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$24,000 to HSMS & RVMS

Schools Plus officials Clint Shubel, John Bribiescas, Ashley Haskins and Brendan Kunkle tote $24,000.00 to a middle schools track meet. Two schools, Herbert Slater M.S. and Rincon Valley M.S., received $12,000.00 each.

Hundreds of kids are benefitting from our community’s support. The kids thank you mightily!

SP Officials Present $22,000.00 to Piner High

Schools Plus presents $22,000.00 to Piner High at the school's production of A MID SUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The funds are for music, art and athletics.

Gifts given to Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa Floral, and Elsie Ellen Music for all their support

The MCHS Culinary Program, the SRHS Floral classes and the EAHS Drum Band have become integral parts of the Schools Plus annual fundraiser, A Night Under the Lights. From catering, center pieces and entertainment, these students work hard to make the event a success. Schools Plus has been supporting these programs for a number of years.

All Star Basketball Game - May 17th

Girls - 6pm

Boys - 7:30pm

Our 2014 allocations of $189,500 are completed: $22,000 to senior highs and $12,000 to middle schools and Ridgway High.

On behalf of all the students we support, Schools Plus thanks the families and business of Santa Rosa who made this possible!

Sponsor Schools Plus at this Year's Human Race

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Schools Plus will participate in the Sonoma County Human Race. Please consider sponsoring us in this effort by giving $10, $20, $50 or whatever you can to help.

Schools Plus is an all volunteer group of Santa Rosa citizens whose mission is funding sports, music, art, drama and other enrichment programs for students in Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools.

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Go Local Sonoma County Recognizes A Night Under the Lights' Success

More than 350 concerned parents, educators, business and community leaders from all over Santa Rosa rallied into fundraising action at the fourth annual Schools Plus, “A Night Under the Lights” gala on October 19, 2013 to raise more than $130,000 to benefit Santa Rosa City’s Middle and High School Arts, Sports, Drama and Music programs.

“Santa Rosa’s business and community leaders made a very impactful statement with their generosity at the Schools Plus annual gala,” said Jeff Carniglia, board president of Schools Plus. “We are thrilled to announce an increase of over $20,000 from last year’s total net proceeds raised. In fact, we estimate $130,000 will go directly to Santa Rosa City School’s arts, sports, music and drama programs. It’s clear our community does not want to simply see our vital co-curricular educational programs maintained; we want to see these programs thrive.”

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The Press Democrat Sounds Off on A Night Under the Lights' Success

“A Night Under the Lights,” the annual gala fundraiser hosted by Schools Plus, pulled in $130,000 to benefit athletics, arts and drama programs in Santa Rosa City Schools’ middle and high school campuses, organizers say.

The Oct. 19 fete featured dance performances by students from Santa Rosa and Maria Carrillo high schools, music performances led by students, and a show by Elsie Allen High’s drum line. The dinner was prepared by students in Maria Carrillo’s culinary program and Montgomery High’s dance crew led guests in a flash mob performance, according to organizers.

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Schools Plus booster John Bribiescas a driving force for education funding

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Our 2013 allocations of $160,000.00 are completed: $20,000.00 to senior highs and $10,000.00 to middle schools and Ridgway High.

On behalf of all the students we support, Schools Plus thanks the families and business of Santa Rosa who made this possible!

Thank you to GoLocal for spreading word of our own John Bribiescas' Award!

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It was a fantastic day at the 2013 Human Race!

Not only were we able to support our community by helping to raise money, we were also able to spend time interacting with participants and informing them about all of the wonderful things that Schools Plus has been doing for Santa Rosa schools. Another great year is in the works!

Schools Plus Chairman of the Board, John Bribiescas, presents Piner High School with a $20,000 check for arts and sports programs!

Schools Plus presents Santa Rosa Middle School with $10,000 for arts and sports programs

Cook Middle School accepts a check for $10,000 to support arts and drama programs!

Santa Rosa High School accepts $20,000 Schools Plus check!

2013 Night Under the Lights Event

Come back soon for new info on this years event!

2013 Night Under the Lights

2012 Night Under the Lights Recap

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Click Here to View our Recap from the 2012 Night Under the Lights event!

SchoolsPlus honored by SR school board

SchoolsPlus, a nonprofit group that for more than two decades has raised money and support arts and athletics in all of Santa Rosa City Schools middle and high school campus, was honored Wednesday night for their resurgent support. The group increased their annual donation this year, giving all five comprehensive high schools $20,000 (up from $12,500 last year) and middle schools as well as Ridgway High $10,000 (up from $6,250 last year). The money is to be split evenly between sports and arts at each campus.

