October brings many opportunities to recognize the important role schools play in our communities. Special days have been set aside during the month to honor teachers and administrators. October also focuses on creating a safe learning environment for our state’s students. These awareness efforts include safe schools, school bus safety, crosswalk safety and other efforts to reduce bullying and prevent drug use.
America’s Safe Schools Week - During this week in 2017 schools across the country will work to teach students, parents, teachers and administrators how to counteract school violence and create safe learning environments.
National Bullying Prevention Month - The National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) provides toolkits schools and communities can use to target and stop bullying behavior. NBPC has information, materials and ideas for events. Students Against Violence Everywhere, sponsor of America’s Safe Schools Week, also has anti-bullying materials.
National School Bus Safety Week - During this week in 2017 parents, teachers, students and those driving near school buses are encouraged to focus on getting students on and off school buses safely. This year’s theme is #STOP ON RED, a reminder to drivers that they must watch for children when they drive near a school bus and must stop when a school bus puts out its red stop sign.
World Teachers’ Day - A day devoted to appreciating teachers across the world. The day also focuses on the worldwide shortage of teachers and how bright students and interested professionals can be encouraged to become one.
Week of the School Administrator - A week to honor school superintendents, principals and other education administrators for their work in managing schools and their leadership in helping teachers and students meet learning goals.
Crosswalk Safety Awareness Month - This month is an opportunity to teach students how to stay safe as they walk to school. For example, young children need to be taught to walk on sidewalks, to cross only at crosswalks - preferably where there’s a stoplight or an adult school safety monitor - and to never run into the road from between cars or other places drivers can’t see them. Older children need to be taught to avoid distractions while they walk, including MP3 players, phones, gaming devices, and more.
Red Ribbon Week - Is an opportunity to raise awareness of the negative impacts that drug use has on our communities and encourages participation in drug prevention activities at school and home.
On Tuesday, October 24, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration will hold a small business seminar at the Energy Education Center from 8:30am to 12:00pm.
Topics will include how to avoid common sales and use tax problems.
The Energy Education Center is located at 4175 South Laspina Street in Tulare.
It was wonderful meeting with residents at Brookdale Senior Living Facility at the Riverwalk. Many of the residents were from Shafter and are retired educators. I loved hearing their stories and experiences while they educated generations of students.
Rio Tinto Borates is celebrating 145 years of operation in California and 90 years in Boron. To mark the occasion a number of events were held in Boron including a parade.
I had the honor to ride with Isabelle Brassard on a replica of the twenty mule team wagon.
It was the same wagon that was in the Rose Parade.
Thank you to everyone who made this a wonderful event.
I recently toured Grimmway Academy in Shafter. This facility currently serves students in K-4th grades expanding to 8th grade in the near future. I was joined on the tour by Paul Escala (Executive Director of Grimmway Schools), Joanna Kendrick (Principal of Grimmway Academy Shafter), and Kelly Atkinson (Program Administrator for the Edible Schoolyard Programs).
The California Dental Association organized an event that allowed Kern County residents an opportunity to see a dentist and have dental care administered. The event was held at the Bakersfield Fairgrounds. There were over 300 dentists participating plus numerous volunteers. They saw over 2000 patients in just two days.
I joined the Kern Literacy Council for their Read for Success Breakfast.
Established in 1966, the Kern Literacy Council’s mission is to empower individuals to improve the quality of their lives through literacy education.
The speakers for this year’s event were: Barbara Grimm-Marshall and Mary Barlow. Thank you to all of the volunteers and supporters of the Kern Literacy Council for making this such a valuable community asset.
Photo of Inauguration Celebration (Groundbreaking): From Left to right Carlos Baldovinos, Amy Baldovinos, Katy Riebly, Lee Jamieson, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Krystyna Jamieson, Tony Leggio, Ingrid Lake, JP Lake
If we take a moment to look around our community, we see countless individuals who lack basic needs. The need for food, clothing, a bed to sleep… also, the desire of being accepted, feeling safe, finding peace, and knowing love. The Mission at Kern County provides the help needed to those struggling in our community, while providing programs and resources in order to develop independent, healthy and whole community members.
Yet, there is a gap in meeting the needs of women with children who desire to change their lives and receive the tools needed to achieve independence. “Most recovery programs separate the mothers from their children, which is extremely difficult and damaging to the family relationship” says Executive Director Carlos Baldovinos.“In order to provide help to the whole family, a recovery program that offers children the opportunity to stay with their mothers is vital.”
The Mission at Kern County is excited to announce the opening of the Lee & Krystyna Jamieson Foundation Recovery Home for Women and Children in Spring of 2018.
The Women’s and Children’s Recovery Home will provide a safe place to stay for mothers and their children while they are receiving stabilizing and transformative services from The Mission at Kern County.
Our mission is to:
a. Provide a safe living environment to women and their children
b. Stop the cycle of dependency
c. Allow mothers to go through a recovery program while giving them the tools they need to provide for themselves and their families
d. Protect women who are trying to get out of unhealthy environment
The Mission at Kern County would like to continue to expand services such as shelter, meals education, permanent housing, and vocational training. All of our services are tracked and will continue to be accounted for as we help those most vulnerable in Kern County.
The Mission at Kern County is honored to have the task of protecting, sheltering, clothing and feeding up to 300 guests per day. Due to the easy accessibility of drugs & alcohol, and unforeseen life-altering events, we expect our numbers will continue to increase. The Mission will continue to provide hope and a future to those in need, as we have since 1952.
The Mission at Kern County received 96% of its income from individual donors, private foundations, churches and businesses. We do not receive any federal, state or local public funding for our One Year Addiction Recovery Services.
Mobile Office hours are held to facilitate communication between my office and the communities we serve. The following is a list of Mobile Office locations for the month of October. Hope you can find the time to stop by!
Taft Chamber of Commerce
Mojave Air & Spaceport
California City Chamber of Commerce
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Ridgecrest City Hall
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
Monthly mobile office locations will also be posted on the Senate web site. To schedule an appointment with a member of the staff, please call the District Office at (661) 323-0443.