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Mt. Diablo Unified “You Make a Difference” awards event honors students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others who make a difference in the lives of students with unique needs

Recognition event, co-sponsored by MDUSD’s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) and Special Education Department, approaching 20th year


WHAT:  The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Special Education Department and Community Advisory Community for Special Education (CAC) are hosting the semi-annual “You Make a Difference” awards event, honoring those in the community and within the District who make a difference in the lives of students with unique needs, including those with disabilities, and homeless or foster youth. More than 20 recipients will be recognized, including students, parents, teachers and other staff, administrators, and community members. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) are among the honorees.


WHERE:  Mountain View Elementary School, 1705 Thornwood Dr., Concord 94521 (Get directions)


WHEN:  Wednesday, April 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m., in the school’s Multi-Use Room (MUR)



The “You Make a Difference” awards began in 1999 as an opportunity to thank those involved in the lives of students with unique needs for their positive impact and contributions, and as a jointly-sponsored event by the District’s Special Education Department and Community Advisory Committee. Nominees represent a wide range of stakeholders and education partners, including students, staff, teachers, administrators, community members, and community organizations.


This year, 21 recipients will be recognized. While the honorees know they will be recognized at tomorrow’s event, they do not yet know why, or by whom.  The nominations will be read at tomorrow’s event.  Each recipient will receive a commemorative plaque, saluting their contributions.



Superintendent Nellie Meyer

Board Members

Members of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Special Education administrators, staff, and teachers





Awards presentation

Slideshow of photos of recipients (doing what they do to make a difference!), produced by a student at College Park High School

Student poster(s)


The event is open to the public. Your coverage is welcome.  On-site media contact is Ursula Kroemer Leimbach at (760) 705-6919.



About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/24/18

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