Helping Teachers Teach and Youth Learn in the Classroom
August 05, 2019
St. Helena, Calif.—The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association today announced $2.4 million in grant funding for children’s education in Napa County. The funds are made possible by proceeds from the NVV’s annual community fundraiser Auction Napa Valley.
Thirteen nonprofit organizations will serve approximately 44,000 children and family members with this funding. Four new organizations, including the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation and Hearts and Hands Preschool—the only full-day preschool in Calistoga—received grants in this cycle.
As part of the grant review process, the NVV and its nonprofit partners seek input from community members as to pressing needs in the lives of children in the County. Among the top concerns was accessible mental health services as part of the educational landscape.
One of the new grantees this year is the Napa Valley Education Foundation (NVEF), which is helping local public schools address mental and emotional health needs within Wellness Programs in four middle schools and one high school, with additional school sites in the planning phase. A coordinated team of counselors, nurses and social workers provide mental health support on the school campus, making it possible to support students before they seriously disrupt the learning process for themselves or others.
“Studies show that when children come into the classroom with reduced stress, they learn better and have better social skills, including less tendencies toward bullying,” said Jennifer Stewart, executive director of the NVEF. “Both teachers and children are better able to do what they came to the classroom to do, namely, teach and learn.”
From a two-year-old in quality pre-school to guiding a teenager to be the first in their family to attend college, the points of impact made possible via this funding have far-reaching implications for the success of the child, their families and the Napa County community at large.
“These grants provide much needed support to our nonprofit partners, all of whom do an amazing job helping the youth in our community achieve educational success,” said John Hamilton, a community member of the NVV’s Board of Directors. “We know that through education our children become not only more competitive for more rewarding and higher positions, but also have less health issues and become more active in the life of the community.”
Learn (link: https://auctionnapavalley.org/giving/stories/) more about “Stories of Impact” made possible by the NVV’s investments in the community.
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade associate has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. In 2019 the NVV is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Learn more at napavintners.com