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Living - November 9, 2007

Of note

Mustang Flash U13 boys soccer team recently completed a successful uniform and soccer cleats collection drive for children in Mexico. The team collected over 450 uniform items, 98 pairs of soccer cleats and 55 pairs of shin guards.

The team is sending the items to Toluca, Mexico, where they will be distributed to needy children in that area. The collection drive was done in several Danville middle schools, and also on several soccer Danville soccer fields over the recent weeks. The Flash team also prepared letters in Spanish to be sent along with the uniforms, wishing the Mexican children good luck with their soccer victories.

This fall, more than 1,900 third-graders in the San Ramon Valley are receiving their own brand new dictionaries, thanks to an effort led by the San Ramon Rotary Club and including the Rotary Club of Danville, the Danville-Sycamore Rotary, the Rotary Club of San Ramon Valley and Alamo Rotary. Rotarians raise the money for the dictionaries and distribute them to children in each of the third-grade classes in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, at St. Isidore's School and at the San Ramon Valley Christian Academy.

"Even in this age of video games, the children are so happy to receive their very own dictionary and many of them can't wait to start looking up words that they don't know," said Gabe Allende, head of the project for Danville Rotary. "We have students who are now in high school who come back to us and tell us how much the dictionaries meant to them."

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