History

The Pleasant Valley Education Foundation was once known as Camarillo Foundation for Educational Enhancement. This group was incorporated June 28, 1985 and for a variety of reasons went silent several years later. It stayed that way for many years with ~$10,000 in the bank but no directors to control those funds. On September 29, 1998 the name was changed to the Pleasant Valley Education Foundation.

The PVEF gained a full head of steam in Feb 2001. Seed monies were collected from local developer Pardee Homes out of funds that were earmarked for a new school that the district didn’t need at the time. We also received a large grant from Tone Yee Investments. The two grants gave us over $500,000 to start with. This money was earmarked to get the Foundation off on a secure footing through the hiring of a fine arts chairperson for five years to write grants. The district hired someone but due to a combination of factors, the position only lasted a year. The monies were then redirected to boost the band program and start the foundation in its present form.

Over the last several years, PVEF has provided the funds for:

  • Virtual Science Lab Project, which equipped classrooms with laptop computers
  • Interactive SMART Boards which connect to computers and energize classroom presentations
  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Band Programs
  • District-Wide Strings Program
  • Early Music Education (Flutophones for Elementary Schools)
  • ELMO Cameras and Projectors for every public school in Camarillo

In the past, the only program that the PVEF created and ran on its own was CineMagic - and in its earliest years, CineMagic was considered just a fundraiser for the PVSD and not the fully fleshed-out performing arts program it is today. Most funds went to support Pleasant Valley School District programs and equipment.

While we still offer support to PVSD programs through our Innovation Grants, which, for the years 2009-2012 included the Arts Elective Wheel program, PVEF now runs its own afterschool programs for the benefit of all K-8 public school students. For a complete list of our programs, click on the Programs button on the menu.

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