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Retired Sunnyvale teachers group walk the runway to raise money

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The Sunnyvale Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK), an International Organization of Women Educators, will be putting on its eighth annual Luncheon/Fashion Show/Boutique fundraiser for Sunnyvale School District schools on March 2.

The fashions are provided by Stein Mart in Cupertino and as always, models are ADK members. This year’s theme is “Valley of Heart’s Delight” – a look back at Silicon Valley agricultural roots. The group will be honoring Charlie Olson, of the well-known Olson Family orchard in Sunnyvale and a long-time supporter of Sunnyvale students.   

“With the funds we raise, we support a variety of local causes having to do with children and families. Among them are Sunnyvale Community Services, LifeMoves (helps homeless families return to permanent housing) and YWCA Silicon Valley Support network for battered women,” said Ann McCarty, the Chapter’s president. “The biggest recipient of the money we raise from the fashion show goes directly to students and teachers in Sunnyvale School district.”

Funding goes to each of the Title 1 schools to help defray costs for sending fifth graders to Science Camp and this year they distributed a total of 16 mini-grants to Sunnyvale teachers, eight at the elementary level and eight at the middle schools. 

This year, ADK has also taken on a new project, providing books for children to read while they are in the laundromat with their parents. ADK also donated funds to help teachers and students impacted by the Paradise fire.  Additionally, members volunteer time to help others in need in a variety of different settings.

“We are a small but mighty group,” McCarty added. “I value my participation in ADK because it is a group of smart, creative and passionate women who work together for the betterment of our local community. Our connection with education and with Sunnyvale is strong and that is what motivates us to put on this fashion show and other activities.”

As a recently retired teacher, she said she was especially gratified that the group could provide 16 mini-grants to teachers in Sunnyvale.

“I know how challenging it can be to find funding to support classroom instruction and I’m proud that we can help out a little,” McCarty said.

ADK has been in existence for more than 40 years. Most of the 35 members are current or retired Sunnyvale teachers.

If you would like to donate or learn more about the local chapter, please contact Chapter President Ann McCarty at

Article written by Ann McCarty and District Communications Coordinator Alia Wilson.

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