In the photo are SchoolsPlus board members: (founding member) John Bribiescas, Rick Niles, Jason Lea, Keith LaVine, Brendan Kunkle, Jeff Carniglia, Ashley Haskins, Tracy Weitzenberg, Kelly Dibblee, Sally Frey, and Laura Clelland. Since its inception in the early 1990s and its first telethon in 1991, the group has donated more than $2 million to Santa Rosa City Schools programs.

SchoolsPlus ups its annual contribution to Santa Rosa schools

SchoolsPlus is at it again.
The nonprofit that has been supporting athletics and arts in all Santa Rosa City Schools middle and high schools for more than two decades has upped their annual contribution to each campus, according to the group’s leaders...

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Schools Plus' John Bribiescas presents a $1000 gift to Maria Carillo High School culinary program director, Mary Schiller. The MCHS culinary program is an important part of the Schools Plus NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS gala fundraiser. The 2013 gala will be held on October 19 at The Friedman Center!

Schools Plus allocations continue! $10,000 to Slater Middle School and $10,000 to Rincon Valley Middle School!

Montgomery High School Athletic Director Dean Haskins and Principal Laurie Fong accept a $20,000 donation from Schools Plus!

Twenty-three year tradition continues for GO LOCAL member Schools Plus

On February 22, 2013 at the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus, Schools Plus announced its donation of $160,000 to Santa Rosa public Secondary Schools to fund sports, music, art and drama programs...

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Principal Hucek and Patty, school secretary accept Schools Plus' $10,000 check to benefit sports and arts at Ridgway High School!

Thank you Wine Country Exchange Club President, Mr. Ray Carlson for presenting John Bribiescas with a check for $2000.00 for the Schools Pus 2013 mission to maintain and enhance important enrichment programs in SRCS secondary schools!

Schools Plus presents a $20,000 check at the Santa Rosa High vs. Ukiah game. Keeping sports programs alive in Santa Rosa City Schools!

A Big Thank You to Julie Nation

On November 3, 2012, The Julie Nation Academy celebrated 40 years of educating and preparing young people to participate in society, the world of work, and beyond as well mannered, well rounded productive citizens. The fall celebration included a delightful and uplifting dinner a silent auction and a wonderful walk down memory lane. The benefit dinner raised $6200.00 and was donated to Schools Plus.

On behalf of the 10,000+ middle and high school students we support, the entire Schools Plus organization thanks Julie and her Academy Family. This donation will directly impact hundreds of student athletes, artists and musicians in the 2013 school year. Julie’s gift will assure that kids who could otherwise not afford participation fees the opportunities to experience The Arts and athletic programs in Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools. We share in Julie’s belief that by enriching others, we are enriched.

Julie Nation, Founder and President of Julie Nation Academy with Harasyn Sipes, Academy Director

Julie Nation and John Bribiescas, Schools Plus' Chairman of the Board

Schools Plus is grateful once again to the Linda L. Grant fund for its 2012 gift to support music, art and athletics in Santa Rosa’s public secondary schools. The funds donated will have a direct impact on dozens of students in the spring 2013 semester. Thanks also to the Community Foundation of Sonoma County for working to keep our communities the best place to raise children.

Press Democrat: Santa Rosa Schools OKs budget, dips into reserves

The Santa Rosa school board lopped $8.3 million from its budget for the upcoming school year, dropping its reserve fund to 1 percent, axing six days from the calendar and reducing general fund spending to $85 million...

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Rincon Valley Middle School Donation

Schools Plus board members present $6250.00 to RVMS principal, Matt Marshall. In the background are 220 members of the RVMS track team, still running and jumping because of your support.

300+ kids benefiting from your generous donations! Tremendous!!

Bob Padecky: Where would we be without Schools Plus?

"Mention the name “Schools Plus” to any coach or administrator in the Santa Rosa school system and they will turn into a gooey mess of affection. Schools Plus is an exalted principle to them, an ideal of the highest ranking as it were, and words nearly fail for school officials describing what the organization means to them."

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2012 Allocations Underway: $100,000.00 impacting 11 Santa Rosa Secondary Schools!

Join with us in making a positive impact in our community. Schools Plus welcomes partnerships and sponsorships.

Breakfast of Champions

Board Members Windy Swindt, Ashley Haskins and Jill Peterson at the 2012 Human Race - Breakfast of Champions kick-off event.

