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Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs

Honorary Service Awards & Installation
2019 - 2020
The Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) are awarded each year and are a unique way for PTA units, councils and districts to publicly acknowledge both individuals and organizations for outstanding service to children and youth in a community. Contributions to the Honorary Service Award Program enables the California State PTA to provide scholarships for students and individuals to further their education, as well as grants for schools, councils and districts.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs Congratulates the
Council Honorary Service Award Recipients 2019 - 2020

Fairmont Miramar Hotel ~ Community Partner Award

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows/MSD Partners has been an exceptional partner for our public schools through its support of the Education Foundation. Over the past seven years, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows/MSD Partners has donated a total of $110,000 in cash contributions for our students, in addition to generously hosting and underwriting the Ed Foundation’s annual Santa Monica Wine Auction fundraiser.
 
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows/MSD Partners are proud to help ensure that all our public-school students have access to an outstanding education. One of their core values is the commitment to being actively involved in our community. Through their continued partnership with the Ed Foundation, they help keep our local schools strong, benefiting students and everyone who lives and works here. 
Classroom Teachers, Food Services Staff & Educational Technology Services ~ Honorary Service Award

These three SMMUSD departments are gratefully recognized for their valiant efforts and work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our classroom teachers were thrown into the distance learning world due to the Covid-19 pandemic and were asked to quickly relearn to teach effectively using this modality. Our teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure a connection with their students. They have had virtual office hours, classroom sessions, and one on one virtual meetings as well as recorded lessons for their students. 

Our EdTech team set up a distance learning hub so that teachers can access up-to-date resources, training materials, and information. They also held live webinars to train teachers on ed tech tools that support synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning.  Our IT team established remote support for teachers and students needing help with software and hardware tools. Additionally, they set up and distributed Chromebooks and hotspots to students and staff to ensure continuity of learning. 

When the pandemic closed the doors to our schools, our cafeterias and our food kiosks, the food services staff mobilized quickly to continue to provide food for families in need. They have shown dedication and fortitude in their commitment to performing this critical job. They have put themselves in harm's way by being available on the front lines to serve food to our school communities. 
Joanne Leavitt ( February 1940 - December 2019) ~ Very Special Person Award
 
Joanne Bonner Leavitt was an effective and inspiring community organizer and activist for 41 years. The mother of two sons, Thomas and Greg, who attended Edison Elementary, Joanne served in elected positions on the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council for twenty years, from 1979-1999, including a term as President from 1986-1988. As President, Joanne set up our Summer Adventure program in 1987; the very first summer session served 240 children (with 100 children on the waiting list). They planned for 400 children the following year. The Council Secretary's minutes from 1987 tell us "Our President, Joanne Leavitt must have given a 1,000 hours of her time in preparation of the opening." Summer Adventure continues to provide enrichment to District children, this year serving 993 students in elementary and middle school.
 
Among many accomplishments, Joanne helped save Edison Elementary from being closed in the early 1980s, then led the process by which it became a nationally recognized model for bilingual immersion education. She helped preserve that status by assisting in the school's conversion to a charter after the passage of Proposition 187 (which otherwise banned bilingual instruction in California public schools) in 1994. Joanne also served on the Virginia Avenue Park Advisory board from 1985-2014; during this time the park was completely redesigned and rebuilt and the first branch library in the neighborhood was established. Her passion for affordable housing and early childhood education led her to also serve as a board member of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a non-profit affordable housing builder, from 1991-2019 and on the City of Santa Monica's Child Care and Early Education Task Force from 1986-2019. 

Joanne also played a crucial role in the passage of numerous local school parcel tax and bond initiatives over the past few decades, using her broad array of connections to build community-wide consensus in support of funding our local schools. For the last 30 years of her life, her primary vehicle for community engagement was the League of Women Voters, where she served as President of the Santa Monica branch (twice, from 2002-2004), on the Los Angeles county-wide board from 1993-2004, and in a wide variety of other high profile roles and committee chair positions up until her death.
 
