Salt Creek is Building ‘Community of Entrepreneurs’

With a picturesque backdrop of San Diego Bay, the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation recently honored Salt Creek Elementary for the school’s “Community of Entrepreneurs” program. Salt Creek Principal Lalaine Perez (photo below) received a ceremonial over-sized check as part of the foundation’s 3rd Annual Grant Celebration at HarborFest Chula Vista.

The grant for $3,856 will allow Salt Creek to expand its Community of Entrepreneurs program.

The program’s Entrepreneurship Fairs will offer small gift cards to individuals or teams in each grade level that show innovation, promise, and community benefit with their products. Students will be asked to reflect on their experiences in participating in the Entrepreneurship Fairs and winning individuals/teams will have the option of using their gift cards to expand their businesses or to donate them to a local charity of their choice.

“On behalf of the entire Salt Creek school community, I’d like to thank the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation for their generous donation,” Perez said, in addressing the audience at HarborFest. “With the help of this grant money, we will be able to expand our Entrepreneur Club to include education on financial literacy, economics, civic responsibility, and philanthropy.”

Additionally, fifth grade students will participate in a study trip to BizTown, a fully interactive ‘town-like’ facility created by Junior Achievement, where the curriculum emphasis is on ethical business practices, teamwork, and making sound business decisions. Students will connect the theory and principles learned from the classroom and translate them into real world application.SaltCreek-LaniPerez

“This grant money will go directly to supporting our new school mission,” Perez said. “I’d like to take the time to read that new mission to you today:

“Our mission at Salt Creek is to create confident college and career ready leaders who apply learned skills to real-life situations. They are innovative and critical thinkers, effective communicators, and collaborative learners. Students are self-evaluators who have the skills to adapt to the diverse world around them. They are respectful and responsible citizens in the community…and that community, being Chula Vista.”

The mission of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is to improve the quality of life within Chula Vista by promoting and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy.

“Foundation members are individuals who live, work or grew up in Chula Vista,” said Zaneta Salde Encarnacion, Director, Regional Outreach, The San Diego Foundation. “Our members are committed to ensuring a portion of their charitable giving remains in the community they love. We commend Salt Creek Elementary leadership for pursuing a grant that will help grow students into active and involved community members, and we are a proud partner in these efforts!”

The foundation is in its fourth grant cycle and invites nonprofits serving Chula Vista to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in applying for 2013/2014 grants. The foundation will be accepting LOI’s for projects that build community leadership and involvement, while meeting a timely Health & Human Service need. This grant cycle is committed to the financial support of projects and programs that make the biggest impact in the lives of people who live, work and play within the geographic boundaries of Chula Vista.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in a two-step application process which will facilitate the allocation of up to $35,000 in funding for Chula Vista-centered projects.  For more information or to become a member, visit, send an email to Zaneta Salde Encarnacion at, or contact her by phone at (619) 814-1328.

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