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Madera Linkage to host State of the District

The Madera Linkage Foundation and Madera Unified will host the second annual State of the District Address.

The reception for the State of the Union address will be from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday in the Matilda Torres Theater lobby.

The address will begin at 5 p.m. in the theatre.

Madera Linkage will also induct the second class of its Educator’s Hall of Fame.

This year’s 2022 Hall of Fame Class:

Bill Coate — educator

Ed Gwartney — educator

Julia O’Kane — superintendent

Joe Vivid — principal

Sue Thornton — educator

Loretta Edwards — administrative assistant

Mardi Taubert — educator

Sharon Harlow — paraprofessional

Rachel Villareal — administrative assistant

Madera Linkage will also award its mini grants to educators within Madera Unified School District.

The Madera Linkage Foundation’s goal is to fill in gaps in funding for Madera Unified students. This year, they will give away $8,000 worth of mini grants. Grant recipients are:

Teresa Pharacahanhsay — Dixieland-Take Home Library

Maggie Stickler — Nishimoto-Pumpkin Patch Raised Garden

Alyx Casillas — Pershing-Buddy Bench

Monique Atherton — Pershing-Outdoor Classroom

Lisa Howery — Lincoln-Touch and Feel Items for CA history

Ruby Melchor — Madera South-Student Pantry setup

Stephanie Hamblen — Madera South-Connect students to community luncheon

Irma Raygoza — Howard-Hydroponics

Michelle Dart — Pershing-Math manipulatives to help learn fractions

Jill Standen — Howard-Outdoor STEM class

Jordan Mattox — Madera South-Chess Club seed money

Rodia Montgomery Gentry — Madera South-Senior Economics Flea Market

Come and celebrate the Madera Linkage Foundation and the great things that have and are happening in Madera Unified School District. For information, email


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