Principal for a Day “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges”
Gina Ward, Rowland Unified
BUSINESS & COMMUNITY MEMBERS TAKE PART IN ANNUAL
PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY EVENT
March 3 Event Supports Scholarships For Local High School Students
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – February 28, 2011 – Business and community leaders from across the San Gabriel Valley will help fund local student scholarships and experience first-hand what it is like to be a school principal at the unique “Principal for a Day” event on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Community members are “guest principals” at schools across Bassett, Hacienda La Puente, Rowland Unified School Districts, and the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program. Corporate sponsors fund 14 high school career scholarships presented at the Principal for a Day Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Industry Hills Expo Center, Pavilion. This year’s Luncheon Guest Speaker is Entrepreneur/Educator Ann Marie Smith of Aldabella Scarpa, named “Retailer of the Year” by the National Latina Business Women Association, Los Angeles Chapter, and recipient of the Wells Fargo “Community Advocate Award.”
EVENT: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY MORNING SCHOOL TOURS
“Guest principals” tour elementary, intermediate and high schools – as well as adult schools – in the communities of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, La Puente, City of Industry and Walnut.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY AWARDS LUNCHEON (Industry Hills Expo Center – Pavilion 16200 Temple Ave., City of Industry)
A complimentary luncheon is provided for guest principals, with entertainment by the Rowland High School Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Wang. The Masters of Ceremony are Donald Sachs, Executive Director of the Industry Manufacturers Council and Heidi L. Gallegos, Executive Director, Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Gabriel Valley.
Luncheon guest speaker Ann Marie Smith has spent more than 26 years of her life in the field of education, with the purpose of making a difference. She is the first in her family to go to college and has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Social Change. As a former school administrator and teacher, she continues to devote time to working with “at risk” kids in the communities of Los Angeles County. She is influential in promoting and developing quality programs for kids that inspire them to be the best they can be.
Considered the region’s most comprehensive annual community outreach program, “Principal for a Day” has continued as a major business and education partnership each year for more than 24 years. The event partners with the Regional Chamber of Commerce of San Gabriel Valley and the Industry Manufacturers Council.