Santa Monica Vons Named Top Fundraiser By Easter Seals
A Vons store in Santa Monica was named a top fundraising store during Safeway Inc.’s charity campaign to benefit people with disabilities in April. The store at 710 Broadway raised more than $11,000 during the month-long fundraiser, the highest total in their district. Money raised directly benefits local people with disabilities at Easter Seals Southern California and their families through job training and employment, pre-school and after-school services, autism services, assistance for people to move out of institutions and into their own homes, and services that help adults learn basic daily living and social skills. More than 280 stores throughout Southern California participated in the annual event where employees encourage customers to make contributions to Easter Seals at the check-out stand.
“The Santa Monica Vons on Broadway consistently ranks as a top fundraising store in Los Angeles County during the April fundraiser,” says Mark Whitley, chief executive officer of Easter Seals Southern California. “We are very grateful to all employees and customers who participate, especially in the current challenging economy. Support from Vons and Pavilions stores is more important than ever to ensure our services continue without interruption to give people with disabilities greater independence.”
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Santa Monica and Malibu High Schools Ranked in Nation’s Top High Schools
Santa Monica High School and Malibu High School have both been ranked in the nation’s top high schools, according to Newsweek.
Newsweek’s article, “Top of the Class” (June 8, 2009 issue), ranked Santa Monica High School at number 251 and Malibu High School at number 313. According to the article, the rankings of America’s public high schools were based on the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors.
“We are proud of our schools and the level of achievement that they produce,” remarked Santa Monica School Superintendent Tim Cuneo. “This is the result of the District’s commitment to excellence and the dedication of our teachers, support staff, and administration to the success of all students. A special thank you goes to our parents and communities for their continued support and commitment to our efforts to prepare students to contribute and compete globally.”