Kate Sessions Would Be Proud
by Lee Silber
Apr 25, 2013 | 1212 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
playing for education Lee Silber drums with gusto for the Kate Sessions Elementary School auction. 	
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If you know your local history, you know the late, great Kate Sessions was an educator who became famous for her work beautifying Balboa Park and other neighborhoods as a world-renowned horticulturist and tireless philanthropist. It’s fitting the elementary school named in her honor is also very active in raising funds to provide educational opportunities for area children.

On April 13, the parents of Kate Sessions Elementary School children held their annual auction to raise money to fund art, music, Spanish and library programs. Held at the Mission Bay Yacht Club, nearly 200 people attended the event.

Parent Kelly Hammel, whose husband is in the military, attended for the first time.

“The parents here are much more involved than in Miami, where my daughter attended school last year,” she said. “We didn’t have the extra programs the money from this auction provides our kids … I had a blast dancing side by side with the other moms who are not only a lot of fun, but you can tell they truly care about our school.”

Those who helped make the auction possible included parents Jennifer Henehan, Julia Seiders and Susan Levin, as well as area business like PB Shore Club, Duck Dive, The Fish Shop and Fortune Builders. Dozens of others also gave their time and talent.

“The auction plays a key role in funding particular programs, but people can always donate to the school. And not just money — we also need services such as printing, as well as office supplies, computer equipment and health supplies for the nurses’ office,” said Levin, who was responsible for gathering donations.

Donations can be sent to Friends of Kate Sessions at 2150 Beryl St., 92109 or by calling (858) 273-3111.

— Lee Silber is an award-winning author of 19 books who also happens to have two sons attending Kate Sessions Elementary School. His band provided the music for the event. www.leesilber.com
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