Hunger doesn't take a vacation, and neither do we. That's why, even during the summer months, children aged 2-18 can eat lunch for free at our Summer F.E.E.D.S. locations. The lunches are available almost every Monday-Friday during the summer (no lunches will be served on the July 4 holiday). The program continues from now through August 25. Click the headline above to access a link to more information, including a schedule of where/when lunches are served.
For the third time in RUSD history, one of our students has taken FIRST PLACE at the National History Day contest, held in Maryland. We just learned that Rachel Priebe from Earhart Middle School took first place in the Junior Individual Documentary Category. Way to go, Rachel!!! Click on the headline above for more details!
Arlington High School Choir Director Tim Lutz will retire this year after 40 years in education, but his students – from past and present – didn’t let him go without a proper send-off. Click the headline above to read more!
Friday, June 7, was an exciting day for Victoria Elementary school 5th and 6th graders as they went on a quest for hidden treasure…and found it behind the baseball backstop on the playground. Click here to read more…
Students at Madison Elementary School participated in a Youth Tribute project that was part of the city's Cesar Chavez Vive Memorial Week Festivities that will culminate tomorrow with the unveiling of the Cesar Chavez statue in downtown Riverside -- on the Main Street Downtown Pedestrial Mall between University and Main. The unveiling takes place at 10AM. Click the headline above to read a newspaper story about our students' contributions to this historical event and to download a flyer about the Memorial Week festivities.
Jackson Elementary students collected change all year as part of a “Change for Change” program inspired by a story about how a women’s life was changed when she became blind. The change students from Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Straitt and Ms. Ruley’s classes collected was then donated to the Guide Dogs of the Desert organization. Then, this spring, student ambassadors Gabriela Rodriguez, Shailey Vargas, and Alyson Nunez presented a check for $120 – the amount of change the students collected -- to representatives of the organization who visited Jackson. With them were guide dogs Kiko, Skipper and Tyler. The project helped to create a real-world connection to the story these students read.
Sunshine Early Childhood Center recently rededicated its library, which now showcases the work of artist Daniel Cannarozzi. Mr. Cannarozzi was Sunshine's Volunteer of the Year. Thanks to his hard work, children at Sunshine now can do their reading with mermaids, dolphins, and a lobster talking on a "shell phone." The dedication ceremony took place on May 31. Board of Education members Dr. Chuck Beaty and Kathy Allavie and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey stopped by for the ceremony.
On May 24, 7th grade University Heights Middle School students spent time with an unusual teacher -- Queen Elizabeth! With the help of Ms. Giselle O’Reilly, a history teacher at Uni, the Renaissance Faire has become an annual event where students have the opportunity to step back in time and visit historical personalities like Queen Elizabeth and her royal court. During their visit, students listen as Queen Elizabeth talks about the political problems associated with the Reformation and watch as she tries to educate her subjects on the impact of the Black Death and the life of the nobility. Students also have the opportunity to participate in traditional games, dances, and even watch a sword fight! The annual Renaissance Faire is truly bringing history alive for Uni students!