San Gabriel USD names Rafael Lua as the 2013 Golden Apple Award recipient

San Gabriel, CA, February 21, 2013: The San Gabriel Unified School District awarded Mr. Rafael Lua as its 2013 Golden Apple Award recipient this morning at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Golden Apple Awards Breakfast held at the Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia, CA. Each ACSA Golden Apple Award recipient is selected by the
individual school district based on the following criteria, a person or persons who supports the district and students and volunteers countless hours. Each district presents the Golden Apple award during the annual breakfast, presented by the Superintendent or a district administrator.
From the on-set, Mr. Lua has demonstrated a deeply held belief in parent involvement as a catalyst for student and school success and has exemplified this belief through his many hours of dedicated volunteering in the community, youth sports, and schools. At Elementary school, he has served on the School Site Council and on the PTA Board, including serving as president from 2008-2010. He also served as vice-president of the San Gabriel Educational Foundation from 2010-2012, helping to establish the successful annual phone-a-thon drive. He also assisted SEF with the recruitment of Spanish speaking families to donate and participate in SEF activities. Currently, Mr. Lua serves as president of the Jefferson Middle School PTA and is on its Site Council, as well as on the Washington Elementary School Site Council.
Mr. Lua also assists by facilitating monthly PTA Board meetings, community Association meetings, and other school events. He is a positive member of the team and is a problem solver. He works with the schools to promote community building activities for families and staff. As a member of School Site Council, Mr. Lua contributes his knowledge and experiences in order to help the schools develop new programs, monitor school programs, and oversee the site budget, in the area of student achievement. He provides input to the School Plans, and other school improvement initiatives.
Mr. Lua is a partner of the San Gabriel Unified School District. Although he has a full time job, he continues to put his children’s education first by being involved at the schools. He understands that parents and the community need to support our schools, and encourages others to participate. He makes himself available to any request, big or small, such as being a parent member of the teacher interview panels, serving on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, meeting with the school principals to plan PTA meetings, or just being a supporter of the school.
In the most recent years the school district has depended greatly on the graciousness of volunteers who provide their support in many different ways, such as hours in the classroom, preparation for special projects, reading programs during class, or simply monetary contributions. Districts across California greatly rely on the countless hours gifted by volunteers such as Mr. Lua and are greatly appreciative of those volunteers.
For more information regarding the Association of California School Administrators or the Golden Apple Award, contact (800) 608-ACSA or visit their website at
For more information regarding the San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF), contact Adela Angiuli, Executive Director, at (626) 451-5465 or email or visit the SEF website at
For more information regarding the San Gabriel Unified School District or schools, contact the Superintendent’s Office at (626) 451-5403, via fax (626) 451-5498, or email or visit the District website at
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