Jefferson Awards

Barbara and Rob Dicely introduce a cheetah to the students at Twin Hills Middle School in Sebastopol. (CBS)

North Bay Couple Brings Wild Cats To Schools For Conservation Lessons

She taught kindergarten. He taught high school. But now, the retired couple lives on the “wild” side. This week’s Jefferson Award winners are offering a different kind of educaton: one that brings wild cats up close.

05/21/2015

Ryan Traynor teaches his Money Smarts class for teenagers. (CBS)

Peninsula Teenager Leads Youth Literacy Campaign

He teaches science, math, and finance, collects books and board games for kids… and this week’s Jefferson Award winner is still a teenager!

05/06/2015

Judith Cohen with some of the Handful Players in San Francisco. (CBS)

Western Addition Kids Take To The Stage To Fine-Tune Life Skills

Some San Francisco kids are taking to the stage under the direction of this week’s Jefferson Award winner, learning all about teamwork, communication, and presentation while they have a whole lot of fun.

04/29/2015

Marie Jobling (left) chats with Ana Aureoles at a Community Living Campaign event in San Francisco. (CBS)

San Francisco Woman Supports Elderly And Disabled With Housing Help And Activities

Thousands of people, elderly and disabled in San Francisco, no longer feel lonely. That’s because this week’s Jefferson Award winner helps them — help themselves.

04/22/2015

Marilyn and Jerry Burke. (Burke Family Collection)

East Bay Mom, Dad Honor Memory Of 16-Year-Old Daughter By Ensuring Bright Future For Others

Parents turn grief into giving, helping music in the schools, organ donation, and the poor from Oakland to Angola.

04/15/2015

Ali (left) and twin brother Hadi Partovi. (CBS)

Twin Brothers Teaching Millions Of Kids That Coding Can Be Fun

One in ten elementary and middle school students are learning how to code, and thousands of instructors are learning how to teach programming, because of twin brothers with a single vision.

04/08/2015

Charles Williams with the robotics team at Cupertino High School. (CBS)

Robotics Team Mentor Helps South Bay Students Engineer Success

Some South Bay high school students are getting lessons in engineering that will carry them a long way outside the classroom, and it’s thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

04/01/2015

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Volunteer Brings Scientists, Engineers Into Elementary Schools To Play Science With Kids

A school volunteer and Ph.D. saw that elementary schools were missing something in their science classes. So she jumped in, and brought a few scientific friends with her.

03/25/2015

Narada Michael Walden at the piano at Tarpan Studios in San Rafael. (CBS)

Marin Musician Shares His Time And Talent With Kids

A North Bay musician fills his calendar with work for his own band and producing music for top recording artists. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner still makes time to share his art with local kids.

03/18/2015

Joan Jeung (CBS)

Oakland Pediatrician Helps Refugees Navigate New Culture

An estimated 400 to 500 people living in East Oakland are refugees who’ve fled political oppression in Burma, the southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar. And they’re navigating their way in a whole new culture, thanks to the kindness of a soft-spoken, unassuming pediatrician who is this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

03/11/2015

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