Joanne's son Thomas tells us that her true, living legacy is “thousands upon thousands of safer, healthier, happier, more accomplished children, in Santa Monica and beyond, busily making the world a better place themselves." In recognition of outstanding service to children and youth, throughout her lifetime, we honor her memory with a Very Special Person Award. In addition, Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council is making a significant donation toward children’s books for Joanne's Libraries, located at Community Corp buildings, in her honor.
Shireen Rafat ~ Honorary Service Award

Both a career woman and a career volunteer, Shireen demonstrates a sense of balance and grace. She has mastered the art of being a reliable, steadfast, and measured but passionate advocate. She works hard in support of efforts throughout our district to provide meaningful opportunities for students - from running fundraising campaigns and organizing events, to her key roles over the years in helping facilitate clearer communication between parents, PTAs and schools.

In her pursuit of excellence, Shireen seeks to learn from those who came before her, takes that and builds upon it, and looks for ways to make great things even better - a sign of wisdom and leadership. She puts her energy into filling gaps, dreaming big for our students, and being truly helpful and making her support impactful. 

Shireen has been part of PTA for 13 years. She is always eager to step up and help wherever she is needed. She does not shy away from taking on big jobs and giving them her all to benefit our students. She brought back the silent auction at Will Rogers which became and continues to be such a great event. She was the energetic force that ran the annual giving fund at JAMS during her tenure there. At Samohi, she worked tirelessly with the mini grants committee and is leaving a lasting legacy with the Now that I’m 18 program for seniors. At PTA Council she has been in positions such as VP of Organization, VP of Communications, has resurrected and put together the Council Directory, helps maintain our Council Facebook page with information for parents, and has created all our program books for Council events in the last few years. 
Claudia Seizer ~ Honorary Service Award

Claudia Seizer has taken on multiple leadership positions at Will Rogers, JAMS, Samohi and PTA Council over the last 15 years. She has served on multiple Site Councils and held executive board positions at different school PTAs since starting with the District. These executive board positions have included PTA President at Will Rogers and JAMS. Claudia has served on PTA Council for over 10 years. Some of the PTA Council positions she has held include Communications Chair, Recording Secretary, Executive Vice President and finally, President for the past 2 years.  

Throughout her 15 years at the District, Claudia has enthusiastically volunteered and supported our schools by taking responsibility for tasks and completing them fully, often stepping up to the plate to take on unpopular or complex jobs. She is skilled at working within a team, mentoring others and spearheading projects. She has the ability to see the big picture and articulate it to others while at the same time being able to focus on the details of the task at hand. In the many different positions that she has held at the school sites and the PTA Council, Claudia has effectively used her voice to be a strong advocate for students and families. 
Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein ~ Honorary Service Award

Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Board of Education Vice-President likes pushing boundaries, and surprising people. He is a respected academic and an innovative forward-thinker, who also sports some badass tattoos and has spent a great deal of time both on boats and at the ballet. He is a loyal spouse and engaged parent. A cancer survivor. A beloved educator. A caring friend.

During this momentous time, when social justice and change is at the forefront of the conversation, Richard’s lifelong history of volunteerism has been grounded in a fierce passion for that very cause. 

In his own words: “I believed that, in [becoming an educator], I would be participating in a noble effort to end inequality and inequity in our society." Our award recipient is committed to both closing the achievement gap in our schools largely caused by these societal inequities, and aligning with ever-evolving academic and pedagogical approaches for an ever-changing civic society. To that end, Richard has worked with the Board of Education and Superintendent to adopt and implement Social Justice Learning Standards, and to engage all personnel in anti-bias training. He has worked to establish an American Cultures and Ethnic Studies graduation requirement, to ensure that all students within our district are exposed to that curriculum, and to the depth of knowledge and perspective it brings. 

