Developer, Wife Donate $1.5 Million To San Diego School

Monarch School Will Use Money To Purchase Leased Building

A developer and his wife have donated $1.5 million to a San Diego school that educates homeless children in leased quarters downtown.

Officials from The Monarch School plan to use the money from Nat and Flora Bosa to purchase the 15,000-square-foot building on West Cedar Street that has housed the school for several years, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

In addition to teaching about 450 children each year, the school provides food, clothing and health care to needy young people, according to the newspaper.

"Flora and I feel privileged that we're able to help provide a more stable environment where these self-motivated kids can pursue their dreams of an education and a future," Bosa said.

A joint project of the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, The Monarch School first opened in 1988 as The PLACE, an acronym for Progressive Learning Alternative for Children's Education. It was staffed then with just one teacher, Sandra McBrayer, who went on to become the national Teacher of the Year in 1994.

The PLACE was renamed The Monarch School by students in 1998. The school has since expanded services, and in 2001, opened the Cabo Cafe, which helps teach students the restaurant business, according to the newspaper.

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