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August 9, 2014

Success & Service: Modesto manager adds to Head Start skills

Success & Service recognizes individuals and organizations who achieve or do positive things in the community.

Karen Pekarcik , Head Start manager in Modesto, is one of 43 graduates of the intensive, two-week UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles. The program was developed in 1991 to strengthen management skills of Head Start administrators.

Head Start programs provide comprehensive developmental services to low-income, preschool children and their families. Head Start also provides medical, dental, mental health, nutrition and parent involvement services.

Alcoa grant benefits students at Yosemite

NatureBridge, a program that teaches environmental science at Yosemite National Park, received a grant from the Alcoa Scholars program. The funding will enable 24 high school students to learn about the natural history of Yosemite in order to give students a strong environmental and historical sense of place for the park. Scholars will deepen their interpersonal connections during a four-night backpacking trip in the Yosemite Wilderness, during which they will explore remote granitic landscapes, discuss pertinent environmental issues from a global communities perspective, and end each day sleeping under the stars. NatureBridge was created in 1971.

Also, the park will receive a 2014 Preservation Design Award for publication of “A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite National Park” from the California Preservation Foundation. Park officials will pick up the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles next month.

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