Posted on: Mar 06, 2019 at 5:12 PM
Taken from Rebecca Garcia's Facebook post today: Congratulations Rebecca on making a difference!
Cabrillo College CAP Program had its Awards Ceremony last night. CAP assists low-income students in preparing for higher education by providing after-school tutoring, academic counseling, leadership workshops, and parent education. Ten sixth grade students from seven middle schools in Santa Cruz County are selected and are supported in middle school, high school, and at Cabrillo. In Watsonville, E.A.Hall, Lakeview, Pajaro, and Rolling Hills Middle Schools participate. I had the honor of presenting a certificate and medallion to ten students from Rolling Hills Middle School. Also, recognized were Seniors who are graduating and will be attending Cabrillo or another college/university. For those attending Cabrillo, they will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Congratulations to all.
Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 at 9:39 AM
Memories from 1964 football season and of our dear friend and great athlete Joe Richards. Miss you Joe!
This game was on Friday the 13th and it was a really a bad day for me as I had surgery on my right knee back at Watsonville Hospital. I would have loved to have played with Joe and the team.
Posted on: Feb 24, 2019 at 9:45 AM
Congratulations on achieving our goal of $4000 for the Norm Haney Scholarship fund!
We made it right at the wire thanks to the following generous classmates who came through when we needed it:
Thank you to the many other Class of 65 generous donors who made this possible. We now will give two $2000 scholarships to a deserving male and female Watsonville High School graduate who will be the first to attend college in their family!
The event will be on May 21st at 6:30 p.m. It would be great to attend and show your support! More details to follow in the near future.
I am so proud to be part of this and a member of the WHS Class of 65! I don't believe any other class has offered a scholarship in the name of one of their teachers!
The Three Stooges say thank you to all! We're making a difference to two deserving individuals, we're giving back to our community and we're honoring a teacher who made a difference in our lives!
Go Go Watsonville High School Class of 1965!
Posted on: Feb 16, 2019 at 7:03 AM
Anyone out there who can identify The classmates and friends in the attached photo ? I believe the picture was taken near Main Street and Arthur Road with Carrols (?) Truck Stop in the background. The date was probably 1959 on the 4th of July. It’s worth a hundred bucks going to Mr. Haney’s Scholarship fund in the name of anyone who identifies the players. The driver was Bob Lee. Good luck!
Posted on: Feb 15, 2019 at 2:33 PM
Update on our classmate and friend Marc Sproule................
Thank you to many of our classmates for their donations to help Marc Sproule find hope and a home.....
We were able to keep Marc off the streets for almost a year. During that time we helped him get through the Social Services labyrinth and get MediCal, numerous benefits from Social Services, and placed him on the waiting list for subsidized housing. The waiting time in Santa Cruz is many many years due to the huge demand.
During this time we discovered that our well-intended actions were actually disqualifying Marc from key Social Service benefits. The system would prefer we keep taking care of Marc, so he did not qualify for most aid as we were paying for his living with donations. In September of this year, we severed ourselves from Marc and left him with funds to help him continue to stay off the street but without any further help. We left him with with everything he needed to become self-sufficient. He was not able to do so.........
January of this year he found himself in Dominican hospital with only two options....
1. Go to a homesless shelter in Santa Cruz County.
2. Go to a home in Merced run by a Pastor. His Social Security would more than cover the nominal cost.
Marc chose to go to Merced and he is now living in a home that is run by a local pastor. Marc isn't thrilled about living in Merced, but he is alive and he has a roof over his head and food to eat.
We learned that you can help someone only as long as they help themselves. It was hard to let Marc go on his own but we knew from professional advice, that unless we planned to care for Marc the rest of his life, we weren't helping Marc take responsibility for his own well-being.
There are many classmates to thank for helping Marc pick up after his eviction from his home followed by a small stroke that put him in the hospital and required rehabilitation. We helped Marc have access to the benefits and funds that were available for Marc via our Social Service System.
