May 31, 2016 – Dozens of eighth grade students who have participated in the Bakersfield City School District Migrant Education program were recognized for their graduation during the Migrant Student Recognition celebration held on May 20th at the District office.
“I thank the Migrant Education Program because now I am ready to continue my education, and I have decided that I will pursue a medical career,” said student Diego Luna, Sequoia Middle School.
The celebration was attended by families and friends of the graduates, as well as District officials, and parents who participated in the Migrant Program.
“I would like to encourage the migrant students to continue their academic education and obtain a degree,” said Laura Cruz, President of the Migrant Parent Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).
The celebration included musical entertainment by the College Heights Mariachi, who were also recognized, as well as the presentation of the Migrant Student and Teacher of the Year.
“The Migrant Education Program is like a family,” said teacher Ruth Villalobos, Sequoia Middle School. “I received a lot of support which helped me in my life.”
The purpose of Migrant Education is to provide supplemental instructional and/or family support services to migratory families. The Migrant program provides support and comprehensive educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves.