August 22, 2017 – Over 240 BCSD migrant students and their families were treated to lunch and received free backpacks and school supplies at Eagles Hall on Sunday, August 13th as part of the Bakersfield Chapter of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles effort to work with the community to help the future of tomorrow. In collaboration with the Bakersfield Police Department and Mayor Karen Goh’s office, students and their families were treated to motivational talks by Mayor Goh, Police Officers, and local Eagle Risto Rubio who all impressed upon students the importance of doing well in school, working hard, and being good citizens in addition to the backpacks and school supplies.
Evangelina Sanchez Cervantes, BCSD Student Support Services Assistant who helped with the event said, “The event was a nice ceremony just for the families and it was an awesome way for our parents and students to feel cared about by our local community, but especially the police department and Mayor Karen Goh. The backpacks are more than school supplies, they are daily reminders that the community is counting on these kids to work hard and to just be awesome!”
Director of Migrant Education Region 21, Janie Flores, remarked on how fortunate our students were to be chosen to be honored in such a meaningful way by our community partners. “This is the first year we have been invited to participate with this event and many of our students usually start the year ill-equipped. These community agencies made sure these students are ready to go on the first day of school. They didn’t just give backpacks for the first day, they gave them a chance to wear big smiles and hold their heads up high! We extend heartfelt thanks to Risto Rubio for organizing the event and to all those involved who helped make the day happen!”