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Young Men Excel In Local Oratorical Contest

On Sunday, May 28th, SHAD Club #62 presented its ninth Annual Oratorical/Essay Contest at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino, CA. The contest is held each year and allows young men in our area to showcase their talents in research, writing and oral presentation. Contestants have to write and deliver an essay on the theme chosen by SHAD Club #62. Each year the club’s theme tries to stress the importance of education to our young men. The contest is open to all young men in our area between the ages of 14 – 18 and attending a school in our area. This year’s theme was “The Best Preparation for Tomorrow us What You Do Today”. The contestants this year were Mr. Moses Carter, Mr. Jaylen Cornish and Mr. Elijah Hall. The young men competed for a top prize of $500.00.

During the rehearsals, contestants are trained on tips for effective public speaking. Contestants are taught voice diction, clarity and the use of words and phrases to emphasize their critical points.

Anthony Bell the President of SHAD Club #62 stated that “given the crime and unemployment rates in our area, it is essential that we provide platforms for our young men to development their minds.” The SHAD CLUB motto is “to be positive role models to young men in our area.” SHAD Club sponsors this contest and provide other platforms to motivate and encourage young men to exceed.

The winner of this year’s contest was Mr. Moses Carter. Moses is a student at Kaiser High School and is a gifted violin player. 2nd Place went to Mr. Jaylen Cornish, and 3rd place went to Mr. Elijah Hall. All three young men at active in their church and planning to further their education once they graduate from high school.


Read Books Earn Prizes

We will have crafts every other Wednesday, begining June 21 @ 3:00 P.M. Fun Activities for all ages.

Storytime for all ages every Thursday June 15 - July 25 @ 11:15 A.M.

Liver performances Tuesday June 13 - July 25 @ 11:00 A.M.

Wildlife Wendy’s Tropical Birds Tuesday, June 13, 11:00 a.m. Carnegie Library

Building Program-Lego Tuesday, June 20, 11:00 a.m. Carnegie Library

Buster Balloon Tuesday, June 27, 11:00 a.m. Library Patio

Christopher T. Magician Tuesday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. Carnegie Library

Noteworthy Puppets Tuesday, July 18 11:00 a.m. Carnegie Library

Joseph Peck – Steelpan Percussionist Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 a.m. Carnegie Library


Inland Empire Economic Partnership Awards $23,000 Cash For College Scholarships To Local High School Seniors

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s Cash for College Program today announced $23,000 in scholarship funding to 23 area college-bound students for participating in the 2016-17 Cash for College Financial Aid Completion Workshops. Each student received a $1,000 scholarships award, provided by several local corporations or company foundations.

“Along with our members, it gives us great pleasure to support the future leaders of the Inland Empire through college scholarships,” said Paul Granillo, IEEP President. “Having major donors like Cardenas, Gerdau, Wells Fargo and the Southern California Gas Company behind the IE’s Cash for College Program allows us to make a significant positive impact for years to come on the lives of our youth.”

Scholarship funding is supported by Cash For College Program donations by the Cardenas Foundation, Gerdau, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Wells Fargo and Loma Linda University.

The Cash for College Program helps students achieve their college aspirations through a three step process that informs, assists and rewards students and families throughout the region. This past financial aid season, 2,300 students participated in the Cash for College financial aid workshops and submitted their FAFSA applications. Since 2016, IEEP has helped more than 6,000 students and their families prepare for college and apply for financial aid.

In 2015, IEEP was designated by the California Student Aid Commission as the Inland Empire Regional Coordinating Organization (RCO) to provide Financial Aid Completion Workshops assistance to students and their families. During the workshops participants receive individualized assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the California Dream Act application, and other financial aid forms.

The 23 winners represent 19 schools in 16 districts of the Inland Empire. Congratulations to the following Cash for College Scholarship schools:

Chaffey High School District: Chaffey Joint Unified; Kaiser High School District: Fontana Unified; Serrano High School District: Snowline Unified; Hillcrest High School District: Alvord Unified (Riverside); Yucca Valley High School District: Morongo Unified; Rancho Verde High School District: Val Verde Unified; Cathedral City High School District: Palm Springs Unified; Patriot High School District: Jurupa Unified; Rubidoux High School District: Jurupa Unified; Kennedy Middle College District: Corona-Norco Unified; Canyon Springs High School District: Moreno Valley Unified; Moreno Valley High School District: Moreno Valley Unified; Vista Del Lago High School District: Moreno Valley Unified; Amistad High School District: Desert Sands Unified; Educational Options Center – Riverside District: Riverside Unified; Twentynine Palms High School District: Morongo Unified; Beaumont High School District: Beaumont Unified; Bloomington High School District: Colton Joint Unified; and Sierra High School District: San Bernardino City Unified.

For more information about the IEEP Cash for College Program, please contact Cash for College Coordinator John Orta at 909-944-2201. Visit @ie_Cash4College.


