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SEQUOIA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT TO RECEIVE 'GOLDEN APPLE'

From: Don Shoecraft <don_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 11:42:21 -0800



Sequoia Healthcare District

www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Jan. 3, 2010 -- Contact: Don Shoecraft Public Information, 650-594-0556


SEQUOIA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT'S HEALTHY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE TO RECEIVE 'GOLDEN APPLE' AWARD REDWOOD CITY — Sequoia Healthcare District's three-year, $4.5 million commitment to the health of public school students in the district has been selected as one of two recipients of the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Golden Apple Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to education in the greater Redwood City area.

The healthcare district's commitment, established as the Healthy Schools Initiative, will benefit more than 23,000 kindergarteners through 12th graders in the Redwood City, San Carlos and Belmont- Redwood Shores elementary and the Sequioa Union High School districts by funding school nurses, wellness coordinators, school psychologists, health educators, physical education teachers, educational programs and supplies.

These districts — as have most in the state in a time of economic distress — have had to virtually eliminate these programs as local and state funding has dried up. Most were left with bare-bones efforts in which thousands of students were being tended to by a single school nurse.

Sequoia Healthcare District, a taxpayer-funded elected body that covers the area from the southern part of Foster City to Menlo Park and from Skyline Boulevard to San Francisco Bay, began funding single school nurses in some districts three years ago through its Caring Community Grant Program.

District directors consolidated the effort June 9 last year, with directors Don Horsley, Kim Griffin, Art Faro and Katie Kane opting to take it out of year-to-year grants budgeting and establish it as a stand-alone major initiative, naming district employee Pamela Kurtzman director.

The second Golden Apple will go to DPR Construction for its donation of $180,000 in labor to refurbish multi-use rooms at Hoover Elementary School.

The Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber's Education Committee, composed of more than three dozen community leaders drawn from a number of disciplines, make the annual Golden Apple selections.

The recognition will be presented at the chamber's annual dinner Thursday, Jan. 27, which will be held at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park.

Tickets are $95 per person and may be obtained by contacting the chamber at amy_at_redwoodcitychamber.com or calling 650-364-1722.

### Received on Fri Dec 03 2010 - 11:43:10 PST


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