High School Kindness Award Deadline Approaching


CUPERTINO — The deadline for Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) seniors to apply for a special award recognizing kindness and altruism is this Sunday, April 15.

The Sandlot Award recognizes students at Monta Vista, Cupertino and Lynbrook high schools who display kindness to others. It was originally launched in 2009 at Monta Vista as the Justin Perkins Sandlot Award in memory of former student Justin Perkins, who died of cancer in 2008.  An effort is ongoing to bring the award to all five FUHSD schools.

Award coordinators say that while other school awards measure academic, athletic, and extracurricular successes, the Sandlot Award measures altruism that is not necessarily well known.

The award shines the light on “invisible students” who don’t always get recognized for their efforts, said Lynbrook Associated Student Body President Kevin Tu. It’s about students who are, “doing something good, not just for the title and recognition; it’s people serving for the heart of serving,” he said.

“It’s what’s unique about this award, and something Lynbrook needs a little bit more of,” Tu said. “I really support what this award encourages and fosters. And I believe that if everyone would be more like a sandlot hero our school would be a better place.”

The word “sandlot” in the name harkens back to the days of youth coming together on a sandlot field, with no agenda other than to play and imagine together. A place where kindness is extended for the sake of kindness, and not because it will be rewarded.

Judging for the Sandlot Award is based upon the initiative and self-motivation shown by the student, community service, participation in sports (if any), interest in continued self-learning, and the ability to relate to a wide variety of groups of people.

The award application is online.  For information about the Justin Perkins award for Monta Vista and Cupertino students,  general questions or to nominate students, contact Cathy Gatley at cgatley@juno.com. For Lynbrook, contact Howard Doi at jhdoi@sbcglobal.net.