The Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation (CEEF) is pleased to announce winner of the 2016 “Sandy Liu Community Service Leadership Award.” This award honors a member of our local community who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in service to the children of the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD).
Sandy Liu was a visionary leader within both the Blue Hills Elementary School community and CUSD. A loving mother of two, Sandy passionately dedicated her life to improving the quality of education for all children. In 2010, for example, she played an instrumental role in leading the collaborative effort of parents, local businesses, local leadership, CUSD, and CEEF to retain 115 K-8 teachers, prevent K-8 teacher reshuffling, and maintain a 20:1 class size ratio in Grades 1 – 3 district-wide by raising $2.5 million in 2.5 months. She battled cancer in a similar way – with courage and persistence, grace and beauty.
Dawn Ying received the Sandy Liu Community Service Leadership Award for her tireless commitment to the students of the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD). From acting in a variety of volunteer capacities at both West Valley Elementary and Cupertino Middle Schools as School Site Council Chair, PTA President, and President of the Cupertino-Fremont-Sunnyvale Council of PTAs, to providing leadership on such district-wide initiatives as Measures A and H, Dawn has left a significant legacy of thoughtful and generous service on behalf of our students. The Sandy Liu Community Service Leadership Award, a $1,000 award to be designated by the winner to a CUSD program of her/his choice, was established in October 2013 by the CEEF Board of Trustees in honor of the late Sandy Liu, a visionary parent of Blue Hills Elementary School who passionately dedicated her life to improving the quality of education for all children within CUSD.