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About Us
SchoolForce, the Belmont-Redwood Shores Public Schools Foundation, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID 91-2159650), run by volunteers and supported by parents, community members, and businesses.


We raise money for teachers and programs to ensure an exceptional education for the children of the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. In addition, we are dedicated to raising community awareness of key issues faced by our district, and what we can do as a community to ensure that all of our children receive a quality public education.

Schools We Serve

We serve the seven schools in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District: Central, Cipriani, Fox, Nesbit, Redwood Shores, and Sandpiper Elementary Schools, and Ralston Middle School. Read more about our schools…


In 2001, in the face of serious budget shortfalls, the Belmont-Redwood Shores school district put a parcel tax measure on the ballot. When that parcel tax failed, the district announced that it would end instrumental music. Read more…

Yearly Events

We hold four fundraising events a year: the SchoolForce Annual Fundraiser, our yearly Annual Giving Campaign which runs from Nov-June, an outdoor fall music festival called Save The Music, plus our Reading Power Read-a-thon. Click on each event for more details.

Core Values

We work together to:

  • Drive educational excellence
  • Lead community involvement in education
  • Use public resources effectively
  • Develop well-rounded children
  • Build a life-long love of learning

How is the Money Spent?

Each year the SchoolForce Board works with the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District to identify key funding requirements that are not met by other district revenue sources. Learn more…

Join Us!

SchoolForce is an all-volunteer organization and we can use your help. We particularly need volunteers with experience or interest in fundraising to help us increase our donor base (parents, community members, realtors). Our Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in the District office (2960 Hallmark Dr, Belmont). Additional volunteers are always needed, especially at the individual school level.  Contact us…

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Executive Board
  • Alison ten Cate, President
  • Kelsey Homyk, Secretary
  • Sam Leinbach, Treasurer
  • Barry Rowland, VP of Operations
  • Mylinh Nightengale, VP of Events
  • Grete Fry, VP of Annual Giving
  • Vacant, VP of Outreach
  • Vacant, VP of Marketing and Communications

Board of Directors
  • Kim Dunne, Endowment
  • Eric Bookstein, Financial Secretary
  • Kori Meeks-Martin, Business Outreach
  • John Peacock, Website/Online Presence Development
  • Tim Hoffman, Past President
  • Vacant, Data, Reports and Salesforce

Board of Directors – School
  • Aaron Daru and Kirsten Daru, Central
  • April Northrup, Cipriani
  • Sandra Sanvido, Fox
  • Alison Mellon, Nesbit
  • Eric Manning, Ralston
  • Garth Fraser, Redwood Shores
  • Ying Gonikman and Shelley Tang, Sandpiper

Non-Voting Partners:

Executive Director: Ardythe Andrews
District Representatives: Michael Milliken,
Craig Goldman
Legal: Matt Brady, Jeff Selman
Opening Doors PTA Rep: Varsha Likhite
School Board Representative: Huan Phan

SchoolForce Team:
Donation Support: Cheri Hariri
Donation Data Entry: Melody Chan
Donor Development: Ryan Young
Graphic Design: Jacqueline Kraft
Matching Gifts: Melody Chan
Save The Music: Alan Sarver
Social Media: Jacqueline Kraft
Website: Clarissa Naftzger