Kudos to: Steven M. Ladd, former Elk Grove superintendent
Accomplishment: Cosumnes Oaks High School culinary academy named after Ladd
Details: Ladd, who retired Sept. 12 after nearly a decade with the district, championed the state-of-the art culinary academy where students learn nutrition science, restaurant management, food chemistry and culinary skills.
Kudos to: Theodore Judah Elementary School in Sacramento jog-a-thon sponsors and participants
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Accomplishment: On target to raise $18,000
Details: The event funds the schoolwide music program. Music enhances creativity and critical thinking, according to Principal Corrie Celeste.
Kudos to: Sacramento City Unified School District
Accomplishment: Celebrated 160th birthday
Details: The City Council launched the district on Oct. 2, 1854. When the first school opened later that year, two teachers were hired, followed by five more, according to the district. Monthly salaries for male teachers: $150. For female teachers: $125.