The Dominguez Dream

In Memory of H. Frank Dominguez

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Early Literacy Program proves successful

The graduating students at Tyrrell Elementary School look forward to a bright future. The Vanir Foundation gives achievement awards to selected students in the graduating classes. The “Best Overall Student” award is given to three deserving sixth grade student who far exceeds all expectations. The 6th grade class, teachers and staff take a secret vote to select the deserving student. This year, Leonor de Jesus, Yahaira Venegas, Joanna Togiai and Abdurrahman Haniff were selected for this award. Vanir Ambassadors Victor Lopez and Omar Galvan attended the graduation ceremony. They handed out certificates with monetary awards to each of the students. Mr. Galvan stated, “There was a lot of a

Expanding Horizons with Mother of Sorrows

​Thanks to the Vanir Foundation, a group of 5th-8th grade girls from Mother of Sorrows School (MOS) participated in the “Expanding Your Horizons” conference. Hosted by Mount Saint Mary’s College, this career day is intended to inform young women about careers in math and science-related fields. The conference is aimed at girls in grades 5-8. Girls participate in hands-on workshops such as dissecting pig hearts, isolating DNA, and making colors with chemistry. Programs like Engineering is Elementary, led by Vanir Ambassador, Carmen Burky fosters science & math learning for students at MOS. However, activities which target female students, “help introduce our girls to the world of science a

Dominguez Elementary celebrates second annual Career Day

“The main purpose of career day is to give as much exposure and information about the different career options available to our students. My entire staff along with myself believe that college begins in kindergarten”, stated Dominguez Elementary School Principal, Alejandro Hernandez. Many individuals contributed their expertise to make this possible, including Vanir Ambassadors Carmen Burky and Michael Villegas. In addition to various guest speakers the district’s maintenance and operation department provided hands on tools for exposure to electrical, carpentry and welding careers.The goal of career dayis to help students relate the courses they are taking now to their future careers. Do

Bret Harte Elementary Student Reflection

​Bret Harte Elementary School and the Vanir Foundation have partnered to provide programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Last year, the foundation provided funding for an after-school hands-on program led by Vanir Ambassador Jordi Rodriguez. Engineering is Elementary (EIE) was open to 3rd and 4th graders to learn about different engineering concepts in a fun atmosphere. One of those students is Gloria Ruelas. She participated in the program which helped develop her love for science and engineering. During the Vanir Foundation’s “Pathway to Success” fundraiser on October 24th, Gloria shared her experience in EIE. She discussed how she enjoyed learning by making

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