$25,000 promotes ‘live in Madera’Five educators win $5,000 each to help buy homes here
John Rieping/The Madera Tribune
New teachers applaud five educators who’ve won financial aid to buy a new Madera home from the Madera Association of Realtors.
One hundred teachers, brand new to Madera Unified School District, were special guests at a luncheon held in their honor Friday at the Madera County Office of Education, and five of them came away with $5,000 each to use towards the purchase of a home in Madera, Madera Ranchos, or Chowchilla.
The prizes came from the Madera Association of Realtors, which in turn had won a $25,000 grant from the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors for this purpose.
The luncheon came on the second day of in-service training for the newly hired educators and was hosted by Madera Unified School District, the Madera Association of Realtors, and the Madera Chamber of Commerce.
Sixty community leaders joined the teachers in the chicken, tri-tip, rice pilaf, and coleslaw lunch.
The program, which included remarks from city, county, and school district officials, was emceed by Yesenia Gonzalez, president of the Madera Association of Realtors.
Representing the City of Madera, Mayor Andy Medellin greeted the teachers and underscored his belief that education is the cornerstone of the community. He reminded the educators of the extent of their influence and the number of lives they touch. He also had high praise for the local Realtors who “do not sell houses but rather sell homes.”
Robert Poythress, a member of the Madera County Board of Supervisors and whose wife taught in Madera Unified for over 20 years,…
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