A Passion to ServeOctober 26, 2021
This year, IPSF celebrates our 25th anniversary of supporting the educational experience of each child in every school in the Irvine Unified School District. We are so proud to support such an amazing educational community and are seeking to commemorate exciting achievements from IUSD students and alumni through our Profiles in Excellence Showcase.
Profiles in Excellence: Anthony Kuo, Irvine City Council Member
As the first elected city representative to have grown up in Irvine, Anthony Kuo has dedicated his life to serving the community that helped shape the person he is today. A proud product of Irvine’s public schools he attended Alderwood Basics Plus, Lakeside Middle School, Woodbridge High School, and University High School.
“One of my fondest memories was being an 8th grader at Lakeside Middle School when the older kids from Woodbridge High came and spent an afternoon welcoming us as incoming freshmen. I was so wowed at that,” Kuo explains, “They talked about extra-curriculars, the culture in high school, and really got these middle schoolers excited for our next step.”
Although Irvine Unified School District remains one of the lowest funded districts in the country, Irvine maintains its level of excellence thanks to community support of public education. Councilmember Kuo is proud to serve a city government that directly supports schools with municipal funding. Each year, the City of Irvine matches donations to IPSF with $1.3 million through the Challenge Match Grant, with 100% of these funds benefitting the students of Irvine Unified School District.
“We’re grateful to have the opportunity to partner with the Irvine Public Schools Foundation to help fill those gaps,” Kuo says.
Councilmember Kuo is committed to expanding transparency in government and is a taxpayer advocate at the county level. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Irvine Community Land Trust, the Irvine Children’s Fund, and as a Trustee for the South Coast Chinese Cultural Association, and he has previously held leadership positions with the Irvine Valley College Foundation, Exchange Club of Irvine, and other organizations. He also served for many years as the Chair of the City of Irvine Planning Commission.
“As many in the community know, Kuo has helped to amplify the voices of small businesses as an involved advocate of the “Dine Irvine” and “Shop Irvine” efforts on Facebook and Instagram,” said councilmember Michael Carroll.
Kuo says one of his biggest accomplishments to date is being able to help Wild Rivers return to Irvine. The waterpark broke ground in July and he looks forward to getting into the water in Summer 2022.
In each of these roles, Anthony Kuo shows a true and heartfelt dedication to giving back to his hometown. He serves an inspiring model for the power of community to effect change.
“If I can give student of Irvine advice today, I would say, be present. Go to sports games, school plays, join clubs, support your fellow students. The drama that can exist on school campuses may make you feel like the end of the world is coming, but it pales in comparison to the tragic conflict that’s out there in the grown-up world. So, take time to get to know your peers; in the future, you’ll see them, you may work with them, and you might even have to rely on them.”
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