ALearn celebrated its Catalyst to College Breakfast on October 17thand over 220 guests attended at the Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park. Attendees included business and community leaders, ALearn's Board of Directors and Advisory Board, donors, and Superintendents and Principals from most of its 15 partner districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
The breakfast featured Jerry Porras, co-author of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies and Lane Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Change at Stanford University. He focused on the lessons he learned growing up Latino in a poor area of Texas. Jerry talked eloquently and personally about how his Mother, a teacher and a counselor all helped him acquire the education and leadership skills so he could persist, take risks and make choices to pursue his dreams.
And for the first year, ALearn announced its Achievement Awards that included Whitney Uyeda (Outstanding Teacher for the Math Acceleration Program), Sam Lee (Outstanding Teacher for Catalyst), Alvin Choe (Outstanding Teaching Assistant), Kirvin Uribe (Outstanding Student for MAP) and Elisa Guizar (Outstanding Student for Catalyst). The award winners accepted their awards and spoke at the breakfast.
Diane Frankle, ALearn's Board Chair, ended the program announcing the Challenge Matching Grant Program, provided by her and her husband as well Nan and Chuck Geschke and Bruce and Gail Chizen. Thank you to our Challenge Grant donors! And thanks to all of the donors and partners who joined us for the inspiring event.
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