Richard has been the leading voice for ensuring that our district curriculum and reading choices include and give voice to the rights and struggles of the LGBTQ community. And Richard led the Board in naming the campus at Lincoln and Ocean Park for Michelle and Barack Obama, because he felt so strongly that we owed it to our community to recognize African-American and female leaders who stand for social justice and equity.

It might be difficult to distinguish the place where Richard’s professional responsibilities end and his volunteerism begins. This is because his life is devoted to doing good, to listening, to showing empathy, to educating young people, and to moving forward toward progress. His professional life aligns with his volunteer passions; and our students and our schools are the beneficiaries. His vision of inclusion, acceptance and innovation connects, challenges and inspires us all.
Joan Krenik ~ Continuing Service Award

Joan Krenik has served the PTA in many capacities including as President at Will Rogers, JAMS and Samohi. She has represented the concerns of our district’s two communities, organized volunteers and kept them happy, soothed upset parents, provided hope to administrators, worked on campus beautification, sewed theatre costumes and created props, and served as Assistant Producer with JAMS Theatre Company and Producer for the last three years at Samohi Theatre. She breaks down a budget, provides strategic input to site governance committees at elementary, middle and high schools, has taken part in the leadership of local funding measures, shows appreciation in the kindest of ways, and looks amazing doing all of the above.

Joan has also taken part in all the acronym committees SBAC, FOC, SC, headed the Beautification Committee at all schools, and most recently found a way to distribute over a thousand lawn signs to honor and celebrate the class of 2020. On Council she has been VP of Organization, VP of Community Concerns, VP of Health and Safety and has been Corresponding Secretary; she has also served as a site President for six years. Joan has been a three time recipient of the Golden Oak Award, the most prestigious of the PTA HSA awards. 
The SMMPTA congratulates
the School Association recipients of
the Outstanding Teacher Award
2019 - 2020

The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes a teacher for outstanding
service to children and youth through PTA, school, or community. 

Edison Language Academy
Sylvia Jimenez

Franklin Elementary
Jennifer Brossoit
Steve Cannell
Teri Hakomori
Dawn Silhavy

John Adams Middle School
Paul Karaiakoubian

Lincoln Middle School
Kate Pomatti

Malibu Middle & High School*
Diana Martinez
Alex Mayle
Mike Mulligan
Sara Ryan
Audrey Scoffie
Dr. Maia Zander

Webster Elementary
Amy Stark

*Award Recipients for 2018 - 2019
The SMMPTA congratulates
the School Association recipients of
the Outstanding Administrator Award
2019 - 2020

The Outstanding Administrator Award recognizes an administrator
for outstanding service to children and
youth through PTA, school, or community.

Edison Language Academy
Yoly Gutierrez
Lori Orum

Franklin Elementary
Sheri Hynding
Cynthia McGregory

John Adams Middle School
Martha Chacon

Will Rogers Learning Community
Ryan Bourke
The SMMPTA congratulates
the School Association recipients of
the Very Special Person Award
2019 - 2020

The Very Special Person Award recognizes
individuals for their service to PTA.

  Edison Language Academy
Ursula Burton
Duane Harvey   
Thea Harvey
Darin Henry   
David Kane
Sarah Portnoy

Franklin Elementary
Anvar Alimov

Grant Elementary
Aida Abdella
Lynn Gephart   
Amanda Harris
Jim Harris    
Dryden Helgoe
Tracy Lewis
Debi Lyons-Fernandes
Victoria Morrow   
Colleen Stoll

Lincoln Middle School
Jace Bandy
Sarah Blitz   
Dave Gaeta
Lisa Goedecke   
Mike Goedecke
Elizabeth Hartson
Jody Howard
Leann Levine   
Lydia Muraro
Marianna O'Brien   
Marlene Ramos
Ian Rowe

Malibu Middle & High School*
Alex Aspron
Pinar Taylan

McKinley Elementary
Floresita Arcari
Nick Bhatt   
Maria Blas
Kristin Greeley   
Chaltu Hunde
Nenad Pervan

Webster Elementary
Catherine Brickman   
Zoe Shapiro
Mia Skelton

*Award Recipients for 2018 - 2019
The SMMPTA congratulates
the School Association recipients of
the Honorary Service Award
2019 - 2020

The Honorary Service Award recognizes outstanding service to
children or youth, going above and beyond what is asked. 

