May 26, 2016 – The Fred Haynes Education Foundation presented the “Dr. Fred Luther Haynes Student Achievement Award” to 46 students at the annual awards ceremony held on May 18th at Sequoia Middle School. Each year, the Foundation honors one outstanding male student from each school in the fifth, sixth, and eighth grades who has demonstrated leadership and academic achievement.
Board of Education President Dr. Fred L. Haynes, incoming Superintendent Doc Ervin, and Board Member Dr. Ray Gonzales, were in attendance to congratulate the award recipients. Keynote speaker Michael Bowers, District Representative for State Senator Andy Vidak and former Bessie Owens Primary student, shared his story with the students. Award recipient Shamar Oliver, student at Sierra Middle School, talked about how his family and the staff at Sierra have influenced him to improve in school.
The Fred Haynes Education Foundation was established in 1996. The purpose of the Fred Haynes Education Foundation is to promote, encourage and support academic activities for youth in the Bakersfield City School District. The fundamental purpose of the Fred Luther Haynes Award is to promote the educational and high academic achievement, strength, and courage, which are characteristics of Dr. Haynes.
Dr. Haynes is described by many of his peers as a dedicated Educator whose career spanned more than four decades. He worked for the Bakersfield City School District for 30 years as a teacher, principal, and district office administrator. Dr. Haynes pioneered small class sizes in primary grades and implemented numerous learning activities that are currently considered characteristics of effective schools.
Dr. Haynes is the recipient of numerous awards and community accolades for his work in the school and in the community, and is also an author. He dreams of equality and equity and frequently reaffirms his conviction that all students can learn.