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When students return to Los Gatos High School and Fisher Middle School on August 20th, counselors from CASSY will be on both campuses to help kids navigate the ups and downs of being a teenager. Come support our work in Los Gatos by participating in the 3rd annual Jill’s Ride for Hope, a walking, running and bike riding event that will be held on August 25th, with all proceeds benefiting CASSY.

Milpitas Unified School District will continue to support the belief that students’ academic success is directly correlated to their emotional well-being when school re-opens next month. The MUSD Board of Education, at its June 26 meeting, approved a contract with CASSY to support its two high schools, the newly re-opened Community Day School, and its special education program.

The Los Gatos Lions Club is committed to making life better for all of our school-age children, especially those who need a little extra support in their mental and emotional well-being. On Saturday evening, May 12th, the Date Night event will be held once again under the stars with a large, special event tent at Moore Buick GMC on Los Gatos Boulevard.  Enjoy wine tasting from eleven premiere local wineries, food sampling from eleven renowned Los Gatos restaurants, listen to live jazz and participate in silent/live auctions and raffle. Last year, proceeds from this event helped CASSY expand to Fisher Middle School. We are counting on this year’s event to continue to help fund this ongoing program.

The Palo Alto Weekly awarded CASSY a $15,000 grant from its 18th Annual Holiday Fund. Our Executive Director, Liz Schoeben, was a guest speaker at a reception Monday night, April 30th and explained CASSY’s mission and the work we do. The Palo Alto Weekly grant will support our ongoing program at six Palo Alto elementary schools –

An opinion piece featured on Palo Alto Patch focuses on mental health support in our schools and whether we should require professional therapists rather than trainees to address the issues our kids face today. CASSY is highlighted as an example of this shift to more seasoned professionals.

CASSY begins an exciting new partnership with Milpitas Unified School District to serve both high schools — Milpitas High School and the district’s continuation school, Calaveras High School — with plans to ultimately support the entire K-12 district. –

Principals at six Palo Alto Unified School District elementary schools have selected CASSY to provide on-campus mental health services. Our therapists started meeting with staff, parents and students last month, one to three days per week at each school. CASSY also agreed to be part of the PAUSD Health Council Advisory Committee.

CASSY received a Palo Alto Community Fund grant to help fund our work in the Ravenswood City School District. Our Executive Director, Liz Schoeben, represented the agency as a featured speaker at the reception last night.

The second annual Jill’s Ride for Hope fundraising event Saturday morning at Los Gatos High School was a huge success, with more people biking, running or walking this year to support mental health services for teens dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, academic stress, low self-esteem and substance abuse. All proceeds from the event, totaling almost $40,000, benefit CASSY.

A great opinion piece was featured in the Los Gatos Patch today about the second annual Jill’s Ride for Hope event which will be held at Los Gatos High School on August 27th. It does a nice job telling the story of Jill’s Ride and the services CASSY provides in Los Gatos.