Edison Language Academy
Chiara Arroyo
Essie Blankson-Turner
Rebecca DiMundo
Mick Pacifici
Stefani Tovar
Carolina Vila   
Carlos Villegas

Franklin Elementary
Rebecca Campbell
Jainee Eccleston
Suzanne Hendler Goldman     
Kimberly Lancaster
Charlee Nessell    
Johanna Tobel
Shilpa Wali 
 
Grant Elementary
Katherine Harris
Caroline Murphy  
Sarah Warrender

John Adams Middle School
Jennifer Brockett
Jennifer Cook-Ortiz   
Susan Gates
Marisela Herrera
Molly White

Lincoln Middle School
Sarah Barrett
Gabrielle Cohen   
So Yung Gaeta
Area Kramarsky   
Diana Oliver
Jennifer Smith   
Patti Zortman

Malibu Middle & High School*
Cheli Nye
Beth Papp 
Luke Sferra
Angela Thacker

McKinley Elementary
Keri Hicks
Deborah Novak
Brigita Slekys
McKinley Elementary School Faculty & Staff

Roosevelt Elementary
Laura Buhl
Constance Lopez   
Neusha Mavaddat
Erin Rusler   
Robbie Sikora
Leslie Tucker   
Letta Wickam

Santa Monica High School
Maurice Maxwell

Webster Elementary
Tatiana Jacobs   
Malibu Special Education Foundation

Will Rogers Learning Community
Cathy Brough
Susie DeLava   
Daisy Mercado
Ana Rosa Santiago
Michael Scott

*Award Recipients for 2018 - 2019
The SMMPTA congratulates
the School Association recipients of
the Continuing Service Award
2019 - 2020 

The Continuing Service Award recognizes individuals for ongoing or
longtime service to children and youth, providing support year after year. 

Franklin Elementary
Jeanna Beck
Virginia DeVaul

Malibu Middle & High School*
Gardia Fox
Audra Hotchkiss
Gina Odean

Roosevelt Elementary
Erin Neumeyer

Santa Monica High School
Jeff Jarow
Claudia Seizer

Webster Elementary
Jessie Muchmore

Will Rogers Learning Community
Sharon Cunningham
Wendy Jaffa

*Award Recipients for 2018 - 2019
The SMMPTA congratulates
the School Association recipients of
the Golden Oak Award
2019 - 2020

The Golden Oak Award, the most prestigious of the PTA
Honorary Service Awards, is given to individuals who have
made significant contributions to the
welfare of children or youth in school or the community. 

Franklin Elementary
Kristina Schauer

Grant Elementary
Alison Havel

Lincoln Middle School
John Obusek

Malibu Middle & High School*
Melanie Goudzwaard
Mindy Peterson

McKinley Elementary
Stephan Corbel

Santa Monica High School
Joan Krenik
Shireen Rafat

Webster Elementary*
Karin Al-Hardan

Will Rogers Learning Community
Stefanie Schlepp

*Award Recipients for 2018 - 2019
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The SMMPTA Council thanks
the 2019 - 2020 Unit PTA Presidents

