4th annual Taste of Temecula Valley to raise funds for students

TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE), in partnership with the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) and the City of Temecula, will sponsor its fourth annual Taste of Temecula Valley (TOTV) on Saturday, April 26 at Town Square Park in front of the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, Old Town Temecula.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit the more than 29,000 students in grades K-12 in TVUSD schools by providing funding for art, science, and technology programs.

“We want the community, especially families and parents, to understand that when you support TOTV, you are supporting all schools in the district,” said Mark Katan, TOTV chair. “The funds we raise from summer school enrichment classes and public events like TOTV go back to school sites in the form of grants to benefit


In November 2013, TVFEE presented 50 educators in the Temecula district with funds to support programs benefiting students at 21 sites. Called “mini grants,”

the awards ranged in value from $50 to $500, and totaled over $20,000. Since 2011, TVFEE has awarded more than $40,000 in grants to schools across the district. 

Examples of the types of projects funded include:

* Art supplies for Gardner Middle, Bella Vista Middle, and Great Oak High Schools

* Science books for frog studies for Rancho Elementary

* Robot kits with software for Temecula Middle

* Forensic detective lab materials for Vail Ranch Middle

* Solar car kits for Temecula Valley High School

* Engineering Challenge projects for Nicolas Valley Elementary

* Math manipulatives for French Valley and Barnett Elementary Schools

* Distance learning lessons on arachnids for Temecula Luiseno Elementary

“We believe the concept of a community taste – an event that brings the best restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries from Temecula Wine Country and Southern California together in one location – is a worthwhile endeavor. Patrons pay an admission fee, then small tasting fee to sample food and drink they might otherwise never try. It is great exposure for our vendors, and it’s an easy, fun way to raise much-needed funding for classrooms. There is virtually no overhead, as we are an all-volunteer based organization,” Katan


The TVFEE and TOTV Committee are reaching out to area restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries to seek their participation, and the foundation is looking for corporate sponsors who want to lend their financial support. 

The public is invited to volunteer at the TOTV. All volunteers must attend mandatory training sessions (either Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. or Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m.). Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) training is required for those 21+ who are volunteering in beverage booths. ABC training will be held Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. 

The April 16 and April 22 sessions will be held at the TVUSD Conference Center, 31350 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. Saturday’s training location will be announced. 

Email [email protected] for more info; register to volunteer at tvfee.Ivolunteer.com.

For more information on the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education, see its website at www.tvfee.org.

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