• Vanessa Koo Is Recipient of District’s ‘Golden Apple’


    The San Marino Unified School District recently recognized Vanessa Koo as its recipient of the Golden Apple Award, presented annually through the Northwest San Gabriel Valley Administrators Association to a top school district volunteer.

    “Mrs. Koo has been an amazing school volunteer, wearing many hats and performing an incredible quantity and array of services,” said San Marino Unified School District  Superintendent Loren Kleinrock at the ceremony. “Her commitment typifies the parent support upon which the success of San Marino School is dependent. She is a shining example of all that is best in our school district.”

    Over her many years of volunteerism, Koo has served as PTA president at both Valentine Elementary School and San Marino High School. She is currently PTA Council president, coordinating the efforts of volunteers from all school sites. She has also been vice president of PTA  membership at the middle school, and at the high school she has served as vice president of calendar and programs as well as Grad Night chair. She is currently the vice president of ways and means.

    Koo has has also dedicated countless hours to the orchestra programs at both the middle and high schools. At Huntington Middle School, she took the lead in organizing activities for the program, including trips to New York and Washington DC, raised funds, promoted concerts and arranged volunteers for website management and concert programs.  For the previous two years, Vanessa was the band an orchestra booster president at the high school.

    Koo has also helped translate school and district communications into Mandarin and assisted in developing documents ranging from fundraisers to first day packets.

    She has most recently taken on the job of Parcel Tax Chair, leading the district’s efforts to renew the tax, which recently went before voters.

    “As you can see, San Marino relies heavily on Vanessa Koo to help us provide the education and opportunities we want for our students,” Kleinrock said. “For her unfailing commitment to the children or our schools, the district is happy and proud to recognize Vanessa today.”

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