Bay Bread Founder Makes Lead Gift Toward Historic Advancement of Sterne School

Bay Bread Founder Makes Lead Gift Toward Historic Advancement of Sterne School

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pascal Rigo, the founder of Bay
Bread and the iconic and omnipresent French bistro La Boulange, has made a
historic gift to the Sterne School, San Francisco's only independent day
school dedicated to middle and high schools with learning differences (LD).

Sterne School is in the midst of a pivotal expansion. To support the rising
number of students with LD, and continue to serve as a leader in LD education,
in January 2012 the Sterne School Board of Directors resolved to launch its
first expansion Campaign in nearly 20 years: Great Minds, Thinking
Differently.

The Campaign for Sterne School is the largest fundraising initiative in the
school's history, with a working goal of $2.5M to be raised over a period of
2-3 years. Mr. Rigo, who has served on the Sterne School Board since May 2011
and has been instrumental in developing visions including a planned
school-to-work jobs training program for LD students, led the fundraising with
a groundbreaking challenge match of $500,000.

Great Minds, Thinking Differently is committed to advancing the school's
mission - educating students with learning differences and providing them with
the skills and strategies necessary to reach their academic potential, via
three key pillars: facility, program, and resources. Since the launch of the
campaign in January, milestones include: the acquisition of a new facility for
the High School; renovations to the Middle School site; integration of 21^st
Century technology into all classrooms; a renewed emphasis on wellness and the
brain-body connection; and a nationally recognized learning expert on staff.

In just seven short months, 21 lead donors -- including founding Head of
School Valerie Anthony, 100% of Board and Campaign Committee members, and a
small group of notable alumni families -- offered historic pledges towards Mr.
Rigo's match. Thanks to their truly humbling generosity, in August 2012 Sterne
surpassed the $500K challenge; to-date, fundraising stands at $1,006,000 and a
"first million" milestone celebration will take place on December 13^th.

Sterne School is a nationally recognized, WASC accredited, independent co-ed
day school committed to educating students with learning differences. Through
a hands-on and individualized program that focuses on academic and social
development, Sterne is dedicated to educating its students for the challenges
of life. Sterne School is located in San Francisco. For more information
please visit www.sterneschool.org.

SOURCE Sterne School

Website: http://www.sterneschool.org
Contact: Jaime Tollas, Director of Development, +1-415-922-6081,
jtollas@sterneschool.org
 
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