Elementary Schools Information Guide
Deacon Noé Gonzalez, left, a St. Elizabeth alum and parent, presented a personalized, calligraphy Scripture verse to Dorothy Shea, Anne Davison and John Shea on behalf of the school.
Gift aids St. Elizabeth Elementary
St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Oakland got a major facelift this summer thanks to a $200,000 gift from Shea Family Charities of Los Angeles.
The school's exterior sports a fresh coat of paint and a new security gate and landscaping along 33rd Avenue. Newly repainted bathrooms have new fixtures. In addition, every teacher has a new Mac laptop and every classroom has a new wireless Epson printer and Apple TV device.
"You can't imagine what your generous donation has meant to our school and our community," Principal Deline Easterday told John and Dorothy Shea and their daughter, Anne Davison, as they toured St. Elizabeth on Aug. 23. "We're now the jewel of the Fruitvale neighborhood," Easterday said.
St. Elizabeth is one of three Bay Area schools affiliated with the Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope, a nonprofit that provides tuition assistance and program support to eight inner-city schools, three in the Bay Area and five in Los Angeles.
Vision of Hope's San Francisco schools, St. James and St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception, also received $200,000 each in improvements.
Shea Family Charities has funded major projects in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for more than 20 years. This was its first venture working with Catholic schools in the Oakland Diocese and Archdiocese of San Francisco.
"We hope to do more," said John Shea. "Catholic schools do such a wonderful job educating inner-city children. They need our support."
Anne Davison, who lives in Northern California, visited the three schools earlier this year, saw their many needs and spearheaded Shea Family Charities' expansion to the Bay Area.
John Shea is president and chairman of the board of the J.F. Shea Co. Inc., an outgrowth of a business his grandfather began in 1887 in Portland, Oregon. The company has sold thousands of homes and completed large commercial construction projects exceeding $1 billion throughout the United States.
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