Student Donates Hair to Locks of Love

5th grader Alyssa
Gonzales has a new look! The new look is not because she wanted a
change; rather she was doing an act of kindness. ìI wanted to do
something for another personî said Alyssa. She cut her waist-length
hair to give to an organization that makes wigs for students who have
lost their hair due to illness.

BCSD Donates $42,490 for Katrina Relief

BCSD students wanting to help fellow
students affected by Hurricane Katrina, decided to add to the efforts
of their parents, uncles, grandparents, and neighbors. So, they
organized their own fundraisers throughout the District and donated
$42,490 to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Operation School
Bell.

All around the district,
students organized, set goals, and collected donations in different
ways. One school teamed up with local retailer, Guarantee Shoe
Center, who was matching up to $1,000 of funds collected for Katrina
relief. The students at that school started collecting pennies, dimes,
nickels, and quarters in hopes of reaching the $1,000 maximum.
One student actually brought in all of her allowance in order to help
another less fortunate student. Others did extra chores around
the house to get that extra cash, and some looked under their couches
to give a helping hand. At the end of the drive, the school was proud
to see that they had actually exceeded their goal of $1,000.

In another school, students made bracelets from scratch that they sold
for a donation. Students not only bought the bracelets, but they
donated their time to make sure they had enough bracelets to meet their
schoolís goal of helping the families in need.

We are very proud of our students for giving a helping hand to their
neighbors in need. They truly went above and beyond the call of duty,
while still keeping up with their homework. Great job BCSD students!

Pennies for Patients

April 2005 was a busy month for the Horace Mann Mustangs.
They participated in the ìPennies for Patientsî program that is
sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students raised a
little over $1,300, with 2 classes raising over $150.00 each.

Students not only donated but also had other sponsors help out. Thank you, Mustangs!

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.