The Alisal Education Foundation hosted its annual Employee Recognition Dinner/Dance on April 21 at the Salinas Sports Complex.
Hundreds of employees were in attendance to honor Alisal workers for their outstanding efforts this school year. The evening included a silent auction, a performance from Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico, and music from Monterey Bay Sound Machine.
The highlight was the presentation of 2017 award honorees. Former Associate Superintendent of Educational Services Jeanne H. Herrick was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in Educational Services. Former District Superintendent Rubén H. Pulido was given the Lifetime Achievement Award as a community member.
The following employees were also honored for their contributions this year.
|Alisal Community School||Rudy Muñoz, Martin Gutierrez|
|Bardin Elementary School||Edith Avila, Marisol Pamatz|
|Cesar E. Chávez School||Antonia Galvan, Josefina Muñoz|
|Creekside Elementary School||Jennifer Barraza, Abraham Ancheta, Rosa Gurrero|
|Frank Paul Elementary School||Blanca Montoya, Stephanie Coffin|
|Fremont Elementary School||Martha Ayala, Clara Fernandez|
|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy||Rosa Carranza, Patricia Rodriguez|
|Dr. Oscar F. Loya Elementary School||Aurora Olivarez, Irma Marroquin|
|Monte Bella Elementary School||Kenneth Cho, Alma Sanchez|
|Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary School||Thelma Vela, Sandra Lopez|
|Jesse G. Sánchez Elementary School||Marisela Mendoza, Rosemary Verdugo|
|John E. Steinbeck Elementary School||Erin Ortwig, Sergio Muríllo|
|District Office||Maritza Salazar, Norma Cadriel|
|MOTS Department||David Cisneros|
|Food Services||Tina Wallace|
|Technology Department||Michael Ornelas|
According to foundation president Ricardo Reyes, the foundation has awarded more than $70,000 in grants to further student learning. It has also sponsored events that support the community.
In partnership with the District, the foundation started the Kids to Camp campaign to raise funds for science camp. For the past 10 years, the foundation has awarded scholarships to deserving students unable to pay the cost of attending science camp. The campaign also helps cover the cost of student transportation to and from camp.