Cops urge safety in school zones
The Fresno Police Department is starting up its operation No Recess for Safety as schools head back into session.
Traffic officers are monitoring assigned school zones, attempting to ensure the safe passage of children to and from school, Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Fresno Unified schools will open Monday and enforcement will be in place at all elementary, middle and high schools, Dyer said. Beginning Aug. 22, officers will begin monitoring all Clovis Unified schools in Fresno city limits.
Dyer wants to remind Fresno area drivers that school zones are 25 mph while children are present, and encourages everyone to keep an extra eye out for crossing guards and children walking to and from school.
3 Fresno State students receive scholarships
The 2016 Hugh Goodwin Bar Scholarship to the San Joaquin College of Law was awarded to Shannon Wentworth. She is interested in serving her tribe, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and helping the community’s health.
Two other Fresno State students were awarded scholarships from the Educational Employees Credit Union. Gennean Bolen is the winner of the $9,000 award for incoming students at San Joaquin College of Law. Bolen already has a doctorate degree in educational management.
EECU also provided a $4,500 scholarship for a second-year student at San Joaquin College of Law, Kuljit Singh. Singh just completed his internship with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office but hopes to do another internship in business law before he graduates.
Free meals for all FUSD students
The Fresno Unified School District is continuing to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students – regardless of income levels.
The program is part of the Community Eligibility Provision, which was enacted in 2014, and is an option available to schools under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The provision allows high-poverty schools to expand access to free school meals while reducing paperwork and streamlining meal service operation.
Slav group awards scholarships
Stefanie Pandol was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to attend Utah State University, where she will study agricultural business. Carly Reghr was awarded a $1,500 scholarship to attend Clovis Community College, where she will study English and political science.
The presentation of scholarship awards was made during the annual Summer Picnic Festival at St. Peters Serbian Church Hall.
Fresno State helps preserve Native American languages
Several Fresno State faculty and students are helping to preserve Native American languages.
Faculty and students worked with the national organization The Language Conservatory from June 8 to July 30 in the documentation and revitalization of the Crow and Hidatsa languages. Many tribes are in danger of losing their native languages forever.
Fresno State said this was the first time that a number of students have accompanied the faculty members for indigenous language fieldwork.
New school planned in Madera
Construction of a new elementary school for Madera Unified is scheduled to break ground during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday at the site of the future campus.
The $32 million Virginia Lee Rose Elementary School will be located near the intersection of Road 28 and Sunrise Avenue in Madera, at 351 Lilly St.
The school is expected to take in up to 850 students. Construction is paid for by Measure U funds.