Oct 22, 2015
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The hard work and persistence of five individuals, including the four pictured above, have made a big impact on youths in the West Contra Costa Unified School District WCCUSD).

They were each recognized by WCCUSD Superintendent Dr. Bruce Harter at the district’s State of Schools event on Oct. 9.

The “2015 Partners of the Year” include Ron Martin (pictured top-left), the vice president of insurance brokerage firm Keenan & Associates, which assembled and donated 400 emergency kits for district schools.

“These kits provide the essentials in the event that students are required to stay in their classrooms or at school because of an outside emergency,” the district said.

Also recognized was Andrea Bailey (pictured top-right), community engagement manager at Chevron, for her leadership during a two-year effort to create the Richmond Fab Lab. Funded by Chevron, the program includes the recent installation of the nation’s largest K-12 fabrication laboratory at Kennedy High, along with a soon-to-be-constructed hybrid lab at Crespi Middle and the developing mobile lab that will bring the technology to schools district-wide.

“Andrea Bailey responded early to the idea of having a Fab Lab, a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, in our schools,” the district said.

Don Lau (bottom-left), executive vice president of YMCA of the East Bay, was touted for his multi-pronged efforts to support after-school, early-childhood and other programs.

“Don Lau has had an unparalleled commitment to our community for decades and was an early supporter of the District’s Full Services Community School effort,” the district said.

The district also heralded the leadership of Teodora Ildefonzo-Olmo (bottomright), a coordinator in the youth services division for the City of San Pablo. The city recently matched district funds to hire two community school coordinators and one case manager for the city’s public schools.

“She works closely with district staff to ensure that our goals align and to support the technical assistance that’s needed,” the district said.

Dr. Cherilyn Brunett (not pictured) was praised as being instrumental in bringing medical services to Kennedy High’s health center in 2007, which has expanded since to include a new health clinic.

“She’s brought the Kaiser pediatric team, the Thriving Schools Obesity Prevention effort and implemented the Health Lifestyles program,” the district said.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.