Applause: Community awards Aug. 27, 2012

Published: Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B

Kudos to: Connor Nelson, Eagle Scout

Accomplishment: With the help of others, the Scout built and delivered picnic benches and a table to the Governor's Mansion.

Details: The outdoor furniture helps the mansion staff historically interpret the pool area during the administration of Edmund G. (Pat) Brown when his family enjoyed a picnic on the mansion grounds. Visitors will have the opportunity to use 16-year-old Nelson's re-created benches and table.

Kudos to: Sacramento area chapter of THINK Together, a nonprofit learning organization

Accomplishment: Sold limited edition milk glasses to earn $10,000.

Details: The money from the sale of the glasses from the California Milk Processor Board, the creator of the "Got Milk?" campaign, will support THINK Together's summer and after-school health and nutrition programs. The learning organization serves hundreds of children in the Elk Grove and Sacramento unified school districts.

Kudos to: 10 San Juan Unified district schools

Accomplishment: The schools raised $24,718 for heart health.

Details: Students participated in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers. Schools that participated, according to a district publication: Arlington Heights Elementary, Cambridge Heights Elementary, Cameron Ranch Elementary, Carmichael Elementary, Coyle Avenue Elementary, Deterding Elementary, Grand Oaks Elementary, Pasadena Avenue Elementary, Pershing Elementary and Twin Lakes Elementary.

Kudos to: Dane White, Galt High School teacher

Accomplishment: Named the Outstanding Young Teacher by the California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Details: The award is given to encourage young teachers to remain in agriscience education. The California Agricultural Teachers' Association was formed in 1920.

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