The Sunset High School Alumni Association awarded $7,020 in grants to the school in October. Group Counseling received grants totaling $1,470 for items such as DART bus passes and ACT/SAT study packets. The Medical Explorers Club and the Business Education CTE program received $500 each. The KOM Mentoring Program, Ras’en Celebration, Ballet Folkloric, Robotics Club, PE Department, Academic Decathlon, Outdoor Wilderness League, Peace Keepers, the Advanced Placement program and Ms. Tatum’s Scholars each received $250. The Special Education and World Languages departments received $200 each. And the National Honor Society received $100. The school’s newspaper and yearbook, the Sundial and Stampede, received a laser jet printer valued at $500, which Staples Office Supply Co. donated. They also received a $600 digital camera. For more information, visit

The community liaison at Sunset High School, Nora Garcia, won a national award from Practical Parent Education, a Dallas-based company that provides training and curriculum to parent educators. She won the Linda Johnston Parent Educator fo the Year award, which “recognizes the work of a parent educator who goes the extra mile to provide outstanding services to the community.” Garcia has been a parent educator for 16 years, the last six of which were at Sunset. Since she started, parents have become more involved in their children’s educations, and they ask more questions and volunteer more often, says principal Anthony Tovar.