SAN RAMON VALLEY

Monte Vista's Gilles wins teaching award

Kimberly Gilles, a teacher at Monte Vista High School in Danville has won a top award for teaching excellence from the National Education Association Foundation.

She won the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000 during the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 7 in Washington, D.C.

During the gala, the foundation granted nearly 40 awards to outstanding educators and supporters of public education.

A veteran teacher in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and a member of the San Ramon Valley Education Association, Gilles was nominated for the award by the California Teachers Association, which is a labor union affiliate of the National Education Association. She was chosen by her peers to win the award because "she has attained the highest teaching standards, as illustrated by her exemplary instruction, advocacy for the profession and staunch support of public education," said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.

She also shows a commitment to diversity in her teaching, Stanford said: "In her classroom, she shares a passion for social justice to inspire students to lift up their own voices through reading and writing."

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff

DANVILLE

Kids' birthday party for Seuss on March 6

All things silly and wonderful will be celebrated March 6 at a special "Seussical Birthday" event for children in grades kindergarten through third. The event will last from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include arts and crafts, face painting, games and story time.

The party is sponsored by the Town of Danville and Friends of the Danville Library. It will be held at the Danville Community Center, 420 Front St.

Sign-ups are $5. Preregistration is required and can be done online at www.danvillerecguide.com. Call 915-314-3400 for more information.

Due to the growth of the event, parents are required to attend with their children.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

DANVILLE

Rotary's club's crab feed to benefit community

The Danville Rotary Foundation will host its annual fundraising crab feed March 8. Proceeds from the event will benefit local youth and community programs and the Veterans Memorial building in downtown Danville.

The dinner will be held at the Big Gym at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way in Danville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Register at www.danvillecrabfeed.org.

The event includes a fresh crab dinner, live music, an auction and raffle prizes.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff