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Norwalk-La Mirada Principals’ Night Fundraiser Raises More than $1,000 for Student Scholarships

 They were joined by District administrators, including Principals’ Night coordinators, Benton Middle School principal Michael Gotto and Nuffer Elementary School principal Mak Sar.

“Thank you to all of our students and their families for making this such a wonderful night,” Gotto said. “It’s great to see the overwhelming support for the NLMAA Scholarship Fund. Our families are helping us lay the foundation for success in higher education, and it’s their own children who will benefit.”

On May 10, Cookie Ruby, a representative from Cedar Corp, which owns and operates two Norwalk McDonalds restaurants, presented the NLMAA with a check for $1,084.93.
 The NLMAA has worked with Cedar Corp for years, staging numerous successful Teachers’ Night fundraisers at local McDonalds. This year, Gotto and Sar decided to combine the resources of four District schools, which greatly increased participation and turnout.

Enlisting the support of administrators from across the District, Gotto and Sar were prepared to serve the large crowds of Norwalk-La Mirada families. Before placing their orders, students received “no-homework” stickers, giving them a pass from their studies for one night.

Morrison Elementary School fourth-grader Zaidee Zepeda was an eager Principals’ Night participant, already looking forward to a career in the medical profession.

“I felt really happy to be there, it was really fun,” Zepeda said. “I want to go to college and study science and medicine. I want to find a cure for cancer.”

The NLMAA Scholarship Fund offers two types of awards: a Scholarship Award for graduating seniors from El Camino, John Glenn, Norwalk and La Mirada high schools, providing they are enrolled in a college, university or vocational school that leads to an associate degree or equivalent certification; and a General Award that is granted to two students from each comprehensive high school.

The NLMAA is composed of certified administrators, classified management and confidential employees of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. In addition to the participating schools, principals from Chavez, Johnston and Dolland Elementary schools assisted in the fundraising, along with a number of administrators from the District office.

“Norwalk-La Mirada administrators are deeply invested in the success of their students, and continually go above and beyond to provide the support and resources our children need to be prepared for college and career,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Heartfelt thanks go to Cookie Ruby and McDonalds restaurants for allowing us the use of their restaurant for this special occasion.”