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The Pleasant Hill Education Initiative
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The Pleasant Hill Education Initiative is a multi-year community wide volunteer effort to enhance the quality of education for Pleasant Hill students. The Initiative is intended to:

  • Provide better educational opportunities to students
  • Prepare students for College and future careers
  • Improve graduation rates for High School students
  • Make learning fun and interesting

The Initiative has formed a Steering Committee which is developing programs and projects for implementation in the coming school year.

Programs & Projects
1. The Green Team 

This team will focus on interdisciplinary education about organic gardening, healthy food & nutrition, sustainability and recycling. The intent is integrate the program with common core by applying these principles and practices in conjunction with STEM programs, engineering and possibly AP Environmental Science. Below are some of the current projects of the Green Team:        
  1. Salad Bar volunteers needed at Gregory Gardens, Strandwood, Valhalla, Valley View

2. Junior Achievement

This is a national program designed for K-12 students to inspire and prepare them to succeed in the global economy. The Initiative is hoping to expand this program to schools in Pleasant Hill. More details about the program can be obtained at http://bayarea.ja.org/ or contact Shaun Rundle at .

3. Reading Readiness & Tutoring

Books are more than the stories inside. They’re a key to unlocking the potential in every child.  Help a child learn to read by volunteering for the Reading Readiness program beginning this fall. 

The Reading Readiness program will target students in grades K-2 at each elementary school in Pleasant Hill.  Volunteers will be matched with young readers and will work one-on-one with students under a teacher’s guidance to improve their reading skills and give them the confidence they need to thrive in the classroom. There is no previous experience necessary to volunteer, just a commitment of one hour a week to make a difference.  Volunteers will need to be fingerprinted and TB tested.

The PHEI is also interested in partnering with businesses, civic and religious groups that are willing to create Reading Readiness teams to help out in the classroom. Contact Cindy Rubin, Volunteer Coordinator, to sign up for this program or get more information.

4. Career Readiness

This program will involve business leaders engaging with students to discuss future careers and professions. It could take the form of several Career Day events or a monthly program with guest speakers. The Initiative is seeking volunteers from the business community to participate in this program. The next event in this program is Career Night at College Park High School on November 20th at 6:30 p.m. Contact Jennifer Ortega for more information.

5. Parent Education Forums

These forums are intended to provide information to parents for students entering Elementary, Middle and High School. The Pleasant Hill Education Commission has hosted similar forums in the past and hopes to replicate these during the 2013-14 school year.

6. Library Events

Several events are planned to take place at the Pleasant Hill Library with students participating in interactive experiments and scientific projects. The first event, "Night of a 1,000 Inventions" was held on September 24 2013. Contact Patrick Remer at for more details.


For more information on the Initiative or any of the programs mentioned, please contact Martin Nelis at or by phone at (925) 671-5229.