PTA Council honors volunteers

The Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council presented this year’s Honorary Service Awards at its annual luncheon May 14.

The council honored the following volunteers for their long-term and varied service.

• Kaye and Bert Loughmiller. In 1982, Kaye was a former teacher and stay-at-home mom engaged in school activities and the PTA. Bert was an engineer who, along with a few other parents, searched for ways to raise money for the schools. The first Los Altos Educational Foundation grant they secured was $600 for the purchase of classroom maps and globes.

Now retired, the Loughmillers continue to volunteer, with a focus on education. Kaye volunteers at the Los Altos History Museum and Bert at Children’s Center preschool.

• Christine Case-Lo. The mother of a special-needs student, Case-Lo worked to find other parents of special-needs children around the district, not just at her own school. She started the first Special Needs PTA in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

After a few years, Case-Lo and other Special Needs PTA leaders evolved the idea to form the Learning Challenges Committee, which organizes a monthly speaker series and facilitates parent chats. Under her leadership, the committee collaborates with parents to sponsor Ability Awareness Week activities at schools in the Mountain View Whisman and Los Altos school districts.

• Alan Cyron. Both the Los Altos Educational Foundation and the MVLA Educational Foundation reached their highest fundraising levels during Cyron’s tenure on their respective boards. He also served as a member of the Measure A Bond Oversight Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance. He has been active in Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 and as a lay leader at Los Altos United Methodist Church, where he serves on the Finance and Staff Parish Relations committees.

Jeff Harding, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, called Cyron “a steadfast advocate for our students.”

“His strong leadership skills bring people together to work toward a common goal,” Harding said. “We need more leaders like Alan Cyron in our schools.”

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