Friday, October 3, 2014

Dream foundation announces new board member

Leslie Silva joins organization helping Alturas fifth-graders

Express Staff Writer

Leslie Silva

     The I Have A Dream Foundation of Idaho announced Tuesday that Leslie Silva has joined the organization’s board of directors.

     Ken Lewis, president of the organization, stated in a news release that Silva, a five-year Blaine County resident, has previously worked as a volunteer and “taken a very active role in helping the children in the program.”

     The local I Have a Dream Foundation, the first of its kind in Idaho, was organized two years ago. In the spring of 2013, the organization adopted the entire third-grade class at Woodside Elementary School, now named Alturas Elementary School, as its “Dreamers.”

     The foundation has made the long-term commitment to help the Dreamers, now fifth-graders, achieve academically, develop social and cultural awareness and eventually graduate from high school. After graduation, the foundation has promised each student a two-year community college scholarship.

     Lewis wrote in the news release that Silva has an extensive background in volunteer work, having helped the elderly, children and people in need. She has been an active volunteer at the Senior Connection and Hemingway Elementary School, has delivered “meals on wheels,” and has been involved with Higher Ground, an organization that helps veterans.

     Silva has also served on the Community Library board and currently serves on the board of the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation.

     “A little-known fact is that a few years ago Leslie spearheaded the drive to send warm clothing—over 500 coats—from the Wood River Valley to people in need in the New York area after the devastation of hurricane Sandy,” Lewis stated.

     Silva joins other I Have a Dream Foundation board members Lewis, Dr. Lenny Cohen, Jacob Greenberg, Dr. Al Hackel, Reginald Reeves, Terry Ring, Delores Vega and Wendy Young.

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