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IN MEMORY OF GEORGE FLORES George Flores launched the Volcano Kids pro- gram at Britton School to connect students with science learning experiences in places like Costa Rica and Hawaii. One of Morgan Hill Unified School District’s most dedicated and inspiring educators, George Flores, passed away on June 20, 2017 after battling cancer. Flores’ retirement from his post as a science teacher at Britton Middle School earlier this year marked ten years of exemplary service to the district. He was beloved by students and colleagues, and is credited with leadership and support of educational initiatives that will have lasting beneficial impact on students for years to come. In 2011, Flores co-founded Project Roadmap, an ongoing program to support students and their families by making college pathways more accessible. In 2015, Flores was honored by the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce as Educator of the Year for his role in helping to implement a model program of Multi-tiered Systems of Support at Britton. He also founded and led Britton’s Volcano Kids Club to provide students with opportunities to embark on science learning adventures in Costa Rica, Hawaii, and other locations. And, his advocacy led to the district’s establishment of the Math Engineering Science Achievement Club for first-generation college bound students. He will be greatly missed but his legacy will live on. At a memorial service for George held on July 8th, the Board of Directors of Project Roadmap announced that its annual conference will henceforth be called the George Flores Youth and Parent Conference. George was the driving force behind Project Roadmap’s inaugural conference, which is now a lasting tribute to George’s vision of equity and opportunity for all students. “George was a positive influence on others. He provided his students with avenues for enjoyable learning experiences, and encouraged them to live up to their full potential. When they excelled, he welcomed everyone to join in celebrating their success.” —Steve Betando, MHUSD School Superintendent REBEKAH CHILDREN’S SERVICES MOTHER’S DAY WALK FOR FOSTER YOUTH 38 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/AUGUST 2017 On Saturday, May 13th, Rebekah Children’s Services hosted their first ever Mother’s Day Walk for Foster Youth.  With May being Foster Awareness Month, it was a great time to promote all of the amazing work the Foster & Adoption team at Rebekah Children’s Services does for the children and families in our community.  The goal was to bring awareness to the need for foster families in Gilroy and the surrounding cities.  Approximately 100 participants were in attendance to listen to Pastor Malcom MacPhail share his own personal story before sending off the walkers through the beautiful grounds of Gilroy Gardens. gmhtoday.com