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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 Gala / Auction, 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.

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…

Board of Directors

Executive Committee / Members

  • Alison ten Cate, President
  • Hector Casab, 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
  • Kim Dunne, Endowment
  • Eric Bookstein, Financial Secretary
  • John Peacock, Website/Online Presence Development
  • Tim Hoffman, Past President

Board of Directors – School Chairs

  • Aaron Daru and Kirsten Daru, Central
  • April Northrup and Tiffany Booth, 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
  • School Board Representative: Rahila Passi

SchoolForce Team

  • Donor Support: Bernadette Doerr
  • Donor Data: Melody Chan
  • Donor Development: Ryan Young
  • Graphic Design: Jacqueline Kraft
  • Matching Gifts: Melody Chan
  • Save The Music: Alan Sarver
  • Social Media: Jacqueline Kraft