Daughter of donor Bette Moorman continues school excursion tradition

Grace Reviewing Reports
Bette Moorman’s granddaughter Grace reviews submissions for the School Excursion Fund.

In the 1990s, SVCF donor Bette Moorman began funding a community engagement program that was dear to her heart. Each year, Mrs. Moorman sponsored over 40 field trips for students in San Mateo County public schools, sending hundreds of students to museums, musical performances or on other outings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In many cases these students would have been unable to afford such excursions on their own. After the field trips, students were encouraged to create art, narrative or media projects of their own to demonstrate what the field trip meant to them. Mrs. Moorman would then review all the schools’ submissions and select the most creative among them to receive additional grants.

Although Mrs. Moorman has now passed away, her daughter Lisa Fremont is carrying on the program. For the 2015-2016 school year, Lisa brought her daughter Grace to review the students’ creative reports together.

"Our family is proud to continue the legacy started by my Mom, Bette Moorman, over 25 years ago.  It warms our heart to think of all the children who, because of this fund, will experience the diverse resources the Bay Area has to offer,” says Lisa.

School Excursion submission

In 2016, over 40 schools participated. As part of receiving grants from the School Excursion Fund, schools must submit a six-question evaluation and class report. Students are encouraged to be creative with these reports – so they often include artwork, essays and pictures. The three reports that were selected as the most impressive in 2016 came from East Palo Alto Academy, Lomita Park Elementary in San Bruno, and Susan B. Anthony Elementary in Daly City. These schools each received an additional $1,000 grant.

School Excursion submission.

Says one teacher: “Your kind act demonstrated to my children that others care about them and see them. My students know that if they don’t need something, they should not take it. If they do need help, then they must ‘pay the kindness forward’ when they are grown. I am confident that my scholarship will ‘pay it forward’ when they are grown; therefore your kind act will live on for many, many years to come! Thank you again!”

For information about the 2017 School Excursion Fund application process, please contact schoolexcursion@siliconvalleycf.org

Enjoy the photos of these students’ creative reports!

Report Winners
School Excursion winners chosen by Lisa Fremont (right) and her daughter Grace (left).