IUSD receives $2 million gift

Irvine Company contributed $2 million to the Irvine Unified School District on Jan. 19, providing meaningful aid during the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has shaped teaching and learning in new ways,” Superintendent Terry Walker said. “The support and partnership of Irvine Company really is a symbol of what makes our community great.”

The $2 million gift helps provide highly specialized art, music and science teachers to every fourth grader through sixth grader.

It is part of Irvine Company’s 20-year, $45 million commitment to IUSD through its Excellence in Education Enrichment Fund. Established in 2006, the program has helped more than 100,000 elementary students.

“Education has always been at the core of our planning efforts in Irvine,” Irvine Company Vice President Jeff Davis said. “And this program has helped create one of the highest-performing districts in California.”

Last month, IUSD was recognized as the best in the state by the review website Niche. Its 2020-21 “Best Schools in America” report ranks IUSD No. 1 among California school districts with at least 15,000 students.