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In 1983, a Hayward school teacher, Elaine Adams was inspired to help teachers improve and expand academic opportunities for Hayward’s students. Following a model in San Francisco, she and a cadre of other education-minded individuals formed the Hayward Education Foundation.


HEF's mission has consistently focused on raising community funds to support student-centered, curriculum-enhancing enrichment projects. Transitioning from an annual holiday luncheon to a springtime Gala after the demolition of Centennial Hall, the Foundation has continued to galvanize support for our vital cause.

To date, HEF has successfully funded over 1,000 classroom projects, directing more than $1,000,000 to enrich Hayward classrooms and positively impact countless students. These projects cover a wide range of subjects—from math and science to language skills and the arts—extending educational opportunities beyond what limited school budgets can provide.


Yet, our work is far from complete. Each year brings new students and new challenges that require ongoing support and resources. As we look forward to the next 30 years, HEF remains committed to its crucial role, relying on increased community support to continue making a significant difference in the lives of our students.

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