Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: San Diego Masons Celebrate Public Schools by Donating $119,000 to Support Local Teachers and Students on April 9, 2015

Editors: The following event is being held on one of our campuses. Reporters are invited to attend. Photo opportunities will be available.


April 8, 2015




San Diego Masons Celebrate Public Schools by Donating $119,000 to Support Local Teachers and Students

California Masons Donate More than $760,000 to Support Public Education Statewide


On April 9, 2015, San Diego-area public schools will receive a generous donation from the Masons of California. Local Masons on the fraternity’s Public Schools Advisory Council will present San Diego Unified administrators with $119,000 in support of local teachers and students.  The donation is part of the Masons’ commitment to make a profound difference for public education throughout the state.


The Masons of California have helped make public education a focal issue in California since their 1920 introduction of Public Schools Week, now celebrated statewide as Public Schools Month each April. The donation to support teachers and students within San Diego area public schools is presented as part of the fraternity’s annual Public Schools Month Kickoff Celebration.  Events will be held throughout California this spring, with statewide donations amounting to more than $760,000.


The checks presented at this year’s Public Schools Month Kickoff Celebrations will provide funding for the fraternity’s statewide public education initiatives by:


·         Providing crucial fire safety information and training to vulnerable elementary school children through Firefighters in Safety Education


·         Giving deserving high school seniors a chance to complete a college education through the Investment in Success Scholarship Program



Public Schools Month Kickoff Celebration


When:              Thursday, April 9, 2015, 9-10:30 a.m.

                        9 a.m.      Tours of the Broadcast Studio, Auto Repair Shop, Football Field and Gym with performances by the high school’s Drumline and Cheerleaders.

9:30 a.m. Reception with student entertainment by the high school’s orchestra

10 a.m.    Program and Check presentation


Where:             James Madison High School

                                    4833 Doliva Drive (92117)


Who:                Dignitaries from the Masons on California and local masons

                        San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten

                        Madison High School Principal Richard Nash; Madison High Teacher Lili Reeves, former district Teacher of the Year and Madison alum; and Madison High students


Details:             Please join the Masons of California as we present teachers and students within San Diego public schools with $119,000.


Members of the press are invited and encouraged to attend. Photo opportunities will be available.

About the Masons of California

Freemasonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization, based on the belief that a man who strives to improve himself can also improve his community and the world at large. The Masons of California have more than 60,000 members and about 340 lodges located throughout the state.  The California Masonic Foundation is committed to making a profound difference for our communities, and touches the lives of thousands of Californians each year.  Learn more at and follow us on Twitter.  You can also visit us on Facebook and YouTube


Media Contact:   Joshua Castro, Philanthropy Coordinator, Masons of California, 415-292-9139; or Linda Zintz, Communications Director, San Diego Unified, 619-847-6637, .


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Linda Zintz

Communications Director

(619-725-5578 office

(619-847-6637 mobile