Los Altos High honored for civic involvement

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The state recognized Los Altos High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club, above on their February visit to Haiti, as a pioneering program in civic education.

Los Altos High School accepted the state of California’s Civic Learning Award in a campus ceremony last week.

Los Altos High earned the award, the first of its kind in state history, by pioneering several programs in civic education both inside and outside the classroom.

The award specifically recognized the following efforts.

• The Haiti Solidarity Club, which has developed extensive partnerships with Haitian grassroots organizations, including SOPUDEP, Los Altos High’s sister school in Port-au-Prince. Los Altos High regularly sends delegations comprising students, staff and adults to Haiti work on construction and fellowship projects.

• History Week, a five-day symposium dedicated to informing and educating more than 4,000 students on civic issues. This year’s program focused on “The Pursuit of Rights” and included more than 20 speakers.

• The “Muckraking” project conducted in U.S. History classes that assigned students the roles of modern investigative journalists covering a local problem and recommending practical solutions to that problem.

“It’s an enormous honor for Los Altos to be recognized as one of the first in California to receive an award like this,” said Wynne Satterwhite, principal of Los Altos High School. “Our teachers strive to create both responsible and knowledgeable individuals in their school experience, and we are very proud that our efforts have been so successful.”

Guests at the award ceremony included Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves, members of the district board, representatives of local elected officials and delegates from the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

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