At this past Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, representatives from the Milpitas Rotary Club came to present a $10,000 check to the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD), for the Cal Hills’ Fresh Lifelines for Youth program, also known as FLY.

“I’d just like to say that these fundraisers we do are joint fundraisers,” said Milpitas Rotary President Larry Ciardella during the presentation. He went on to mention the collective efforts of rotarians, board members, and others from the local Kiwanis and Lions clubs.

MUSD also presented something to the Rotary Club in return: A certificate of appreciation, for the generous donation.

FLY has 3 main programs, based in Law, Leadership, and Mentoring. All programs are geared toward supporting youth between ages 11 and 24, and strive to put an end to juvenile crime and incarceration. The impact that FLY makes on our community’s youth is tremendous, and this $10,000 donation will surely go a long way.


Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in mid-2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s founder.

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