Agency names superintendent ‘one to watch’
Dr. Ben Churchill, superintendent of the Carlsbad Unified School District, was recently named a “2021 Superintendent to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association. Churchill joins just 18 other superintendents nationwide who were selected in recognition of their innovative and effective use of technology to engage and inform the school community. Churchill has championed the use of communications tools to share positive stories with families, staff and the community. He believes that social media is an indispensable tool to share the good news about public education. Under his leadership, with the district’s senior leadership team and other key leaders, the district has recently implemented updated technology tools for two-way communication between parents and school, including the district-wide use of the communication platform Parent Square. Since the 2015-16 school year, NSPRA has recognized 102 school district leaders as Superintendents to Watch. Honorees must have fewer than five years of experience as superintendents and must demonstrate dynamic leadership with strong communication at its core.
Solana Center seeks volunteers
The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is looking for volunteer “waste warriors” to help teach future generations about food waste and wasted food. The center needs some helpers to show children about waste awareness and proper lunch waste sorting at elementary schools in Bonsall and Poway. There will be two opportunities from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. over three days during the latter half of January. Those willing to join this educational eco-mentoring effort are asked to email [email protected] to be put on the available recruits list. Volunteers will be required to show proof of vaccination (or a negative PCR test within the last seven days) to participate in these events. Call (760) 436-7986, ext. 700.
Free COVID-19 vaccine clinics offered
The San Marcos Unified School District hosts a COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 in the multipurpose room at San Marcos Elementary School, 1 Tiger Way. Walk-ins are welcome. Vaccines are for those ages 5 and older; sponsored by the County of San Diego and Universidad Popular. To reduce wait times, make an appointment in advance at myturn.ca.gov. Also, the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos and TrueCare host weekly vaccination clinics for ages 5-18 with the Pfizer vaccine. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday at 1 Positive Place. Parent/guardian must be present. First come, first served, while supplies last. Walk-ins are welcome. To avoid wait times, schedule an appointment by calling (760) 736-6777.
Carrillo Elementary salutes Marines
Camp Pendleton Marines recently were honored by the students at Carrillo Elementary School. The celebration took place at the school campus in Carlsbad. For the last 20 years, Carrillo Elementary has conducted a canned food and diaper drive for young Marines and their families. This year, the Assault Amphibian School at Camp Pendleton attended the flag salute in their honor, picked up the Daftar Slot Gacor donations from students, and enjoyed breakfast. The flag salute ceremony included the Marines marching in as their color guard advanced for the Pledge of Allegiance. The Carrillo Singers Choir performed a special concert to honor the Marines and all other past and present armed service members in the community. The children also got to explore the military vehicles.
Palomar Foundation raises record amount
The Palomar College Foundation recently raised more than $78,500, the highest amount ever on a “Giving Tuesday” for the nonprofit foundation, which provides support to Palomar College students throughout the year. Hundreds of community donations were matched in late November by two supporters — a local family foundation and a private donor who has been a long-time foundation supporter. Donations ranged from $10 to $25,000 and will go entirely toward the foundation’s core programs: scholarships, textbook assistance and emergency grants, said Stacy Rungaitis, executive director of the foundation, in a statement. “When a student receives support from the Foundation, a lot of times it makes the difference between them staying in school or not,” she added. Visit www.palomar.edu/foundation.
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