Oct. 13, 2004 - The Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence will honor 49 "heroes" for their contribution to the Marana Unified School District from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 16 at Heritage Highlands Country Club, 4949 W. Heritage Club Drive.

At the semi-formal dinner, the foundation will show its appreciation to district staff, faculty and volunteers who "go above and beyond" their every day duties, said Tamara Crawley, MUSD community relations director.

Thornydale Elementary School Principal Lynnette Brunderman said each year the nomination forms are evaluated to see which individuals have enriched the lives of students. The number of people who receive the honor depends on how many forms the foundation receives, she said.

When reviewing the nominations, Crawley said the foundation's board was looking for "Marana's finest contributors to education, the ones that go that extra mile and stand out." This year the foundation received 49 completed nomination forms and will honor all who were nominated, Crawley said.

Those nominated come from all facets of the district, and teachers, certified staff, administrators, community volunteers and support perennial. Those honored include bus drivers and crossing guards who remembered students' names and greeted them every morning. Board member Debbie Schmich also will receive recognition as one of the district's heroes.

In addition, the dinner will include a presentation of award grants to Marana High School and Marana Middle School in memory of Walt Lindley a former member of the Marana Foundation, Crawley said.

The dinner will cost $30 per person and will include raffles and entertainment, for more information and reservations contact Lynnette Brunderman at 579-4900.

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