Helping Others

Applause for the week of Aug. 24

Kudos to: Community members who aided San Juan Unified students

Accomplishment: Donated backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, clothes and hygiene kits

Details: More than 2,000 needy students in the district, including those who are homeless, benefited from the philanthropy. Those who helped included About Kidz, the Arab American Learning Center, KtoCollege, the Citrus Heights Chamber Education Committee, Bayside Church of Citrus Heights and many individuals.

Kudos to: The late Placer County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis Jr.

Accomplishment: Posthumously had ballfield dedicated in his memory

Details: A baseball field in North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista was dedicated in the memory of Davis, who was killed in the line of duty in October. Davis, an avid sports fan, had a strong connection to the Tahoe area, including living there with his grandparents, serving as a volunteer firefighter and working for the parks district.

Kudos to: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage of Rancho Cordova

Accomplishment: Donated supplies to schoolchildren

Details: The donation to Esparto Elementary School in Yolo County included 26 backpacks, 50 dozen pencils, hundreds of spiral notebooks, folders, erasers, hundreds of boxes of crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, washable markers, 40 binders, 44 scissors, tissue and antibacterial hand wipes. About 70 percent of Esparto Elementary’s students are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced lunches.

Bill Lindelof