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May 8, 2018 > Celebrate school heroes

Celebrate school heroes

Submitted By Dionicia Ramos

A grand celebration will be held in Hayward for 41 heroes that support their school communities across the city. The ?Hayward Hero Dinner? honors those who go above and beyond the call of duty to enrich the lives of Hayward?s students. Heroes include volunteers, parents, custodians, administrative staff, teachers, aides, or anyone who supports students in our local schools.

Each year, all schools in the Hayward community (public, private, charter) are invited to select a ?hero.? A hero is someone who exemplifies kindness, integrity, selflessness, and continually goes above and beyond their usual duties for the betterment of the school and the students. The event initially launched in 2009 when the Hayward Education Foundation hosted a lunch for these heroes, with 14 guests in attendance. This year, over 600 are expected to attend the dinner in support of the heroes, including Hayward?s mayor, members of the Hayward City Council, and elected officials from across Alameda County. The event has grown to become the largest sit-down dinner in the city.

The dinner will be held at the California State University, East Bay gymnasium and will include participation from the Hayward Police Department and Hayward Fire Department. Guests compete with schools sitting at other tables in friendly rivalries touting their school spirit. Organizers will also be collecting donations for the Hayward Unified School District?s food pantry.

This year, the event will take place during Teacher Appreciation Week. This national recognition week seeks to promote appreciation for our nation?s educators.

The Hayward Education Foundation is an accredited non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping all Hayward students succeed by providing teachers with the resources necessary to support, enhance, enrich, and strengthen educational activities and experiences in ways that existing funding cannot. Learn more about the foundation and the 2018 Hayward Heroes at

Hayward Hero Dinner
Friday, May 11
5:30 p.m. ? 8:30 p.m.
Cal State East Bay Gymnasium
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward
(510) 881-0890
Tickets: $30, $240 table for eight

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