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.