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At the November 12 Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Board

Meeting, the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE) pre- sented 52 educators in the Temecula district with funds to support programs bene- fitting students at 21 schools. Called “mini grants,” the awards ranged in value from $50 - $500, and totaled

over $22,000. Open to all TVUSD schools, interested teachers submitted grant ap- plications in October, and a foundation subcommittee reviewed requests. Per TVFEE guidelines, monies must be used to support educational opportunities for students and must be spent by January 10, 2014. Speaking on behalf of the district foundation, TVFEE President Morris Myers

congratulated teachers and principals. “We couldn’t be more proud to support ed- ucators who truly make a difference for their students in Grades K-12. This is the third year our foundation has been able to fund grant requests. Interest has grown tremendously, and we wish we had the monies to fund all 181 requests. Unfortu- nately, our dollars are limited, and we had to focus on those applications we felt would have the biggest impact and, where possible, involved purchases that could be used more than once – ideally, for successive years. “Through community events, such as the 4th annual Taste of Temecula Valley,

on Saturday, April 26, 2014, and ongoing Summer School Enrichment Classes, we are able to fund arts, science, and technology programs. It’s important that parents, families, educators, and the general public understand that our foundation strives to enhance the learning experience for students across the district. We couldn’t do what we do without the backing of businesses, vendors, the school district, and individu- als, and we thank the community for its support,” he said. Among those recognized were: Cheryl Insua, Abby Reinke Elementary; Jennifer

Alexander, Erin Nielson, and Lynn Belleggie, Barnett Elementary; Amanda Siroky and Kathy McDonald, Bella Vista Middle; Leanna Bush and Susana Torres, Crowne Hill

The Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education presented 52 teachers in the Temecula Valley Unified School District with more than $20,000 in grants for arts, science, and technology programs at 21 schools for the 2013-14 school year. Pictured with TVFEE President Morris Myers (fourth from left) are some of the educators recognized at the Novem- ber 12 TVUSD Board of Education Meeting.

Elementary; Lori Herrington, Shirley Briggs, Kristen Olko, Valerie Backus, Scott Carey, and Alan Underwood, Chaparral High School; Lauren Davis, Aruna D’Souza, and Sean O’Hara, Day Middle; Marcia Fort Varner and Christina Katan, French Valley El- ementary; Chris McLeod, Rebecca Scarfone, Jeanine Wulfenstein, Robyn MacNair, Gardner Middle; Ruben Villar, Mark Farrin, Ryan Garcia, David Miles, Sabrina Skeels, Great Oak High School; Andrea Cadman, Margarita Middle; Michelle Voye, Nicolas Valley Elementary; Cathy Bamber and Anne O’Donnell McCann, Rancho Elementary; Melissa Salazar, Red Hawk Elementary; Blaine Boyer, Rancho Vista High School; Jaime Hall, Ariana Kraft, Rita Paladino, Jennifer Stanard, Karen Vogt, Temecula Luiseno Elementary; Paula Eberle, Rick Boyd, Alisha Coop, Pauline Nelson, Nancy Windus, Temecula Middle; Lisa Han, Tony Tobin Elementary; Julia Bell and Anthony Mendez ,Temecula Valley High School; Frank Bantle, Vail Elementary; Pamela Combs, Vintage Hills Elementary; Robin Hughes, Angelica Trujillo, and Kelly Maxey, Vail Ranch Middle School.

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