In 1999 the local 50-year-old community swimming pool had deteriorated to the point where repairs were no longer feasible, and replacement was necessary. For many years, the pool had served as a training ground for the Rio Vista Sharks, a swim team for local youths. It had also been a summer weekend recreation center. The Sharks now had to train in private pools, and there was no longer a place for kids to get together and have fun in the summer.
Hank Simonsen, a local resident whose grandson was a member of the Sharks, then donated $100,000 to the Foundation starting a million dollar fund to replace the old pool. Between the generosity of many local donors and the help and support of the Sharks, funds were raised, and the Foundation built a new pool.
The students at White Elementary School have benefited by the Foundation’s most recent project, a new SmartBoard.
From the left, Our President, P. C. Kumar, White School Principal Pierre Laleau,
and Board Members Bob Bard, Judy Tussy, Dave Hampton, and Donna Nunes.
In September, 2015, the Rio Vista Foundation presented a check for $1,098.00 to Pierre Laleau, principal of the D. H. White Elementary School, to help purchase a new electronic SmartBoard for the school. The funds were provided by the City of Rio Vista as part of a larger grant from Veolia.
Shown below is a photo of the swimming pool that the Foundaton built and completed Jan. 31, 2011, after more than 10 years of fundraising $1M and construction.