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Thousands of Anaheim Third Grade Students Treated to The Gift of History
Anaheim Convention Center Arena Site for Program and Gift Distribution
ANAHEIM, CA - (October 6, 2009) - Thousands of Anaheim third grade students were treated this morning to inspirational words, graceful and athletic performances by Anaheim Ballet and from members of the US Men’s National Volleyball Team, as well as special visits from the Anaheim Fire Department, Anaheim Police Department and K-9 unit, and Mickey, Donald and Goofy from Disney - all part of the third annual The Gift of History, the vision of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and a celebration of Anaheim’s past, present and future.  Students from six school districts and private schools in Anaheim, were invited to participate in the third annual event. 

The Gift of History event is important because it teaches children their City history, and emphasizes the importance of education and community involvement,” said Mayor Pringle.  “We have many business partners in this event, who provide not only words of encouragement, but also backpacks, school supplies, Anaheim’s history book, “Anna’s Home by the River,” plus all the support needed to make this event possible.  The children have a great time, and this event is truly a highlight of the year for everyone involved.”

Students began arriving at 9 a.m. and immediately lined-up to enter the Convention Center Arena.  Upon entering the Arena, students were first met with music and a video on character development.  Students then settled in their seats for the 50-minute program, before returning to their respective schools. 

One of the highlights for the students was receiving a backpack filled with fun and educational items.  The colorful backpacks, compliments of the Office Depot Foundation, included the book, “Anna’s Home by the River” written by Gail Eastman, one free child’s ticket for admission to the Napoleon exhibit at Anaheim’s Muzeo, school supplies from Anaheim Public Utilities, and a firemen’s hat, compliments of the Anaheim Fire Department.

The donation of backpacks to Anaheim’s third grade students was part of the 2 million backpacks that have been provided to non-profit organizations and schools across the U.S. and Canada through the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program.

The Gift of History is entirely charitably funded by sponsors, including AT & T, The Disneyland Resort, Office Depot Foundation, Extron Electronics, Brookfield Homes, Anaheim Public Utilities, and the Muzeo.  Guest speakers included Mayor Pringle, State Senator Lou Correa, author Gail Eastman, Angels broadcaster Jose Mota, Office Depot Foundation Board Member Robert Ballou, and Disneyland’s Sr. VP Public Affairs, Kristin Nolt-Wingard.

For more information and to see photos of The Gift of History, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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