Last night, the San Francisco Education Fund held its annual Volunteer Recognition Event at the fabulous headquarters of Williams-Sonoma, where we celebrated all of our amazing volunteers and announced the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Service Awards.

It was a packed house of volunteers and other supporters who came out to celebrate the incredible work members of our community are doing in public schools.  Add appetizers, drinks and a cloudless view of the San Francisco Bay, and the evening was a hit. See photos of the event on our Facebook page.

We also announced the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Service Awards from this year’s selection of volunteers who were nominated by the educators with whom they work. After considerable time and thought, we selected a volunteer from our signature programs (Literacy, Math and College & Career Readiness), a volunteer who serves as whole-classroom support and a corporate partner from our Circle the Schools program.

This year’s winners are:

Linda Fawkes, a Literacy Program volunteer who dedicates her time at Dr. Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy each week. Read her story here.

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Paul Ma, who is wrapping up his second year of volunteering in Amber Zertuche’s engineering class at Philip & Sala Burton High School. Read his story here.



Dropbox, the winner of our corporate Distinguished Service Award, has dedicated employee time to ongoing service activities and programs at Mission High School. Read Dropbox’s story here