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Special Fundraising Appeal

Dear Leadership San Ramon Valley Alumni, We hope that you and your families are healthy and faring as best as you can during these unprecedented times. We are reaching out today to inform you about how the COVID-19 situation is affecting Leadership SRV and ask for your help in sustaining the program by making a donation.  With the Shelter-in-Place and social distancing requirements, we moved our April Regional Planning class to Zoom and managed to have a good day. Subsequently, we decided to postpone the Cultural Arts session and Graduation, until a time when we can gather in groups of 50-100, hopefully by January and February 2021. In the meantime, with so much uncertainty on the horizon, we have decided to pause the Leadership SRV program for the coming year and will not start a new class in September.  Amid all the COVID-19 concerns we held off launching the Best Class Ever alumni fundraising campaign, but now, with corporate sponsorship opportunities paused too, we need the support of our alumni to raise almost $7,300 to make ends meet for this year.  In addition, we project it will cost near $22,000 to sustain the non-profit organization through June of next year.  Our goal is to cover half of this amount with reserves and half with alumni donations to ensure the long-term viability of this valued program. During the coming year we will work on creating opportunities for alumni interaction, complete the remaining classes for the Class of 2020, and begin recruiting
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Class of 2019 launches its class project

The 2019 Leadership San Ramon Valley class is leading a fundraising campaign to enhance literacy instruction in our local schools to honor the memory of Maddie Hurd. Maddie Hurd was a graduate of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and was attending college in Washington State when she was tragically killed in a car accident on her way to Mount Baker Ski Area where she was an instructor supervisor. Maddie had dyslexia, a language-based learning disability, which significantly impacted her reading and writing. Much research exists on how the brain learns to read, in both typical readers and those with learning disabilities like dyslexia, but there is a large gap between the knowledge from this research and the practice of teaching reading in most school settings. Research shows that all readers, and especially those with reading disabilities, benefit from a structured, sequential approach that teaches them the code of their written language and develops automatic word recognition. With hard work, patience, dedication and the support of her family and many of her teachers, Maddie was an excellent student and an outstanding young woman, despite her reading and writing challenges. In honor of Maddie’s memory, the LSRV class of 2019 is raising funds to help educators improve their knowledge and practice in the teaching of reading. If you would like to make a donation, visit click on SRVEF “Friends of the Foundation”; insert your donation amount; check the box for a donation made in honor or memory; choose “In
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