The Heights

Updated: March 09, 2017

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Physics Show and Pass the Torch benefit from Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 29, 81 members of the Foothill-De Anza community came together for one purpose - to celebrate generosity to the colleges. Giving back is a fundamental part of our community. Faculty, staff, alumni and community members participated by either setting up their own fundraising pages or donating to participating programs at Foothill. 

Foothill’s popular Physics Show was one of the programs that received donations. These funds will help bring students from Title 1 K-12 schools to the campus to learn about science. Both the professors who organize and put on the Physics Show, as well as the current Foothill students who serve as demonstrators and hosts do so because of their passion for science, and sharing that passion with others.  

Foothill alumnus Josh Rosales graduated in 2015 and is currently attending UCLA. In his last quarter, he received the Foothill Commission Scholarship, which he credits as a factor in helping him successfully transfer. When Josh heard about Giving Tuesday, he jumped at the opportunity to help raise funds and to pay it forward.  

"I know that being a student is not easy, and that sometimes just a little help will make all the difference in academic success,” Rosales said. “That’s why this year I wanted to participate in Giving Tuesday, to hopefully inspire others, and to share with everyone why I think it's so important to give back to Foothill."

Foothill’s Pass the Torch program, founded in 1996 by Dr. Jean Thomas, is a unique mentor program that links students who excel in English and math with students who need support in these core classes. The idea is that once those at-risk students succeed, they are able now to pass on their knowledge to the next group of students who need help. 

Andrew Houston, a Foothill alumnus, gave to the program that inspired his career."Pass the Torch was my first exposure to higher education. Dr. Jean Thomas was an outstanding mentor. From her mentorship, I improved my critical thinking, and I began to be interested in law and think about my career as a lawyer."

If you didn't get a chance to give your gift on Giving Tuesday, you still can! The Foothill-De Anza Foundation accepts donations year-round at: Save the date for next year’s Giving Tuesday on November 28, 2017!

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