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Rick Richards addresses the percussion students at Bancroft Middle School. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner ‘Keeps Music Rockin” For San Leandro Schools

Some call him the Santa Claus of the San Leandro schools’ music program. If teachers and students need something, he finds a way to grant their wish, making him this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.

01/28/2015

Art Shanks (right)  watches a construction class at The Cypress Mandela Project in Oakland. (CBS)

Earthquake Rescuer Builds Training Program For Builders

The Loma Prieta earthquake changed a lot of lives back in 1989. Thanks to the creativity and hard work of this week’s Jefferson Award, it’s still changing lives today.. for the better.

01/21/2015

Sharon Chin and Kate Kelly report from Eastside College Preparatory School. (CBS)

KPIX Celebrates 10 Years Of Profiling Bay Area Jefferson Award Winners

It’s now been ten years that KPIX 5 has been profiling Bay Area Jefferson Award winners — stories on the quiet heroes who show one person can make a difference in our community.

01/14/2015

Vicki Goss (left) and Susi Folks prepare ChemoCare Bags for patients. (CBS)

‘Bag Ladies’ Cheer Cancer Patients With Little Comforts

They call themselves “the bag ladies” or “the two little old ladies from Livermore.” But the nicknames don’t begin to describe the powerful way this week’s Jefferson Award winners touch the lives of cancer patients.

01/07/2015

Carol Ayers drums with her taiko group in San Francisco. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Keeps Seniors Drumming Along

Walk past the senior annex of the San Francisco Stonestown YMCA and chances are good you’ll hear drumming. But it’s no garage band – it’s this week’s Jefferson Award winner, working with her fellow musicians on a centuries-old art form.

12/31/2014

Jeffrey Holmes prepares to start his holiday light show at his family's home in Clayton. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Lights Up The Holidays To Help A Neighbor

It’s a one-of-a-kind holiday lights spectacular in the East Bay — amazing not just because of the show, but the man behind it: this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.

12/24/2014

Richard Kauffman leads a class of volunteers in Beaconsfield Canyon. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Nurtures Nature To Restore Habitats

In the heart of the Montclair District in Oakland, a little slice of nature is being restored. It’s a project that probably will never be finished, but thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner, Beaconsfield Canyon is already coming back to life.

12/17/2014

Gail Diserens welcomes Nick Lyons for a visit. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Puts Students On Track To College Success

This week’s Jefferson Award winner is a champion of students who are overcoming great obstacles. Gail Diserens volunteers behind the scenes. She helps students realize their dreams of graduating from college, so they can give back to their community.

12/10/2014

Karl Debro chats with his former student Robert Marrujo at Contra Costa College. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Steers Students To College

For almost 30 years, this week’s Jefferson Award winner has been teaching high school students in the East Bay, and says in all that time he has never met a “stupid student.” So when many of his students weren’t going on to college, he did something about it.

12/03/2014