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The end of the academic term is near for Coachella Valley schools, but that doesn’t mean momentum is slowing down for anyone anytime soon.
From a possible bond measure to modernize a century-old high school to vending machines that dispense a love of reading, here’s this week’s education roundup.
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CSUSB Palm Desert nursing students will provide free medical care to vulnerable and unprotected populations
Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus recently received a $73,422 grant from the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation to support the university’s Street Medicine Nursing Program.
The grant will enable 32 nursing students and six nursing assistant students to provide free, vital health care services, such as wound care, foot soaks, triage, health assessments and more, to homeless people in the Coachella Valley.
The goals are twofold: to provide primary care and address non-urgent problems by redirecting people from the emergency room, and simultaneously improve practical education for future nurses to interact with vulnerable populations.
“Removing barriers to accessing healthcare is essential in our underserved communities,” said Chris Christensen, Interim CEO of Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. “CSUSB’s nursing program continues to be an important part of that outreach to the homeless and unsheltered population, and we support the work they are doing.”
Community meetings continue to discuss possible ties for a new Coachella Valley High School campus
The Coachella Valley’s oldest school may be the next to get a major upgrade. The Coachella Valley Unified School District will hold its third community engagement meeting at 6 pm on Monday, December 4 in the gymnasium at West Shores High School in Salton City.
The approach: Consider building a new campus for Coachella Valley High School in Coachella using a bond measure, a financing method used by school districts to cover the construction costs of modernization projects, typically by increasing local property taxes. The school has been in its current location since 1916.
The school district held two previous public meetings over the past month at Coachella Valley High in Coachella and Desert Mirage High School in Thermal.
College of the Desert to host open house
College of the Desert invites current and prospective students, as well as their parents and families, to its upcoming open house eventswhose objective is to provide comprehensive information on various academic and student services programs.
The events, which will be held from 4 to 7 pm on the Palm Desert campus on Wednesday, December 6 and on the Indio campus on Tuesday, January 23, will offer information about programs for students considering enrolling in English as second language and basic education for adults. and EDGE/plEDGE, the university’s tuition-free program.
Additional presentations will cover a variety of topics, including an overview of COD, guidance on the application process, and assistance with registration. Attendees can expect bilingual presentations in English and Spanish. Although registration is not required, guests confirming their attendance You will receive a complimentary dinner.
Valle del Sol Elementary launches book vending machine to encourage a love of reading
If we can get cans of soda and chocolate bars in a vending machine, why not books too? That’s the idea behind a new literacy initiative at Valle del Sol Elementary School in Coachella: a customized book vending machine called Inchy’s Bookworm.
“There is a literacy challenge within the school, particularly due to a lack of engagement and enthusiasm for reading books,” said assistant principal Jennifer Eyre. “Getting students excited about reading by selling their favorite books and taking them home will not only help increase a child’s literacy, but also improve family relationships through reading.”
The vending machine is already in action and students are racing to use their gold tokens (rewarded for good behavior and habits) for their favorite books.
SunLine Transit Agency’s ‘most prized project’ features winning student artwork on buses
Local students will have their visionary works of art wrapped on some SunLine Transit Agency buses over the next year as part of their fixed-route transit service throughout the Coachella Valley. The 2023 theme for the eighth annual contest encouraged students to express their personal interpretation of what a sustainable journey into the future looks like.
First place winners were Isabella Machado González and Antonio Coloma II from Benjamin Elementary School, Gabrielle Lou Mercedeine Coloma from La Quinta Middle School and Chanhwee Park from Palm Desert High School.
“This is one of SunLine’s most treasured projects, one of my personal favorites,” said Carmen Cubero, marketing and events manager for SunLine, adding that they always seek to engage and educate students about the technological advances driving fountains. clean energy alternatives.
Alianza Youth Leadership Retreat Inspires Advocacy Through Storytelling
Organized by Coachella Valley Alliance, a recent youth retreat brought together 28 high school students from across the eastern Coachella Valley. From photography to crochet to air filter making, the Youth Advisory Council attended workshops that improved their advocacy skills through the power of storytelling.
A session on the impact and dangers of agricultural pesticide exposure resonated deeply with Emeley Delgado, a junior at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal.
“It’s a huge problem that I knew about, but didn’t know about,” he said. “I think just spreading that awareness and standing up for people is so important.”
Jackie Castillo, a senior at Desert Mirage High, feels that some young people are afraid to become leaders within their community for fear of failure or believing that their voices are not as important. But at the end of the day, the two DMHS students witnessed others leaving the hands-on, community-building retreat with a stronger sense of themselves as leaders and as peers they can lean on.
“It’s very important for everyone to realize themselves,” Castillo said. “It was a really cool experience and definitely helped me feel more connected to my community.”
Jennifer Cortez covers education in the Coachella Valley. Contact her at email@example.com.