flickinger
English Teacher - Flamson Middle School

Teacher Grant Recipient – Fall 2014

Drama Production of “A Christmas Carol”
Amount Awarded: $500

“PREA allowed me to rent period style costumes for “A Christmas Carol”. These costumes, for a cast of 35, were from PCPA and have been used in professional productions. We felt honored to have been able to afford these beautiful costumes because of PREA!”

Marcy Goodnow
Drama Teacher, Paso Robles High School

“The collective work of the Paso Robles Education Alliance (PREA) has allowed our schools district to do great things with our students. We are eternally grateful to PREA for their vision in bringing to life so many vital programs to the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District.”

Kathleen McNamera
PRJUSD Superintendent 2007-2014

Teacher Grant Recipient

“For some time now I have wanted to write to you and let you know how much your organization has meant to both me as a teacher in the Paso Robles School District and as a parent of a student in the school district. The Paso Robles Education Alliance’s contributions to our community have impacted student’s learning in many positive ways.”

Mary M. Mason
Teacher, Paso Robles School District

College Scholarship Recipient – 2011

“I want to extend my deepest thanks for your continued support. Your generosity has been unprecedented. I am proud to come from a community that so highly values education.”

Austin Ehrhardt
University of California Berkley

College Scholarship Recipient – 2011

“Thank you for the generous scholarship. I shall use it to help me pay for college, and it will be useful in that regard. I will be attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo to study Civil Engineering, and your scholarship should help me through the challenges ahead.”

Sara Mason
Cal Poly State University

College Scholarship Recipients – 2011

Note: This group of exceptional students included recipients for the first year PREA awarded college scholarships. A private donor has contributed to each of these students tuition/living expenses for all 4 years of their college careers. We are proud to see each of them graduate from their respective colleges in 2016. 

“We all can’t ever thank you enough for all of the financial support you have given us over the past 3 years. You have taken a huge burden off our shoulders by your generosity and willingness to help us all in times of need. Your efforts and contributions will always be remembered as every day we appreciate the education we were lucky enough to receive.”

Kyleigh, Isaiah, Morgan, Sara, Austin & Devon
2011 Paso Robles High School Graduates

Technology Grant Recipient (Specialty Program)

Document Camera
Value: $1,000

“Through the PREA, my classroom was able to enter the 21st century. The grant I received from the PREA provided for a projector and document reader to be appropriately installed in my classroom to make it easy to use on a daily basis. Through using this wonderful new technology, I am able to provide my students with better examples of art and demonstrate art processes much clearer than before. Thank you again PREA.”

Jeanne Aird
Art Teacher, Paso Robles High School