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Submitted By the Fremont Education Foundation
The Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) will be holding its annual Excellence in Education Gala on Friday, February 24 at the Fremont Marriott. The gala is the sole fundraiser for the foundations Innovative Education Grant (IEG) Program, which provides grants to teachers in the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) for innovative teaching. Guests will be surrounded by local superheroes of education as FEF honors and recognizes a community member and FUSD staff member for their service to public education in the Fremont Unified School District.

Innovative Education Grant Coordinator Fahria Khan says, Get ready to honor the Superheroes of FUSD, Dr. Jim Morris and Ivy Wu, at the annual FEF Excellence in Education Gala. Both of our honorees have shown their unfaltering commitment to our students and we are proud to recognize them at our gala. So, dust off your superhero capes and masks and get ready for an incredible evening celebrating the superheroes of today as we raise funds for the superheroes of tomorrow.

This year, FEF will be honoring Ms. Ivy Wu as the 2017 Community Honoree. Wu is a longtime Fremont resident, and has supported the schools of the Fremont Unified School District in many ways over the years. She served as an FUSD School Board Trustee for eight years where she made critical decisions that impacted the lives of tens of thousands of students. She is currently working with Fremont Unified Student Store (FUSS), a volunteer-based non-profit organization. Her continued volunteer work with FUSS helps raise funds and awareness about the diverse needs in the Fremont school community. Wu recently wrote a book. Coming Out of Cage Ð Journey of a Tiger Mom, to share personal testimony of her parenting struggles in hope that people would also be able to come out of their cage of fear, guilt, shame and pride to live a joyful life freely.

Excellence in Education Gala Chair Sherea Westra has worked with Wu over the years and believes that you will find no one with a bigger heart for our students and community. Ivy and I worked together to fundraise for our schools years ago during the toughest times for pubic education. It was then when I saw that Ivy had the determination and dedication to see that our students had what they needed to thrive. Since then, she continues to raise funds for important programs in FUSD. Her commitment to excellence continues years after serving on our Board of Education.

The foundation is extremely pleased to announce that 2017 FUSD Honoree is Fremont Unified School District Superintendent Dr. James Morris. Dr. Morris began his career in education 36 years ago as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Prior to being appointed Superintendent in Fremont in July 2010, he worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff in the LAUSD. During his career, he has served as a teacher, a principal, and a variety of other administrative positions including Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, and Superintendent of District 2 supervising over 100 schools with 103,000 students and families in the San Fernando Valley.

Khan states, ÒDr. Morris has shown us time and time again how much he truly cares about Fremont students. His unwavering dedication is seen as he always makes time for our students, from attending as many student events as he can to getting his hands dirty as he volunteers alongside with our high school students for a service project for Make a Difference Day. His lifelong commitment to education is an inspiration to all those around him.Ó

Gala guests will mingle with superheroes from across the city of Fremont during the cocktail hour, which will include an opportunity to be photographed with Wonder Woman and Batman. FEF will have many raffle and silent auction items for guests to take a chance at winning, including tickets to Disneyland, a free painting class for 20 at Art Blanc, tasting at Concannon, autographed photos from local sport teams, and more!

The evening will begin with dancers from around FUSD who will remind everyone of what the funds from the evening are being raised for Ð the students. Dinner (chicken, salmon, or vegetarian dish) will be served, and through song by the Warwick Elementary School Choir and Irvington High School Choir we will be inspired to all be superheroes of education in Fremont.

Tickets for the Excellence in Education Gala are on sale now at www.fremont-education.org until February 17. Tickets are $80, with a special price for Fremont Unified School District Classified Staff and Teachers.

Excellence in Education Gala
Friday, Feb 24
5:30 p.m. Ð 9:00 p.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont
(510) 659-2561
www.fremont-education.org
Tickets: $80

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