Alpha: Cindy Avitia High School is a small, safe and tuition-free community school that opened its doors to its first class of 9th graders in the summer of 2015. Led by Principal Emma Karpowicz and a team of dedicated and skilled teachers, Alpha: Cindy Avitia prepares all students for college with the knowledge, skills, and self-discipline needed to succeed. Further, Alpha also supports families through every step of the college process to ensure students successfully apply to, enroll, and succeed throughout college. We are honored to name Alpha’s first high school in honor of Alpha’s first board president, Cindy Avitia. Born and raised in East San Jose, Cindy served her community as an activist across many issues, a social and civil rights advocate, and an immigration attorney. Alpha is honored to memorialize Cindy, her commitment to empowering her community, and the spirit of service she embodied. Remembering Cindy Remembering Cindy As many of you now know, on August 22 we received the tragic news of the passing of our founding Board President, Cindy Avitia. Cindy was returning from a two month vacation with her family in Mexico when she was lost in a car accident on a highway in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Cindy’s legacy is her deep commitment to and passionate advocacy for the families of east San Jose. As Alpha’s founding Board President, Cindy inspired those who struggled to find hope, lent her voice to those who wanted to be heard, and fought to disrupt an educational system that had failed the children in her community for generations. She helped launch Alpha and to shape its mission and vision. No task was too great or too small; Cindy did whatever she could to ensure that every child had the opportunity for a better future. We miss you, Cindy. We feel blessed to have known you, and we will honor you, each day, by continuing your work. She left behind two beautiful toddlers, Dahlia, 4 and Carlos, 2. As our community mourns this great loss, a fund has been established to help with the necessary expenses that will be incurred. The fund will also be used to support the future education of Dahlia and Carlos. You can submit your contribution via check or in person at any Wells Fargo Bank. Checks can be made payable to: Memorial Fund for Cindy Avitia Account Number: 6367336523 Checks can be mailed to: Paulo Hernandez 603 N. 16th Street San Jose, CA 95112 On behalf of Alpha Public Schools families, staff and community, we thank you for your thoughts and support of Cindy Avitia and her family.