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Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 21, 2011

Local agencies share in Livermore Lab community awards

Cash gifts focus on science, math, cultural arts

by Jeb Bing

Lawrence Livermore National Security, the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has announced the recipients for the 2011 LLNS Community Gift Program, awards totaling $100,000.

LLNS received 59 applications totaling more than $600,000 in requests. Twenty-two applications totaling $100,000 were selected for awards through a committee review process. The majority of these awards serve children in the Tri-Valley and San Joaquin County, with a focus on science, math education and cultural arts.

"We appreciate the efforts of the agencies and want to thank them for the invaluable contributions they provide in our Tri-Valley community," said George Miller, LLNS president and LLNL director. "It is the privilege of LLNS to be able to contribute to these worthwhile efforts, especially given the impact these gifts will have on education and arts programs within our community."

Award recipients from Pleasanton and other Tri-Valley communities are as follows:

* Pleasanton Unified School District, Project Lead the Way provides engineering curriculum and teaching training support to create upper division courses so that all students have access to their specialization.

* Pleasanton Unified School District, Village High School and Horizon Science & Math Program helps students with unique challenges prepare for high school graduation and college, accommodating learning styles with hands-on materials.

* ValleyCare Health System-ValleyCare Charitable Foundation, Meals on Wheels & Head Start Food Program provides warm meals to seniors and families. The combined programs have already served more than 200,000 meals this fiscal year surpassing last year.

* Tri-Valley Haven, Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry provides essential nourishment by distributing food to Tri-Valley residents in need.

* Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Financial Literacy Education for At-Risk Youth and Young Adults offers services/education to enhance the financial literacy of at risk individuals and families by educating them on financial/money management.

* Dublin Unified School District, Middle School Gateway to Technology, Project Lead the Way Engineering Academy prepares middle school students for the high school's Engineering Academy encouraging them in Science, Technology, Engineering, ad Math.

* Alameda County Library Foundation provides early literacy computer stations for children 2 to 10 years old, to support school readiness and motivate children to learn to read.

* Livermore Amador Symphony Association percussion instruments presents musical programs of cultural and educational value for the benefit of the community.

* Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School will purchase physics laboratory equipment and supplies to assist students in gaining relevant hands-on experience.

* Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, 2011-2012 Science Odyssey will use its gift to assist with their district-wide science fair for all Livermore Valley Joint Unified School district students in grades K-12.

* Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, 2011-2012 Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science provides hands-on activities for 4,500 elementary and middle school students in science education. Funds will be used to maintain and expand the program.

* Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Sponsorship of MatheMagic for Local Elementary and Middle School Students provides K-8 grade school children with the opportunity to attend a presentation, which makes math magical and meaningful.

* Valley Dance Theatre, The Nutcracker Performances for Local School Children provides dance education bringing "The Nutcracker" to East Bay school children.

For more information about the LLNS Community Gift Program, go to the website at http://www.llnsllc.com/communityGiving/llnsgift.

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