October 8, 2016 – The Migrant Education program at Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) works hard to create unique opportunities for students to expand their minds and experiences. Recently, 35 Fourth Grade Migrant Students gathered at Bakersfield’s Amtrak station to embark on a special journey to our State’s Capitol. For several weeks, each student was part of an after school program that focused on leadership, citizenship, California history and the California legal system. This trip allowed them to experience what they had learned during those after-school sessions.
The students’ parents were invited to join, and BCSD teachers Hector Martinez (Curran), Silvia Olmos (College Heights) were along for the trip, as well as Migrant Community Relations Liaison, Ismael Guzman Briseno. The group enjoyed an educational and fun-filled day that included trips to the State Capitol Building, Capitol Museum, California Railway Museum, American and Sacramento Rivers and Old Town Sacramento.
Another traveling opportunity was presented soon after when several students were invited to Crystal City, VA to attend the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) Award Ceremony. The students received awards in recognition of their artwork and essay submissions. Each year the AFOP recognizes children from migrant and farmworker families who submit essays and artistic projects that give voice to the struggles and challenges often faced by individuals working in the industry.
Four BCSD students were present and received awards for their outstanding work. Congratulations to Lizbeth Caballero, Jose E. Macario, Norman Gonzalez Carmona and Selina Naranjo for your hard work and creativity.