"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 our 34 schools, Grades K-12.
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.
"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. "
"Education is not the learning of facts, but training the mind to think." - Allbert Einstein. As a PYLUSD parent for 18 years, I'm inspired by our children every day to create, connect, and collaborate. I enjoy working with the District, Parents & Community partners to develop STEAM programs that prepare our children for their future. It's an honor to be apart of this awesome team!
"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” ~Marian Wright Edelman My overall passion in life is to help others. Drawing from 19 years in the corporate world and being a parent in PYLUSD for over 10 years, I am proud to be a part of REACH Foundation as a means to fulfill my passion.
"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is deficient." - Unknown
We are thankful that our kids were in PYLUSD schools K-12. It provided an excellent education/foundation with a wonderful community to be part of in raising our family. I joined the REACH Foundation in 2018 to give back and continue to support our district. I just recently retired from a high tech company where I managed a worldwide technical learning program.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
Roy Gill - ShamRock'n Run Race Director
Roy Gill is a proud girl's dad who ran the ShamRock'n Run 5K for years with his daughters! As a former, Financial Controller & Vice President of an Engineering company for 24 years, he enjoys coaching Cross-Country and Track & Field runners. He was the Assistant Coach at Valencia High School in 2016 and 2017 when the team won it's first league championship in 23 years! "Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it." - Buddha
John Teal - STEAM Team Coordinator, Academics Programs
John Teal is a Business Development executive and Technology & Design Project Manager with a broad background in engineering, training, application development and graphic design. John joins the REACH Foundation with a vision to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through hands-on/minds-on critical thinking, creativity, and learning. John and his wife Lorna have two children who both attended primary, middle, and high school in the PYLUSD.
Evelyn Yao - Student Representative
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi. I am currently in 8th grade and attend Kraemer Middle School. While growing up, I was inspired to be part of my community more and help others. I want to be able to encourage others to reach their full potential while also developing my own and making new friends in the process.
Nikki Linen - Placentia Chamber Liaison, photographer
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 ninth year as an all volunteer non-profit. We have expanded our Healthy Lifestyles program beyond the Middle School Track Meet to hosting an annual 5K Shamrock-n-Run (USTAF certified) and 2K Fun Run/Walk. The funds raised from Shamrock-n-Run supports the Track meet along with other programs including our support of over 22 elementary school PTA Jog A Thons. Our Board also funded teacher grants for Visual or Performing Arts special projects. 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 2019-2020, the foundation logged in over 2,500 volunteer hours. In 2020-2021, we adapted and reinvented our programs for virtual and distance learning, maintaining our volunteer hours. This year, we are looking forward to providing in-person experiences, following the State and District’s guidelines, and continuing a few of our virtual programs.
The sentiment of the founders of REACH remains steady in 2021-2022. 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.
REACH Foundation president
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