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Our Middle School Grant Program Rewards Exceptional Scholars, Encourages Leadership and Strengthens the Community

On March 20, together with the Greater Van Nuys Rotary club, we recognized deserving teachers and students at the 7th annual Teacher Mini-Grant and Young Achievers awards ceremony.

Three educational mini-grants were awarded to middle school teachers in the San Fernando Valley, and four $100 grants were awarded to Valley middle school students. Scores of other students were commended for their academic achievements.

Awarded teachers were Mandana Saidi, from Van Nuys Middle School, who received a $500 mini-grant for using aviation in community service in her teaching. The $300 mini-grant went to Dr. Roxsana Jaber-Ansari of Hale Charter Academy and Stephanie Hubbard of Valley Alternative Magnet received a $200 mini-grant.

The Young Achievers program honored 34 exceptional students from 13 Valley schools, recognizing achievements in academics, athletics, the arts and community service/ leadership. The top student in each category received $100 funded by the Rotary Club:

  • Academics: Thania Rahman, Madison Middle School
  • Athletics: Julietta Lam Zamora, Mulholland Junior Police Academy
  • Arts: Christian Francia, Valley Alternative Magnet
  • Community Service/Leadership: Min Kim, Nobel Charter Middle School


The ceremony was held at LAFD Fire Station #114 Air Operations, located inside of the airport.

Please join us in congratulating the winners, and saying “thank you” for all the good we know they will do for our community.