Edison Language Academy...............................................................................Adrienne Tranel
Franklin Elementary School..........................................................................Katherine Rosenfeld
Grant Elementary.......................................................................................................Lindsay Traill
John Adams Middle School....................................................................................Elyse Bennett
John Muir Elementary...........................................................................Sylvia Mendoza-Johnson
Lincoln Middle School........................................................................................Rebecca Walker
Malibu Elementary School….............................................................….......……....Lara Godbille
Malibu Middle & High School………..…..............................................................…..Alex Aspron
McKinley Elementary School……..…......................................................................Juana Lomeli
Roosevelt Elementary School……................................................................…Thea Cappiccille
Santa Monica High School.......................................................................................Nicole Faries
Santa Monica Alternative School House....................................................................Kim Turner
Webster Elementary School................................................................................Karin Al-Hardan
Will Rogers Learning Community..................................................................... Stefanie Schlepp
The SMMPTA Council welcomes
the 2020 - 2021 Unit PTA Presidents
Edison Language Academy……….…............................................……………Elizabeth Garcia
Franklin Elementary School......................................................................................Jane Schmitz
Grant Elementary.............................................................................................................Erika Bell
John Adams Middle School..............................................................................Stefanie Schlepp
John Muir Elementary............................................................................................Scout Campos
Lincoln Middle School.....................................................................................Teague Weybright
Malibu Elementary School………..................................................…………...…Jennifer Pappas
Malibu Middle & High School………..............................................……………………Caren Leib
McKinley Elementary School……….................................................…….............Jodi Redmond
Roosevelt Elementary School………..............................................……....……Thea Cappiccille
Santa Monica High School.......................................................................................Nicole Faries
Santa Monica Alternative School House....................................................Armando Gonzalez
Webster Elementary School……………….................................................……..Heather Campi
Will Rogers Learning Community.......................................................................Ana Evangelista
The SMMPTA Council thanks

The Council Officers 2019 - 2020

President..................................................................................................................Claudia Seizer
Executive Vice President...................................................................................Gabrielle Cohen
Vice President Communications............................................................................Shireen Rafat
Vice President Organization..................................................................................Lana Negrete
Vice President Health and Safety...................................................................Lupe Ibarra Smith
Vice President Education.............................................................................................Nancy Wu
Vice President Community Concerns........................................................................Patti Braun
Recording Secretary.......................................................................................................Mimi Tran
Corresponding Secretary…………..................................................……………...…..Joan Krenik
Treasurer....................................................................................................................Kate Winegar
Financial Secretary....................................................................................................Diana Oliver
Auditor..............................................................................................................Teague Weybright
Historian................................................................................................................Julie Pearl Slater
Parliamentarian………………………...................................................……......…….…..Cat Wray
SMMUSD Superintendent…………....................................................………....……..Dr. Ben Drati

The Council Committee Chairs 2019 - 2020

Hospitality Chair.................................................................................Katherine Caulfield Newall
Leadership Chair........................................................................................................Erin Inatsugu
Legislation Committee Chair....................................................................................Sabine Werk
Membership Chair……………………………………........................................….….John Jericiau
Reflections Chair............................................................................................................April Fields
Summer Adventure Chair....................................................................................Area Kramarsky

Allied Organization Liaisons to Council 2019 – 2020

District English Learners Advisory Committee................................................Lupe Ibarra-Smith
Board of Education.......................................................................................Jon Kean, President
Board of Education…........................................Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Vice President
SM-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association.............................................................Sarah Braff
Classified Employees (SEIU).......................................................................................Keryl Cartee
City of Malibu...............................................................................................................Skylar Peak
City of Santa Monica......................................................................................................Julie Rusk
Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation................................................Linda Greenberg
Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation..................................................Rachel Faulkner
League of Women Voters of Santa Monica..................................................Barbara Inatsugu
Community for Excellent Public Schools....................................................................Shari Davis
Santa Monica College...............................................................................................Louise Jaffe
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce...................................................................Gail Pinsker
Early Childhood Task Force………………………........................................……….……Ben Swett

Council Support 2019 – 2020

President Emeritus....................................................................................................Jennifer Smith
Legislation Committee Consultant..................................................................Barbara Inatsugu
Communications Committee IT...................................................................Maryanne Solomon
The SMMPTA Council welcomes

