"To support and provide learning opportunities for students in the
Placentia -Yorba Linda Unified School District."
Founded in 2012, the REACH Foundation, an education non-profit, was created to support enrichment programs in Academics, Arts and Athletics for 34 schools (Grades K-12) in PYLUSD.
Our mission is to enrich, inspire and engage learners through educational experiences in collaboration with PYLUSD and our community.
The foundation of our activities, programs, and events is to advocate for 21st-century learning skills.
The 4 C’s: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communications. The key skills that are a part of our Mission statement are broken out into three categories:
The REACH Foundation will use 21st Century learning skills as the tool to measure the value of the programs we support.
"Education is not the learning of facts, but training the mind to think." - Allbert Einstein. As a PYLUSD parent for 20 years, I'm inspired by the ageless wisdom, dedication, and optimism of this Foundation. I'm thankful for the opportunity to partner with the District, Parents, Community Partners, and local businesses to produce and promote programs that prepare our children for their future. It is an honor to be apart of this awesome team!
"You make a life by what you give." -Winston Churchill. The positive PYLUSD K-12 experience my kids had inspired me to volunteer with the foundation in 2014. Serving as president since 2019, it has been rewarding to see how the programs we offer students spark interest and encouragement in learning. "
I have been a parent of PYLUSD students for 13 years but did not get involved in PTSA and REACH until they were in high school. Better late than never they say, and it's true! I am so thankful that I have finally gotten involved and will get to experience the great things that REACH does for PYLUSD.
Each child is unique, not only capable of learning… but also capable of succeeding. Robert John Meehan
As a former PYLUSD principal, teacher and parent, I have experienced and appreciated the uniqueness of children. I am inspired to be part of an organization that offers opportunities where all children learn and succeed.
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden
Being a part of the PYLUSD family for the past 25 years has been a blessing. I am excited to have an active role in the REACH Foundation & hope to inspire students in PYLUSD to reach their full potential.
Seeing the potential in every child, the REACH Foundation was a natural fit for me. As one of founding board members for REACH and a PTA/PTSA for the last 13 years, I have had the honor and privilege of helping students see their potential within our three core goals “Academics, Art, Athletics.”
I became a PTA volunteer in 2007 when my Grandaughter started Kindergarten and served in numerous positions over the years. I have continued as a Reach Foundation volunteer since 2017 because I love the opportunities Reach provides to our schools.
Heather Siemons, Arts & Seat Dedication
Roy Gill, ShamRock ’n Run
Jennifer Bolanis-Rogers, Finance & Special Projects
Jennifer DiBias, Academics - FLL Explorer
David Huizar, Academics Amy Spillane, Marketing
Shelly Spessard, Grant Writing & Fundraising
Roy Gill, ShamRock ’n Run
Amy Spillane, Marketing
Antonio Gei, Academics
Valeri Coulombe, Care Closet
Rowan Dix EDHS, Samuel Dix EDHS, Nikita Gupta YLHS, Harish Iyer EDHS, Sydney Kim EDHS, Aiden Kim Kraemer MS, Srihasika Potluri YLHS, Tanya Vidhun VHS, Megan Wang YLHS, Angela Yao VHS, and Evelyn Yao VHS.
In 2012, the ripple effects of the great recession were felt across the California education system with pervasive cuts to educational enrichment programs. The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District long tradition of hosting a district wide Middle School Track Meet was canceled due to budget cuts. Many 6-8 grade students over the years have good memories and experienced the positive effects of being part of a middle school team, practicing and training to compete in a track and field sport that kept them interested in school and healthy lifestyles.
Seeing a need to be filled, a group of action-minded parents organized and created a 501(c) (3) on a shoestring budget and founded the REACH Foundation, an education foundation to provide enrichment programs for PYLUSD students.
This year, we begin our eleventh year as an all volunteer non-profit. We have expanded our Healthy Lifestyles program beyond the Middle School Track Meet to hosting an annual Shamrock-n-Run 5K, 2K & SQUARE Obstacle Course. The funds raised from Shamrock-n-Run supports the Middle SchoolTrack meet along with our support of over 22 elementary school PTA Jog A Thons. The foundation also funded $13,900 Teacher Grants in 2023 . In recent years, we have accelerated our support of STEM by offering coding classes, bringing students and families together for outdoor environmental experiences and offering students the ability to work in Teams, develop communications and leadership skills and preparing them for the 21st Century.
We continue to be an all volunteer non-profit organization. In 202-2023, the foundation logged in over 3,900 volunteer hours. This year, we provided in-person experiences and continued a few of our virtual programs.
The sentiment of the founders of REACH remains steady in 2023-2024. Academics, Arts and Athletics/Healthy Lifestyles are key to becoming well rounded students and community members. The REACH Foundation continues to support the students of PYLUSD.
Help us expand our programs to more students by clicking on the Donate button below. Thank you in advance for your support!