Irvine Company donates latest installment of $20 million pledge for art, music and science


The Irvine Company this week presented IUSD with the latest installment of its pledge of more than $20 million over 10 years for enriched curriculum in art, science and music.

Robin Leftwich, vice president of Community Affairs for the Irvine Company, personally delivered a check for $2.3 million to the district at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. That pushed the company’s cumulative contribution for the program past $10 million, and Leftwich noted that there are still five more checks to come.

“There’s still another $10-plus million to go, and I’ll keep coming back every year,” she said.

Launched in 2006, the Irvine Company’s Excellence in Education Enrichment Fund generously pays for art, music and science specialists in IUSD’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms. (To get a glimpse at how these educators benefit Irvine students, click here and find the story on page 4.)

As we mentioned earlier in the week, board members on Tuesday also voted to ratify updated contract agreements with IUSD’s employee associations that rescinded four of eight furlough days for the current school year, including two instructional days for students.

To check out a recap of Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, click here.