Thank you to Drew Johnston for being Marc's chauffeur, shopping guide etc. You gave a lot of yourself and I know how much Marc appreciated you. You are one special guy! (Mary too for her support)
Thank you Tim Hurd for being Marc's chauffeur, etc. You too deserved kudos and thanks for helping out your friend and classmate Marc.
Thank you to Karen Kelley Lund, Nancy Roark DePuy, Richard DePuy, Janelle Secondo for taking Marc to the Social Services meetings and filling out multiple forms to help him get benefits that improved his life. You're wonderful people with big hearts!
I know I've forgotten someone who gave of themselves to help Marc so please forgive me.
Personally, this was really difficult for me as the goal was to always find Marc a home and I failed. I was naieve to the real world of the homeless and now I have a much better understanding of how difficult it is today for many people to keep a roof over their head and food in their stomach. It only takes a short period of time and one incident to find yourself sick, lose your job, and find you can't make ends meet!
Please keep the homeless in your hearts and minds. In many cases, circumstances just overwhelmed them and they need our help.
Please keep Marc in your thoughts and prayers. We all know how hard it must be for Marc.
I will post his physical address so you may send him your good wishes and let him know you're thinking of him.
A kind word from an old friend will brighten up his day. And maybe when he feels down, he can pick up your card and remember
that someone cares. It may sound old-fashioned but I know how powerful a few kind words from a friend can mean when one feels alone!
Warm Regards to all of the wonderful caring people of the Class of 65.
C/O Pastor Alan Hewitt
334 E. Childs Ave.
Merced, Ca. 95341
Posted on: Dec 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM
The "Three Stooges" Challenge!
Dear Class of 65 Classmates,
The Class of 65 continues to offer scholarships in the honor of Norm Haney. These scholarships have been offered to WUHS recipients who will be the first in their family to attend college. Last year we donated two $2000 scholarships to a male and female recipient.
The "Three Stooges" would like to challenge our Class of 65! We are hoping to raise $4000 again this year but we're currently barely at $1000.
The "Three Stooges" have offered to match your donations to help make our goal of $4000 for a limited time!
For Example: If you make a donation of $50, they will match if with another $50 to make it a total of $100!
Why donate to the Norm Haney Scholarship?
1. It gives you a chance to show genorosity and give back to Watsonville High School!
2. It gives two young individuals the opportunity to be the first in their family to attend College!
3. You commitment will make a big difference in their lives!
4. You will improve the community where we grew up as we give back!
5. You will honor the memory of a wonderful teacher, friend and community member who made a huge difference in our lives.
Please help us make a difference in the lives of two deserving students, honor our friend and teacher Norm Haney, and give back to our school and to our community!
Please send checks made out to "Jim Lopes" to the following address:
9900 Culver Blvd., Unit PHC
Culver City, CA 90232
The "Three Stooges" from left to right: Jim Lopes, Ken Brownell, and Bill Probert
Posted on: Feb 06, 2019 at 4:17 AM
Hey Class of 65 WHS & Mora ,Thanks for all the birthday wishes , greetings & cheers on the 43rd anniversary of my 29th Birthday . 72yrs to those of us mathematically challenged .
Dear Gary Lee,
Thank you so much for your donation to the Norm Haney Scholarship Fund. I know you didn't take classes from Mr. Haney, yet he touched your heart as a neighbor and a member of our community. Thank you for the donation and the thoughtful note even though his team beat your Mora team. You're a good sport and a good man Gary Lee.
There are some things in life that are commonly accepted.
The sky is blue, grass is green — when not in a drought — and, if you’re a Watsonville High grad, like myself, the name of your mascot is spelled with a “z.”
Before last week, I was never curious as to why Watsonville used a z instead of an s at the end of its mascots' name. Like I said, I accepted it. It’s not a spelling mistake, which was my first thought when I went to my first high school basketball game, it’s the unspoken rule — like not putting ketchup on a hotdog. No Watsonville alumnus asks why, they just accept it.
“I don’t think I’ve ever asked,” said Watsonville Athletic Director Saul Ruiz, “and I don’t think anyone ever does. It’s just accepted.”