Heroes in the Making

In our search for Lumenaries (educators) and SparQs (students), we seek out individuals doing incredible work for communities in need. Most often, the projects these heroes engage in are long-lasting, working with these communities year over year and touching many lives. As we share their stories and good work, we catch but a glimpse ofContinue reading “Heroes in the Making”

Lifelong Warriors

Yesterday, March 26, the LumenSparQ board joined El Camino College students, faculty, administration, and community members on the “CommUnity Walk Against Hate” to support the fight against hate, racism, and intolerance. While the focus was on recent anti-Asian hate crimes, the event emphasized inclusivity and unity with people from all backgrounds. Before the walk, weContinue reading “Lifelong Warriors”

What History Can Teach Us

Eighty years ago today, on February 19, 1942,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry (immigrants and U.S. citizens) from the West Coast of the United States for fear they might support Japan in the war.  As a direct result of this Order, my parents’Continue reading “What History Can Teach Us”

Lennox Middle School Book Club

It’s after school on a Tuesday in February. The Lennox Middle School Book Club members have gathered around the table. Our Lumenary, María Saldaña, leads the discussion on two books they have recently read. The students, a blend of middle school ages, sit quietly at first. In her soft yet confident voice, María sets theContinue reading “Lennox Middle School Book Club”

Board Member Spotlight: Christine

Over the summer, our board member Christine developed a Sensory Path on the playground at Buford Elementary School. The purpose of a Sensory Path is to allow students to use exercise and motion to release stress and cope with various emotional states. Christine worked with DaVinci High School students to design and map out theContinue reading “Board Member Spotlight: Christine”

Lumenary #3 – María Saldaña

As we return to school this fall, we are honored to announce our third Lumenary, María Saldaña, English teacher at Lennox Middle School in Lennox, California. In addition to her full-time teaching position, María coordinates the after-school LMS Student Book Club, a program we have chosen to support. Read her full story It seems thatContinue reading “Lumenary #3 – María Saldaña”

Lumenary – Sidra Dudley

Smiles. It’s all you see, even through the protective masks they wear. Beaming from ear to ear, these young learners have returned to campus after more than a year. For some, like the Kindergarten students, it is their first time stepping foot on campus. The attending student body is at fifty percent capacity to accommodateContinue reading “Lumenary – Sidra Dudley”

The Freezer Is In!

Our first Lumenary, Kim Cameron, and her team at the Warrior Food Pantry received the commercial freezer this week. Thank you to all of our generous donors for helping to make this happen. This gift will positively impact the students facing food insecurity by providing goods that might otherwise be turned away as donations because theyContinue reading “The Freezer Is In!”

Building a Team

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.”  Nicholas Sparks As a kid, I would hear the old saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself!” This statement, masterfully applied when things weren’t going as anticipated, reinforced the notion of going it alone andContinue reading “Building a Team”