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Folsom Cordova Unified School District honor 'community partners'

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - At a luncheon on Friday, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District recognized organizations helping make a difference in the local education system.

“We are blessed to have so many community partners,” said Debbie Bettencourt, the district superintendent.

Board of Education member Richard Shaw marveled at the turnout.

“What we have is a true example of a community … taking responsibility for raising our children,” Shaw said.

Some of the organizations recognized included the Rotary Clubs of Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Historic Folsom and Folsom Lake for the annual dictionary project.

The service club distributes a dictionary to every third-grader.

“For many, this is the only book they own,” said Dave Sacco, past president of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom, in a previous interview with the Telegraph. “This is their book to use and take home with them.”

Zak Ford, board member, presented the Corporate Partner Award to the Stewart Tool Company. According to Bettencourt, the business has donated upward of $50,000 to the schools.

JoAnne Reinking, board member, presented the district’s Faith-based Partner Award to Lakeside Church.

The cities of Folsom and Rancho Cordova were also recognized for their efforts, with Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer and Rancho Cordova Chief of Police Rosanne Richeal on hand to accept. Folsom Lake Bank was also honored.

The lunch was held at the district’s main office in Rancho Cordova.