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Northern California Launch: NEH Challenge Met!

Thanks to the generosity of nearly 70 donors, SPIRIT SERIES met the full $100,000 challenge match from the National Endowment for the Humanities in only four months rather than 18, as originally planned, accelerating the launch of program services in a new third region: Northern California.

Our very special appreciation goes to Maria Cardamone & Paul Matthews, Bill & Jody Fay, Shari & Richard Foos, Dave & Lona O’Connor, and Glen & Angela Charles, without whom this ambitious funding goal could not have been reached.

Now that the full award is available, the SERIES will conduct its first Bay Area pilot residencies this coming winter and spring with two schools in San Francisco: Lawton Alternative K-8 and New Traditions. Plans call for SPIRIT SERIES to complement its current operations in Southern California and New England with the hiring of Bay Area staff this summer, tripling our program footprint here next academic year and serving more than 15 schools in Northern California by 2021.

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