|Authors Kim Greene and Daphne Nowell with their books for KRS' September Author Day|
|Officer Deon Joseph with the KRS kids of the Union Rescue Mission site in October|
|KRS boardmembers at our annual fundraiser in October!|
On October 27, 2011, KRS hosted its annual fundraiser at El Portal in Pasadena. KRS raised significant funds, thanks to El Portal restaurant, which donated a portion of its proceeds that evening to KRS, and the support of the local community and KRS volunteers who attended the fundraiser and bid on silent auction items (like a weekend ski trip to Mammoth) and purchased raffle tickets. In addition, at the annual fundraiser, KRS was recognized by Congressman Adam Schiff (who represents California’s 29th Congressional District) for its contribution to the Pasadena community. Representatives from Congressman Schiff’s office presented KRS with a congressional proclamation of achievement. “We are so humbled to receive this recognition on behalf of the volunteers of KRS. It is because of their dedication, enthusiasm and support that we are able to run this free Saturday reading program each month and reach out to more underserved youth through literacy,” said Deborah Yao, KRS’ executive director.
|KRS boardmembers Jacqueline Goodman & Deborah Yao with Teresa Lamb, District Representative for Congressman Adam Schiff|
In November, KRS hosted a Saturday reading program with a “Health and Nutrition” theme. After the regular reading hour, KRS students read tips on how to read a nutrition label and some common “chef lingo” (like the definitions for “chop”, “dice”, “boil” and “broil”). Tamar Kozanian and Jennifer Schlesinger of Cooking Matters, an organization that provides families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals, visited KRS at STARS and Villa-Parke and taught the KRS students how to make healthy yogurt parfaits. Dietitian Joyce Nakashima visited KRS at the Union Rescue Mission location and taught the KRS students about the benefits of healthy eating habits and also showed the kids how to make yogurt parfaits. Most of the kids had never had a parfait before so this was a particular treat. Many thanks to Tamar, Jennifer and Joyce for donating their time to KRS! After a fun and busy few months, KRS is looking forward to the upcoming holiday season and to 2012!