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Living - June 5, 2009

Of note

Peyton and Ryan DeLaney of Danville were given certificates recently from Children's Hospital Oakland for the money they raised from their joint birthday party April 3 where they asked their guests to bring donations to the Foundation in lieu of gifts.

"Due to an amazing show of generosity by their friends and family, Peyton and Ryan were able to deliver $2,445.00 in donations to the Foundation," said their mother Kathleen M. DeLaney.

Peyton, who just turned 7, is a first-grader at Montair, and Ryan, who just turned 5, is in preschool at the Dorris Eaton School.

"As a mom, I am proud of my kids and their decision to forgo receiving gifts in favor of raising money for such a great cause. And, as a Danville community member, I am just as proud of (and grateful for) the overwhelming generosity our community demonstrated in their donations," said DeLaney. "Finally, as a parent, I am grateful to the teachers who have taught my children to think about and value community service, which inspired the fundraising effort by my kids.

Anna Vojvoda, a sixth-grader at Charlotte Wood Middle School in Danville, has been invited to participate in the U.S. Naval Academy's Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program. It is an overnight academic camp designed for students entering seventh-ninth grades who are in good academic standing and have an interest in math and science. Approximately 200 students from around the United States will be invited to participate in this summer's STEM


The program gives students the opportunity to experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on practical learning. Students will learn from distinguished Naval Academy professors in world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom. The Academy's current students, known as midshipmen, help run the Summer STEM Program and act as camp counselors and tutors to students.

The camp and travel to Annapolis is covered by the U.S. Naval Academy.

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation handed out almost $40,000 in educator grants at its annual award ceremony at Pine Valley Middle School in San Ramon. A total of 50 grant requests were funded by the Foundation.

"I am extremely grateful for the work of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation," said Superintendent Steven Enoch. "These grants provide our teachers with an even stronger ability to engage students in their own learning."

In addition to the educator grants that were distributed, the Foundation also supports district-wide programs and initiatives with multi-year funding, such as the Science Initiative, robotics, and art curriculum development. In the 2009-10 school year, the Foundation has given more then $150,000 to support teachers and district projects. For more information about SRVEF, visit www.srvef.org.