The Incoming Council Officers 2020 - 2021

President..............................................................................................................Gabrielle Cohen
Executive Vice President................................................................................................Cat Wray
Vice President Communications.............................................................................Erin Inatsugu
Vice President Organization............................................................Katherine Caulfield Newall
Vice President Health and Safety...............................................................................Nancy Wu
Vice President Education.........................................................................................Sabine Werk
Vice President Community Concerns........................................................................Patti Braun
Recording Secretary..................................................................................................Leslie Tucker
Corresponding Secretary……………….......................................….…………To Be Determined
Treasurer................................................................................................................Karen Arrigo Hill
Financial Secretary..............................................................................................Rebecca Terlizzi
Auditor.........................................................................................................................Diana Oliver
Historian................................................................................................................Julie Pearl Slater
Parliamentarian……………………........................................……..……..……. To Be Determined
SMMUSD Superintendent…………........................................…………..…...………..Dr. Ben Drati

The Incoming Council Committee Chairs 2020 - 2021

Hospitality Chair.......................................................................................................Lana Negrete
Leadership Chair.....................................................................................................Claudia Seizer
Legislation Committee Chair..........................................................................To Be Determined
Membership Chair……………………….......................................…………..……Area Kramarsky
Reflections Chair............................................................................................................April Fields
Summer Adventure Chair........................................................................................John Jericiau

Allied Organization Liaisons to Council 2020 - 2021

District English Learners Advisory Committee................................................Lupe Ibarra-Smith
Board of Education.......................................................................................Jon Kean, President
Board of Education…........................................Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Vice President
SM-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association.............................................................Sarah Braff
Classified Employees (SEIU).........................................................................................Chris Mock
City of Malibu...............................................................................................................Skylar Peak
City of Santa Monica......................................................................................................Julie Rusk
Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation................................................Linda Greenberg
Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation..................................................Rachel Faulkner
League of Women Voters of Santa Monica..................................................Barbara Inatsugu
Community for Excellent Public Schools....................................................................Shari Davis
Santa Monica College...............................................................................................Louise Jaffe
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce...................................................................Gail Pinsker

Council Support 2020 - 2021

President Emeritus...................................................................................................Claudia Seizer
Legislation Committee Consultant..................................................................Barbara Inatsugu
Highlights and Accomplishments

SMMPTA is pleased to report the following
highlights of our work over the
2019 - 2020 academic year: 

During the Covid-19 Pandemic:
 
  • Advocated through email campaigns, and at Santa Monica City Council meetings, to continue essential programming and services, including Playground Partnerships, Playground Access and the crossing guard program, for the safety and well being of our students

  • Disseminated information to the broader community 

  • Provided support for food pantries and programs addressing food insecurity (in addition to those run by SMMUSD) in our communities 

  • Collaborated with the district leads to have all needs heard and worked towards having all needs met
 
Throughout the year:
 
  • For 33 years, the children of our District have enjoyed Summer Adventure, a summer enrichment program first started by PTA Council under the leadership of then-President Joanne Leavitt, and now run by a collaboration between the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs and the Santa Monica Education Foundation. This past year the program took place at Roosevelt Elementary and Lincoln Middle School and served 993 students, by far our largest number of students participating in a single year. 125 of the children received scholarships. The program employed 75 people, mostly SMMUSD teachers, aides and staff. In all, the program made more than $150,000, which was shared between the two organizations.

  • Council coordinated the annual district-wide Reflections 2019-2020 arts competition, with the theme “Look Within”. Twenty two talented students moved forward to the PTA’s 33rd District Level.

  • Council made financial contributions for safe graduation celebrations at Malibu High School and Santa Monica High School.

  • Council provided scholarships to Santa Monica High School, Olympic High School and Malibu High School graduates.

  • Council lead monthly leadership discussions for unit PTA Presidents.

  • Council’s Legislation Committee provided PTA units with legislative updates, and state education budget updates.

