Living - May 15, 2009
Rotary gives to the tune of $6,000
The Rotary Club of Alamo presented the music teachers of six local schools with checks for $1,000 each to help fund their school music programs, at their luncheon March 25. As each of the music teachers mentioned in their acceptance of the Rotary checks, they were especially grateful in this time of economic downturn and severe cuts to school funding, because music programs are usually the first to go on the chopping block. However the philosophy of Rotarians is that music is an integral and invaluable component of the education of all students and should not be sacrificed, if possible. The Rotary raises money for the music programs each September at its Alamo Wine and Music Festival.
The donations for the school music programs initially were raised to offset one-time district funding cuts; they continue to be raised each year because, as Monte Vista High music teacher, Ed Cloyd, said, "Each year, every year is a funding crisis for public school music programs."
Monte Vista High School vocal music teacher Bruce Koliha, principal Becky Smith, instrumental music teacher Ed Cloyd and Alamo Rotarian Carolyn Thiessen, who coordinated the presentation event.
Cheerleaders win national JAMZ competition
Michelle McCourt, Lauren Hogan, Mallory Thomas of Danville, Krystal Sullivan and Krissa Machusic of the Carondelet Varsity Cheerleaders await results at the JAMZ School National Championships in February in Las Vegas. They qualified at a regional competition held at Six Flags Marine World last October, where the team's performance propelled them to the top of the Varsity Show Cheer Level 2 Small Division. Carondelet's stunt team earned a second-place finish in the Varsity Group Stunt Level 3 division. These members include Leah Moranville (Alamo), Lauren Hogan (Orinda), Jordan Pouliot (Diablo) and Katie Malone (Brentwood).
Climbing for the March of Dimes
Danville resident Robert Maderearis, one of the top Bay Area Bank of America walkers for the Bay Area March of Dimes March for Babies walk, sent this photo to his colleagues from China.
"Thought you might be interested to know that I was not in the U.S. to attend the Saturday walk to celebrate the charity drive. Given I had been called to China on business I managed to participate in a 17k trek in the mountains to the West of Beijing. The trek was dedicated to the March of Dimes and occurred at almost the same time as the west coast walk!"
He also made sure to wear his BofA volunteer shirt.