Help save public secondary school sports with new athletic gear from Heart and Sole!

Shop March 12-25th at Heart & Sole Sports and a portion of all sales will be donated to Schools Plus! Just mention "Schools Plus" at the register!

Santa Rosa Middle School Donation

On February 24, at the Santa Rosa Middle School's annual multi-cultural celebration, Schools Plus presented a check for $6,250 to the school principal, Kathy Coker.

Press Democrat Article

"Studies indicate that girls who participate in sports are more likely to get good grades and graduate from high school, have more confidence and better body image, and benefit from a variety of other psychological and sociological advantages."

from "Nurturing Love of Sports - Girls Sports Expo volunteer helps expose girls in grades 3-6 to a smorgasbord of athletic activities" featured in The Press Democrat January 29, 2012

Local Students Raise Funds with Flamingos

Allison Lopez (junior) and Austin Rydeberg (senior) are students at Piner High School. This past summer (2011) Allison and Austin were inspired to help their fellow students across Santa Rosa by raising funds for Schools Plus.

Their campaign included flamingoes. The flamingoes were placed on front lawns of homes in their neighborhood with a Support Our Kids by donating to Schools Plusask letter attached to one of the flock. The flock eventually visited thirty-one donors, raising $284 for sports, music and art in Santa Rosa's public schools.

Austin and Allison describe themselves as "Action Oriented". Instead of complaining about cuts to valuable high school and middle school programs, they decided to do something about it. Schools Plus is very impressed and very grateful to Allison and Austin for being "part of" the solution.

Thank you from Schools Plus and all the kids we support!!

RE-CAP: THANK YOU to All Who came out to Support Schools Plus at the 2011 All Star Basketball Game on June 25th

Your support is much appreciated! Click here to see photos, a list of players and our sponsors. Thank you!

RE-CAP: THANK YOU to All Who Joined us and Supported Schools Plus at the 2011 Human Race

To All of the Schools Plus Supporters, Thank you for Join Us!

AND A BIG THANKS to the entire team at Cercone, Solomon, and Wear! How VERY fortunate we are to have the 20 team members there, working to help Schools Plus!

PAST EVENT: Schools Plus at the Human Race

Support Schools Plus in the Human Race. 2011 is special as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sonoma County Human Race on Saturday, May 7.

You can support schools plus by donating to the Human Race and supporting Schools Plus as your non-profit. Come see us at the race!

The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations and is the largest collaborative fundraising event in Sonoma County as well as the largest Human Race in the nation!

The Sonoma County Race features a 3K and 10K run and walk through Howarth and Spring Lake Parks, rain or shine.

Organizations and businesses recruit walkers/runners/pledge-gatherers to raise funds. Funds can be raised for any nonprofit organization, school or church. The run and walk is open to all.

RE-CAP: 2010 Hoops Symposium

Visit our Hoops Symposium Page to see sponsors and photos of the event.  Thank you to all of those who joined us at the second annual Redwood Empire Hoops Symposium.

Three Big Thank You's

In the coming months, Santa Rosa's kids will benefit greatly due to the efforts of Santa Rosa's 20/30 Club, The Santa Rosa Police Officers' Association and Santa Rosa's Fire Fighters' Association. These three groups have worked together to revive the traditional 4th of July fireworks event, Red White and Boom, in their on-going efforts to raise money for Santa Rosa's kids. In 2010, they chose Schools Plus as their beneficiary and we all worked together to assure the community that sports programs will continue in our high schools and middle schools. The result is the single largest dollar donation to Schools Plus in over two decades: $15,146.00. This money will be allocated directly to our schools in early 2011. The whole community owes a huge THANK YOU to these fine groups, truly Santa Rosa's finest.


Celebrate Community

As Schools Plus moves into our third decade of funding sports, music and art in Santa Rosa's public secondary schools, our efforts have been dramatically enhanced by the backing of Celebrate Community.

The support of this powerful, Sonoma County coalition has positioned Schools Plus to assure thousands of kids throughout Santa Rosa and beyond that fund raising for vital enrichment programs will continue in a more effective manner. Celebrate Community provides our organization promotional assistance as well as donating $12,500.00.  Schools Plus is grateful and proud to be supported by this important, forward thinking group of business professionals.

On behalf of all the kids we support, Thank you.


RE-CAP: 2010 A Night Under the Lights 

Visit our Night Under the Lights Page to see sponsors, silent auction donors, and photos of the event.  Again, thank You to all of those who joined us at the first annual Night Under the Lights.

