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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.

Media Contact: Ruth Ruiz 714.765.5060more city news


ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous and most visited cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 351,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.7 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 20 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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