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2018 Year in Review

Student Michelle

Silvia: Current tutor who has been in the Mi CASA program since Kindergarten. Volunteers every opportunity possible!

New updates from 2018:

This has been a fabulous year of growth in our Character, Academic, Service, and Achievements.  New this year was a Spring Dinner in February featuring Greek pitas and salad, and Mexican flan. We had a French Riviera setting with lovely daffodils in royal blue vases. This community fundraiser was organized and implemented by Sharon and her husband Agapiades, and Cheryl and Rick Argetsinger.  The Avalos Family Foundation awarded $25 for each academic A  to the parents of middle school and high school students. When students register for college they will have matching funds to help with their expenses. Thirdly, the farm labor parents organized a Kermes in the spring of 2017 to cover the cost of putting computers into each student’s home.

Character growth has been visible as homework program students are members of C.J.S.F. at the middle school, the honor roll at both the high school and middle school, members of athletic teams and the school band. Older students help distribute food from the Community Action Agency to the elderly seniors living at the Housing Authority, and student participation in the Housing Authority poster contest, “What my Home Means to me”.

Academic success is seeing our new non-English fluent students present oral reports in English and flourish in their writing skills. Being on the honor roll takes good character and many hours of work on academic projects. We have former student graduates from Chico State, Sacramento State, U. C. Davis, and Butte College.

Service has been our 2018 adventure. Our tutors and older students have volunteered at the Gridley Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights, and Red Suspenders’ Day Parade.

Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights

To help the Recreation Department they have helped at the Fishing Derby, Pine Wood Car Derby, Fall Festival and Breakfast with Santa. Several former students serve in the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy.

The remarkable Achievements of the Mi C.A.S.A. program include recognition from the Pamela Warren Foundation, the Joseph Bouchard Foundation, the Zappettinni Foundation, Gridley Education Foundation, and Umpqua Bank. We seriously appreciate recognition for our hard work from our community partners. We also note the achievements of our tutors that provide food boxes for our families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The daily commitment of each student to read for 20 minutes, complete homework, write an essay and practice the math facts is a great individual achievement. The students, staff and families also organized a surprise dinner of appreciation for the head teachers, Kathy McKenzie and Margaret Wilburn.

We look forward to many new accomplishments in 2019!

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