I am please to highlight the opening of the new tutoring center for local San Mateo students at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center located at 725 Monte Diablo Avenue in San Mateo this evening, September 6, 2011 from 6-7 p.m. Media and members of the public are welcome to attend the grand opening this evening from 6-7 p.m.
The tutoring center is the result of a collaborative effort between the City of San Mateo, a $7,500 grant from the Boris and Vera Bogart Foundation, and volunteer work from local neighbors.
The tutoring center at the MLK Center will provide much needed access to quiet, dedicated study space for local students. Generations of students, especially those in the North Central Neighborhood of San Mateo, will benefit from the collective team effort put forth by San Mateo residents to make this tutoring center a reality.
Initial funds for the tutoring center were provided by a $7,500 grant from the Boris and Vera Bogart Foundation, which was started by the late Boris Bogart to help fund programs for disadvantaged and underserved youth.
Additional funds were received in federal grants secured by the San Mateo Community Relations Commission and the City of San Mateo Community Development Department.
But even with these additional funds, the community needed to ban together to make the tutoring center a reality.
With funds for the tutoring center still tight, Community Relations Commissioner Joshua Hugg recruited his neighbor Erik Waldorf, a local interior designer, to volunteer his time and energy to design and furnish the tutoring center for no charge.
This tutoring center is a great example of neighbors banding together to make our community better for everyone. Community leaders such as Commissioner Hugg, the late Mr. Bogart, and Mr. Waldorf are to be commended for their dedication to the youth of our community.
Thanks to everyone involved!