2013 Golden Apple Award Recipient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 21, 2013 San Gabriel USD names Rafael Lua as the 2013 Golden Apple Award Recipient

San Gabriel, CA, February 21, 2013: The San Gabriel Unified School District awarded Mr. Rafael Lua as its 2013 Golden Apple Award recipient this morning at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Golden Apple Awards Breakfast held at the Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia, CA. Each ACSA Golden Apple Award recipient is selected by the individual school district based on the following criteria, a person or persons who supportsthedistrictandstudentsandvolunteerscountlesshours. Eachdistrict presents the Golden Apple award during the annual breakfast, presented by the Superintendent or a district administrator.

Mr. Rafael Lua and his wife Griselda have raised their children through the San Gabriel school district since their first son attended Kindergarten at Washington Elementary School in 2003. He and Griselda have been married for 17 years. Their sons Daniel (13) and Adrian (12) are 8th and 7th graders at Jefferson Middle School and their daughter Bianca (9) is a 4th grader at Washington Elementary School. Mr. Lua is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and serves as a Minister for the Los Angeles International Church of Christ.

From the on-set, Mr. Lua has demonstrated a deeply held belief in parent involvement as a catalyst for student and school success and has exemplified this belief through his many hours of dedicated volunteering in the community, youthsports,andschools. AtElementaryschool,hehasservedontheSchoolSiteCouncilandonthePTABoard, including serving as president from 2008-2010. He also served as vice-president of the San Gabriel Educational Foundation from 2010-2012, helping to establish the successful annual phone-a-thon drive. He also assisted SEF with the recruitment of Spanish speaking families to donate and participate in SEF activities. Currently, Mr. Lua serves as president of the Jefferson Middle School PTA and is on its Site Council, as well as on the Washington Elementary School Site Council.

Mr. Lua also assists by facilitating monthly PTA Board meetings, community Association meetings, and other schoolevents. Heisapositivememberoftheteamandisaproblemsolver. Heworkswiththeschoolstopromote communitybuildingactivitiesforfamiliesandstaff. AsamemberofSchoolSiteCouncil,Mr.LuacontributeshisPage 2 San Gabriel USD names Rafael Lua as its 2013 Golden Apple Award Recipient

knowledge and experiences in order to help the schools develop new programs, monitor school programs, and oversee the site budget, in the area of student achievement. He provides input to the School Plans, and other school improvement initiatives.

Mr.LuaisapartneroftheSanGabrielUnifiedSchoolDistrict. Althoughhehasafulltimejob,hecontinuesto puthischildren’seducationfirstbybeinginvolvedattheschools. Heunderstandsthatparentsandthecommunityneedto supportourschools,andencouragesotherstoparticipate. Hemakeshimselfavailabletoanyrequest,bigorsmall,suchas being a parent member of the teacher interview panels, serving on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, meeting with the school principals to plan PTA meetings, or just being a supporter of the school.

In the most recent years the school district has depended greatly on the graciousness of volunteers who provide their support in many different ways, such as hours in the classroom, preparation for special projects, reading programs duringclass,orsimplymonetarycontributions. DistrictsacrossCaliforniagreatlyrelyonthecountlesshoursgiftedby volunteers such as Mr. Lua and are greatly appreciative of those volunteers.

For more information regarding the Association of California School Administrators or the Golden Apple Award, contact (800) 608-ACSA or visit their website at www.acsa.org.

For more information regarding the San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF), contact Adela Angiuli, Executive Director, at (626) 451-5465 or email Adela.angiuli@sef4schools.org or visit the SEF website at www.sef4schools.org.

For more information regarding the San Gabriel Unified School District or schools, contact the Superintendent’s Office at (626) 451-5403, via fax (626) 451-5498, or email Bracamonte_c@sgusd.k12.ca.us or visit the District website at www.sgusd.k12.ca.us.