July 28, 2000

Thomas & Pearl Martinez Foundation Rewards Effort and Citizenship

The Thomas and Pearl Martinez Foundation, this month completed their annual program of distributing $50 cash awards to Latino fifth and sixth graders. These awards are made to encourage the students to continue their education and possibly go to college. The students are chosen more for their effort and good citizenship than for mere high grades.

In June, the Adrian Baca Memorial Award, in honor of Adrian Baca, a 15-year old student who died suddenly in 1994, was presented to two students in each of the nine schools in the National School District, National City, Mr. Herman Baca, father of Adrian, presented in the awards at the Ira Harbison Elementary School to Brianna Valdivia and Joseph Pena.

Logan Elementary students Koury Rivera (left) and Francisco Pulgari were presented their award for their effort, good citizenship and good grades. Standing in back is resource teacher Fred Montes.

Awards distributed in July were:

Logan Elementary: Mrs. Veronika Muñoz and Mr. Philip Friedman presented checks and certificates to: Koury Rivera, Francisco Pulgarin and Cristal Muniz. King Elementary: Mr. Friedman presented awards to Aurora Ruiz, Stephanie Estrada and Carlos Gonzalez. Mr. and Mrs. Martinez presented the awards at Emerson Elementary to: Ariana Alvarez, Rosalvina Estrada and Paul Luna.

Tim and Linda Sexton, who actively continue their support of the Martinez Foundation, presented awards at three schools. McDowell: Perla Garcia, Jovanna Aguilar, Guadalupe Ramirez. Perkins Elementary: Jenise Carrillo, Melissa Burgos, Carla Hernandez, Oscar Hernandez. Cesar Chavez Elementary: Albert Lua, Santa Monica Hernandez, Marisela Hernandez.

For more information about the Martinez Foundation, please call 619-691-1707.

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