Welcome to School Fuel

Welcome to the website for School Fuel, the Novato Foundation for Public Education. The foundation raises money to pay for programs for Novato Unified School District students and sponsors local events that showcase NUSD students. School Fuel also develops partnerships with private and public organizations that offer programs for the local schools.

The foundation’s goal is to help ensure that all students have access to enriching and rigorous programs that will keep them engaged and curious while preparing them for their next level of education and their future careers. We have granted over $2.5 million to fund programs for students at all levels K-12 in the last twelve years.  In the last year, over 250 adults and students participated in School Fuel programs as volunteers. The School Fuel volunteers work hard, have fun, and would welcome more help.  Together, parents, students, and community members can make a significant difference in the lives of Novato’s young people and in the vitality of this community.

Enrichment Grant Program Applications Now Being Accepted.

School Fuel, the Novato Foundation for Public Education, is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for enrichment grants for programs for middle and high school programs for 2017-18. These grants can be used to support additional programs or materials for the classroom, to enhance existing student clubs or extracurricular activities, or to start an innovative new program.  Click on this link to apply.

The funded programs for the 2016-17 school year are:


  • Stereo and instruments for Middle School music
  • HAWK Center (after school mentoring program)


  • Kessler Science lesson bundle
  • Poetry Workshops and visiting poet for all 6th grade English classes
  • Google Expeditions pack for virtual tours of locations related to social science lessons
  • Walk Through History, a program that engages students in historical reenactments

San Jose

  • Library materials purchases the enhance high demand collections
  • Angel Island immigration field trip for 8th grade
  • Musical instruments and visiting musical artists

Novato High

  • School newspaper software and printing support
  • Student Spanish language radio broadcast club, Juventud al Aire
  • Current reading materials for French students
  • Dreamer’s Club supporting students who are immigrants or children of immigrants

San Marin

  • Visiting clinicians for San Marin music students
  • Support for Speech and Debate club tournament fees
  • Call of the Sea experience for biology students
  • Robotics Club build kits for robotics competition
  • Link Crew expenses to cover curriculum and leader training
  • Mock Trial Team competition fee expenses
  • Buck Institute Field trip for biotech 1 students
  • Genentech field trip for biotech 1 and 2 students


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