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Quote of the Day - I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain
It All Starts At Home
Charity begins at home, and tonight it certainly did. The Luevano Foundation (free registration required) awarded fifty scholarships to Latino middle school children to enhance their education.
The Foundation started in 1983 selling tacos at a local church, and has grown to a sizable endowment, expected to reach $400,000 this year, and add seventy-five more students to the roster of recipients. If you want more information, send an email to the Executive Director, Elva Rubalcava. The concept is that the scholarship not only provides an opportunity to the young recipient, but also brothers and sisters, and likewise motivates the recipient's family and neighbors to strive to achieve.
Plain and simple, and it works.
The Foundation also honored Orange County's own MacArthur Fellow, Ruben Martinez, who transformed his barbershop into a bilingual bookstore, now one of the largest booksellers of Spanish-language books in the country.
Sister Rose Marie Tulacz, S.N.D. honored the Advisory Board of the Foundation with the gift of her book, In The Between. Assemblyman Todd Spitzer presented certificates from numerous governing bodies to the successful student honorees.
It's not often that children tell you that their hero is their mother or father, but practically every award recipient tonight did. The limited exceptions noted their teachers as ones that they looked up to.
A refreshing change.