  • Council officers provided leadership training and financial management training to our unit leadership.

  • The Council President met with the Superintendent and District leadership regularly to discuss District and PTA business.

  • Council represented Santa Monica-Malibu at 33rd District PTA bi-monthly meetings, events and trainings.

  • Members of PTA Council provided close mentoring for units that were in the midst of restructuring, attending bi-monthly meetings of those units and being in constant communication with leaders at each unit.

  • SMMPTA Council voted to support the three SMMUSD Preschools without PTA units by providing funding for supplies, helping to create a more equitable educational experience, and provided ongoing support to the staff and teachers so they can provide meaningful engaging programming for the youngest children at a critical developmental stage. 

  • SMMPTA Council represented Santa Monica-Malibu at California State PTA’s Sacramento Safari. Council paid fees for 10 Students from Santa Monica High School and 2 Students from Malibu High to go to Sacramento.

  • Council’s Education Group sponsored a district-wide screening of IndieFlix's documentary "Like" originally scheduled at Barnum Hall, postponed due to the Covid-19 safe-at-home mandate, and offered digitally to SMMUSD families on May 4th. The documentary examines our unhealthy relationship with smartphones and explores the need for recognition and acceptance by peers in various forms of social media. Parents were given the opportunity to ask questions of a panel, led by SMMUSD mental health coordinator Shuli Lotan.

  • Council committed $1000 to purchase books for “Joanne’s Libraries” located in Community Corp housing, in honor of (deceased) former SMMPTA Council President Joanne Leavitt, and furthering PTA’s literacy goals

  • Council held regular meetings to foster collaboration and enhance communication among PTA Council, parent leaders, PTA units, SMMUSD administration, the CTA, and the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education
 
Total SMMPTA volunteer hours 32,768
Council volunteer hours 2576 
Opportunities to Help Our SMMUSD Community

PTA leaders are taking part in organizations and drives to offer help; your donations and support are much appreciated during this challenging time.
Questions: contact Patti Braun, V.P. Community Concerns at pattibraun@aol.com.

Feeding Families
Feeding Families is a community outreach, started and run by three former McKinley PTA presidents, serving neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Feeding Families (hosted by Hope United Church) offers a weekly food pantry drive through; SMMUSD families can pick up a box of fresh produce and groceries. Donations of cash and groceries are always needed and appreciated.

For further information: Cheryl Byrne at cheryllawsonbyrne@gmail.com
To donate: Venmo Cheryl-Byrne for “Feeding Families”  or
https://www.hopeunitedla.com/pages/give  Select “Feeding Families” on the drop down menu.
The BOYS and GIRLS Club of Malibu
The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu is meeting the needs of Malibu’s most vulnerable families with free, non-perishable food pantry items and supplies. The BGCM (in partnership with Waveside Church) is committed to helping those in the most need during this difficult time. 100% of tax-deductible donations will directly support families and seniors in need.

For further information: emergencyrelief@bgcmalibu.org
To donate: www.bgcmalibu.org Indicate “BGCM Food Pantry” in the memo section of the online form.
Support JAMS Families In Need
Support JAMS Families In Need is a crowdfunding campaign organized by a former SMMPTA Council president. A large number of parents in our John Adams Middle School pathway are unable to work as a result of the pandemic; their families are facing mounting debt, sickness, and food insecurity. Administrators, teachers and counselors have identified JAMS families who are truly struggling. Donations will purchase grocery store gift cards, to be distributed by JAMS Community Liaisons. Contributions will enable families to purchase needed groceries, as well as diapers, personal items and over-the-counter medication. All funds will purchase gift cards to directly and speedily meet the needs of JAMS families in need, and every dollar helps! Any funds raised after the goal is met will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards to create a JAMS "gift card food pantry" to address food insecurity, to be administered by JAMS administrators and Liaisons to school families as needs arise. 

For further information: Patti Braun at  pattibraun@aol.com
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