Schools Briefs: Refugees, trustees and more

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Terence Lee, left, received a Jefferson Awards medal from the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s Jack Russi earlier this month.

LAHS senior receives Jefferson Awards medal

Terence Lee, a senior at Los Altos High School, received a Jefferson Awards medal Jan. 17, recognizing his public service.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation honored Lee for turning what began as his Eagle Scout Project into a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge the digital divide by offering refurbished computers, workshops and mentoring services to underserved students.

“It has been a real pleasure to serve the community,” Lee said. “I sincerely thank all the donors, volunteers, community partners and Bay Area companies for their continuous support.”

Lee noted that a grant from Los Altos Community Foundation supported the work of his nonprofit organization, Equal Opportunity Technology.

“We are most grateful for that,” he said.

Lee also was a Daily Point of Light Award honoree Jan. 3, an award established by former President George H.W. Bush during his presidency to spotlight volunteers.

Presentation at De Anza centers on refugees

Lisa Campbell, who spent the past several years running a camp for Syrian refugees in Greece, is scheduled to discuss “Refugees and Us” 6-8 p.m. Friday at the De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

Elias Kamal, De Anza College student trustee, organized Campbell’s only speaking engagement in the region, which will focus on the global refugee crisis and how Americans can help. Kamal met Campbell when he volunteered one summer at the refugee camp in Greece.

Admission is free and open to the public.

To register and for more information, visit

LASD trustees hold office hours

Los Altos School District trustees Jessica Speiser and Bryan Johnson have scheduled office hours to answer questions and listen to parents’ concerns.

Speiser’s office hours are slated 9-11 a.m. Feb. 14, March 8 and April 4 at Starbucks at Rancho Shopping Center, 654 Fremont Ave., Los Altos.

Johnson’s office hours are set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Room 2, Los Altos; and 9-11 a.m. March 3 and April 17 at Starbucks, 565 San Antonio Road, Suite 2, Mountain View.

School seeks volunteers for International Week

Santa Rita School seeks volunteers for its International Week events, scheduled March 21-23.

The school’s International Week evolved from International Day, founded in 1994 by teacher Dorothy Dickson, who asked parents from other countries to teach cultural dances to students during lunch break and discuss the customs of their respective countries.

The tradition currently involves immigrant parents teaching cultural dances to students, who then perform them for the entire school.

Last year, the school added a silent auction, potluck and fashion show to the annual event, which drew a large crowd and raised funds for the PTA, according to PTA board member Alice Lee.

The PTA is recruiting volunteers to help organize this year’s International Week events.

To volunteer and for more information, email Alice Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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