RE-CAP: 2010 Golf Tournament Update

Visit our Golf Tournament Page to see all our sponsors, as well as photos of the event.  Again, thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored and supported Schools Plus at the 18th Annual Friedman's/Schools Plus Golf Tournament.

PAST EVENT: Join Us for a Night Under the Lights at the Friedman Center

Music, Dinner & Dancing, Live & Silent Auctions, Student Performances and MORE!

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PAST EVENT: Join Us June 25, 2010 starting at 6:30pm

Sonoma County League vs North Bay League All Star Basketball Games

Haehl Pavillion, Santa Rosa Junior College

PAST EVENT:  Santa Rosa's Red, White & Boom! Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hosted by:
-Active 20/30 Club #50
-Santa Rosa's Police Officers & Firefighters
Proceeds Benefit Schools Plus to Help Save Spring Sports Programs!

Sunday, July 4, 2010
Santa Rosa Fairgrounds
4 pm:  Gates Open
5 pm:  Music Begins (Featuring Wonder Bread 5 & High Speed Wobble)
9:30/Dark: Fireworks
Ticket Info:

Family of 4 for $20 or less:
$7: Adults and kids 13 and over
$3: Kids 6-12
Free: Kids 5 and under
Parking: $5

Food Vendors! Music! Including Wonder Bread 5, High Speed Wobble and more!
Note: No glass or alcohol. Picnicking encouraged, but no tailgating please.
Learn more:
Event Description
Santa Rosa Red, White & Boom is a fun, family-friendly celebration event held at the Sonoma County Fair Grounds that includes fireworks, picnic grounds, food vendors and music. Put on by volunteers from the Active 20-30 Club #50 and Santa Rosa’s police officers and firefighters for the benefit of the community, proceeds in 2010 will go to nonprofit Schools Plus to help save area school spring sports programs at middle and high schools. The public is encouraged to support this community event!

Schools Plus Helped Save Spring Sports for 2011!

"....... To bridge any potential gap in the $250,000 needed to fund spring sports, the district received a guarantee of up to $100,000 from the non-profit SchoolsPlus organization.

'We exist for you,' SchoolsPlus board member and retired Montgomery High School principal Bill Stirnus said. 'Our purpose is to keep athletics going in schools. We understand how important that is.' ...."

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Welcome New Board Members!

Cortney Burke

Jeff Carniglia

Ted Grafe

Ashley Haskins

Ann Hurd

Patty Jellison

Brendan Kunkle

Jason Lea

Rick Niles

Jill K. Peterson

Patrick Stelzner

Tracy Weitenberg


We are looking forward to an exciting new year!

Thank You's

A Big Thank you to Redwood Credit Union and the Wine Country Chapter of the California Credit Union League!  We had a great time at the event held May 13 at the Rohnert Park "Driven Raceway" with 92 people in attendance, racing the night away.  Seven local credit unions cane out to the Staff Appreciation, Business Partner Spotlight & Fundraiser, including; Redwood, Community First, Call State Central, Patelco, Mendo Lake, Golden 1 & San Francisco Police.  Schools Plus was the beneficiary.

The CCUL provides forums for education, networking, political advocacy, and credit union awareness, while promoting community involvement and a cooperative spirit among credit unions.


Thank you Pomegranate Salon. Wow!  What a team you have there in the beautiful, old Rosenberg house at 824 Mendocino Avenue.  Your recent gifts to Schools Plus are generous and important and will help greatly as Schools Plus works with the whole community to save sports and art programs in our city high schools.  Pomegranate Salon is a perfect example of business people dedicated to community.  Again, THANK YOU.

Save the Dates!

Upcoming Schools Plus events to mark your calendars!  More information will be made available closer to the event dates.

Upcoming Events

5th Annual
Night Under the Lights

October 25th, 2014

Save the Date!

"Dear Schools Plus,

I wanted to write to you today, and share my gratitude with you. Looking around one of my 5 Art classes today, as they laughed and explored the paintings they were making, I realized that none of their joy and growth would be possible without your organization. My Art budgets are pretty much nil these days, and although I have collected, saved, and hoarded for much of my career, the funding your organization provides for my students allows me to give them the Art Experience they need to become lifelong lovers of Art.

Thank you again, what you are doing is reaching hundreds of my students every year. You are really making a difference in SO many lives. "

- Dawn Thomas, Art and Maker Teacher / Comstock Middle School / Santa Rosa Middle School

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