The APPLE (Appreciation for People who Promote
award was first introduced by Los
Angeles Mayor Tom
Bradley and his Education Advisory Committee in 1979. The award
recognizes individuals who help improve student achievement in
The 1999 APPLE award was presented to Dr. Caty by
actor/humanitarian Gregory Peck and LA Board of Education member,
Valerie Fields on behalf of the Los Angeles City Board of Education and
the Superintendent of Schools.
Valerie Fields declared:
in the Palisades Charter Complex
has extended to many different schools and areas of student achievement
too numerous to list in one paragraph. She has created and managed the
Mental Health Services for the Palisades Charter School Foundation, which
serves six schools. She has helped to bring a conflict resolution program
to Palisades Elementary School and assisted peer mediation programs at
three other campuses. Additionally at Palisades Elementary, she worked
with the student body to create a school newspaper, a district
award-winning video, and a lunchtime Olympics athletic program. She has
implemented an effective mental health counseling program at Palisades Charter High
School, serving approximately 150 students and their families per week.
Having been instrumental in both parent and student outreach programs,
Caren Caty has been "saving dozens of lives, every day, in many ways."
Photo: Gregory Peck, Dr. Caren Caty and Valerie Fields
Gregory Peck was
an iconic American actor who breathed life into many memorable characters.
He won the Academy Award for his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a
Mockingbird and the Jene Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Valerie Fields was Mayor Tom Bradley’s education advisor and represented
District 4 on the Los Angeles City Board of Education. She is a member of
the Arts for LA coalition of partners.