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onstrated desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. For Cecelia, it’s not just about helping kids get off to a good start but encouraging them to finish strong – as long as students maintain passing grades they receive additional funds each of their four years in college. Her hope is to inspire the next generation of leaders in Morgan Hill. As she envisions it, “We’re encouraging our youth to attend college or vocational school, start their careers and return to their hometown to get involved and give back to the community.” HEARTFELT OUTREACH The heartfelt community service of Cecelia and the volunteers of the Edward Boss Prado Foundation can be felt in many, many areas of the South County, including support for: anti-bullying programs in local schools, after-school and summer programs at the Lori Escobar El Toro Youth Center, books for the Rod Kelley Elementary School Library, sleeping bags 34 and food for the homeless, a new coat of paint for Morgan Hill’s Learning & Loving Education Center in Morgan Hill, and more. Along with developing her Foundation’s services, Cecelia also sits on the boards of El Toro Youth Center/Boys and Girls Club, United Way’s South County Chapter, and as an ambassador for the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. All of her work has put Cecelia in the spotlight, and she claims to be “a little vain”, but people who know her say when it comes to serving families in need, Cecelia is the first one to offer help – straight from the heart. Sponsored Programs of the Edward Boss Prado Foundation • • • • • • • • • • • • No Child Goes Unfed Cecelia’s Closet and Food Pantry Walking with Dignity Prado on the Go Scholarships Learning & Loving Education Center Suicide Prevention Awareness Migrant Education Odyssey Community School Weekly Breakfast and Haircuts for Students Gym Youth & Young Adult Program Share the Runway The Dance Hall edwardbossprado.org The Edward Boss Prado Foundation works with relentless passion to empower people in need with resources that foster dignity and respect. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY / AUGUST 2015 gmhtoday.com