Five things to know this Thursday morning:
1.) Dr. Mary Stauffer turns 99 tomorrow, but she celebrated early with a party at her namesake Stauffer Middle School.
More than 100 students, teachers and staff celebrated with Dr. Stauffer. Culinary students baked her cupcakes and Dr. Stauffer sang with drama students.
“Dr. Stauffer is a pillar of Downey Unified and the community,” DUSD officials said. “There is hardly a student in Downey who has not been touched by her generosity.”
2.) City Council candidate Blanca Pacheco will hold a campaign fundraiser this Monday, Aug. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Bastards. Sponsorship levels start at $50.
3.) Save the date: next year's Healthy Downey 5K has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. No location was announced.
4.) The Molina Foundaiton will be distributing 120,000 new children's books to 120 community agencies Saturday, with the distribution taking place at Downey High.
The giveaway will be the largest one-day book donation in the foundation's history, and will be supported by 200 volunteers from Molina Healthcare, along with helpers from Beacon House of San Pedro and KIWIN's students at Downey High.
The Molina Foundation has given away more than 4 million books since 2004.
5.) Downey High's band and color guard is holding a clothing drive Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the band room.
Bring anything you don't want: clothing, towels, shoes, purses, hats or blankets. (No furniture or toys.)
For questions or more information, call Louie Flores at (562) 665-2725, Carla Jimenez at (562) 922-9487 or Ana Navarro at (562) 644-5887.