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San Mateo High Wins First Place in Jefferson Awards!

2016 SIA Food Drive
San Mateo’s Jefferson Awards, Students in Action (SIA) team earned first place for their commitment to the expansion of service not only in their school but also by their deep engagement with community partners and service agencies. The team exuded the spirit of SIA through their achievements towards the main goal they set for themselves: to support the 15 other service clubs (thanks to the 15 advisors and Club Leaders) on their campus. In doing so, they not only demonstrated growth and leadership, but they also inspired others to volunteer (driving 9,200 hours of service) and impacted an estimated 25,000 individuals. In addition to hosting two Volunteer Fairs, San Mateo implemented a more personalized approach by partnering with the college and career center to host “Meet and Greets” (with Advisor Nancy Kane) with local non-profits. This effectively allowed a broader cross section of students the opportunity to volunteer outside of school. As a result 50 percent of their school engaged in volunteerism – a 22 percent increase from last year. The team raised $50,000 (a 32 percent increase from last year) to benefit more than 15 organizations in the Bay Area. To deepen community involvement, San Mateo collaborated with the Adult School (thanks Adult School!), Menlo Atherton High School (thanks to Mr. Amoroso!), Berkeley High (thanks to John V.!)  and Hillsdale High (thanks to BOTH basketball schools teams, thanks Ms. Dinges and Coach Lui) on activities ranging from a food and fund drive to cancer awareness events Go4TheGoal (with Mr. Scheller) and the Pink Out (with the Athletic Boosters).  They also expanded the mission of The Jefferson Awards by bestowing 15 Jefferson Awards to exceptional students, parents and faculty.

Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis Published:6/22/17
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