Applause: Kudos to: Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims

Published: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013 - 6:29 am

Kudos to: Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims

Accomplishment: Recipient of an FBI Director's Community Leadership award

Details: SALAM was honored for its work in maintaining relationships between the Muslim community and non-Muslims. Last year, SALAM opened its facilities to church members who were without a place to worship for Easter. In 1989, SALAM led a team of organizers to create a fundraiser for Bosnian war victims. In 1999, the group was active in the unified interfaith response to the arson of Sacramento area synogogues.

Kudos to: UC Davis Veterinary students in the Food Animal and Reproduction Medicine club

Accomplishment: Won a large animal ultrasound machine from BCF Technology in a nationwide competition

Details: The club first entered a photo and a technical article to get to the finals. Then it entered an online video that garnered the most votes. In a spoof of Katy Perry's "California Gurls," the club members danced, sang and interacted with cows in their "COW-lifornia Girls" video.

Kudos to: Harmon Johnson Elementary

Accomplishment: Will receive the Community School Award for Excellence from the Coalition for Community Schools

Details: Some reasons why the school was selected: It had the strongest three-year Academic Performance Index gains in the Twin Rivers Unified School District, annual improvement in attendance and a strong coalition of parents. "We're located in one of the toughest areas of Sacramento, but we have one of the best attendance rates in the district," said principal David Nevarez.

– Bill Lindelof

blindelof@sacbee.com

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