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Milpitas resident donates $150,000 to Milpitas Unified School District

Last week, Dr. David Hufton, a 90-year-old Milpitas resident, donated $150,000 to the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD). 

MUSD Board President Hon Lien and Superintendent Cheryl Jordan stopped by his home to thank him for his donation with a Certificate of Recognition. They also gifted Dr. Hufton with a personal thank you letter, various school shirts, MUSD mugs, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.  

“On behalf of MUSD, I would like to thank Dr. Hufton for his generosity. His donation assists MUSD in tackling the budget crunch caused by the current pandemic,” said Lien. “Moreover, it shows that the hard work and dedication of MUSD leadership and staff have won the trust and support from the philanthropists in the community. We are determined to work hard for our students and appreciate the trust we receive.” 


Board President Hon Lien with Dr. David Hufton.


The pandemic has affected the district in a multitude of ways. In a recent MUSD press release, it was mentioned that the Student Nutrition Department, which has distributed 200,000 free meals to families since sheltering in place started, was significantly impacted. The Department, which had about $280,000 in reserves, is now operating at a $302,000 deficit. Other COVID-related expenditures, along with Governor Gavin Newsom’s state budget reduction of 10% from Education, have made it necessary for MUSD to shift $15 million in reserve funds in an effort to balance its 2020-21 budget.

Dr. Hufton’s donation was undoubtedly much-needed at this time.



Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

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