June Baxter, Julie Gerth and Sue Hatfield of the Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women were recognized at a recent Cabrillo Unified School District board meeting for their dynamic dedication to education.

The group strives to bring educational opportunities to young women throughout their school years.

“It’s a wonderful experience to have no responsibility and all the fun with the kids,” said AAUW member and retired teacher Sue Hatfield. This year, Hatfield will be celebrating her fifth year of volunteering with the organization.

At the elementary school level, AAUW provides volunteers in the classroom. Tech Trek is a summer camp for girls entering the eighth grade to learn about math and science. High school students participate in mentoring activities, which have included career talks and one-on-one college search assistance, particularly for first-generation students. Women midway through their college careers have a chance to apply for a scholarship.

This year, Half Moon Bay’s AAUW branch distributed $7,000 worth of scholarships to female graduates of Half Moon Bay and Pescadero high schools who will be entering their junior or senior year of college in the fall. AAUW will also send six girls to Tech Trek at Stanford.

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