San Bernardino City Unified School District 2017 High School Graduation Information

San Bernardino City Unified School District

2017 High School Graduation Information

Anderson School

Graduation: Wednesday, May 31, 9:30 a.m., Anderson School MU Room

Graduates: 11^

Arroyo Valley High School

Graduation: Friday, June 2, 6 p.m., Cal State San Bernardino, Coussoulis Arena

Graduates: 525*

Valedictorian: Kalaya E. Hill

Salutatorian: Jesus A. Carreon

Cajon High School

Graduation: Thursday, June 1, 6 p.m., Cajon High School

Graduates: 614*

Valedictorians: Diana Alvizu, Sarah Bi, Justine Chau, Robert Corona, Hope-Marie Hernandez, Korbin Hernandez, Oscar Hernandez Tejada, Khalid Saoud, Lynette Rodriguez, Ixchel Sanchez, Young Son, and Samuel Ward

Salutatorians: Zinnia Ramirez, Stephanie Silalahi, and Ervie Tubig

Indian Springs High School

Senior Crossing: TBA

Graduation: Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m., Cal State San Bernardino, Coussoulis Arena

Graduates: 325*

Valedictorians: Victor Espinoza Serrano and Sandra Soto Diaz

Salutatorian: Elsie Lugo

Inland Career Education Center (formerly San Bernardino Adult School)

Graduation: Thursday, May 25, 6 p.m., California Theater, 562 W. 4th Street

Graduates: 200* (includes high school diploma and GED certificate graduates)

Middle College High School

Senior Crossing: Monday, May 22, 6 p.m., San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium

Graduation: Wednesday, May 24, 6 p.m., San Bernardino Valley College Greek Theatre

Graduates: 79* (includes 29 students who will also earn an A.A. degree)

Valedictorians: Jasmine Ceballos, Stephanie Rodarte, Andrew Montana, and Omar Hernandez

Salutatorians: Andy Nguyen, Sonia Rocha, and Bertha Zazueta

Pacific High School

Graduation: Saturday, June 3, 1 p.m., Cal State San Bernardino, Coussoulis Arena

Graduates: 304*

Valedictorian: Erika Fisher

Salutatorian: Connie Rodriguez-Flores

San Andreas High School

Graduation: Tuesday, May 30, 6 p.m., Indian Springs High School football field

Graduates: 300* (includes Destination Diploma graduates)

San Bernardino High School

Graduation: Saturday, June 3, 6 p.m., Cal State San Bernardino, Coussoulis Arena

Graduates: 320*

Valedictorian: Kevin Hermosillo Padilla

Salutatorians: Alexis Juarez, Julaina Juarez, Maureen McAndrew, and Carolin Zavalza

San Gorgonio High School

Senior Celebration: Tuesday, April 25, 6 p.m., San Gorgonio’s gymnasium

Graduation: Thursday, June 1, 6 p.m., San Gorgonio’s Phil Haley Stadium

Graduates: 525*

Valedictorians: Giovanni Lozano, Amy Luu, and Ann Ly

Salutatorian: Kansa Karma

Sierra High School

Graduation: Wednesday, May 31, 6 p.m., California Theater, 562 W. 4th Street

Graduates: 220*

Approximately 3,412 San Bernardino City Unified School District students will receive their high school diplomas or GED certification this year. This does not include those graduating from vocational programs.

^Note: Anderson serves students ages 12 to 22 with a variety of physical and intellectual challenges. Not all graduates earn a high school diploma.

*Note: Graduate counts are approximate at this time. In some instances, exact counts are not available until just prior to graduation.


UCR Symposium to Focus on Water Scarcity

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The University of California, Riverside will host the symposium “Turbulent Futures: Water and Climate Change in Times of Crisis” on Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12 on the UCR campus.

The conference is organized by UCR’s IGERT Ph.D. training program, WaterSENSE: Social, Engineering and Natural Science Engagement, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The symposium will offer an interdisciplinary look at the past, present and future of water in changing times, and will bring together researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, non-profits, and government to address modern environmental, social, and political water crises.

Please register to attend or present a poster at this free event. Media are invited and should RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The keynote speaker will be Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University’s Water in the West program, and Senior Research Associate at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Panel discussion topics will include water management, response to climate change, and water in an international context.

UCR’s NSF-IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. training program that focuses on preparing the next generation of water researchers and leaders in the social and natural sciences and engineering. The principal investigators on this grant are professors Mary Gauvain, Department of Psychology; Peter Atkinson, Department of Genetics; Anil Deolalikar, School of Public Policy; Sharon Walker, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering; and Marylynn Yates, Environmental Microbiology.

For more information about the speakers and agenda, visit

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Metallic Balloon Outages Remain a Towering Problem

Bojan Plavsic has removed kites, animals and even a drone from overhead power lines.

But the Southern California Edison troubleman says nothing comes close to the metallic balloons he removes from power lines, calling the ratio “20 or 30 to one.”

Unfortunately, it is supported by the soaring number of metallic-balloon-caused outages. SCE, while not on the record pace of the last two years, is not far off, having experienced 280 of the outages through April compared to 295 at the same point last year.

Not surprisingly, Plavsic finds the problem most prevalent around major holidays and celebrations like this month’s Mother’s Day, graduations and proms. He and safety experts offer a simple solution to an issue that led to back-to-back years of 924 balloon outages for SCE in 2015 and 942 last year.

SCE has launched an extensive “Stay Aware. Stay Safe.” ad campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of released metallic balloons.

“The safest metallic balloon is one that is kept indoors or tied down by a weight or something else sturdy outdoors,” said Andrew Martinez, SCE vice president of Safety, Security & Business Resiliency. “Stores and vendors should only sell properly weighted balloons, and buyers should never remove that weight or release balloons outdoors.”

Plavsic, a 12-year SCE employee who started as a lineman, echoes Martinez, saying, “Keep them tied down. They’re not made to let fly away, especially because of the metal and electricity. Nothing good can come out of it.”

He speaks from experience, once witnessing a balloon explode above a fellow troubleman’s head as he approached to remove it from power lines in Redondo Beach. The troubleman was not injured, but such balloon explosions can bring down power lines — something that happened 111 times last year in SCE territory — and potentially lead to serious injuries and property damage.

Because of the public safety threat, hundreds of easily avoidable power outages and typical spike in those outages in May and June, SCE strongly supports AB 1091 in the state Assembly. It would tighten the existing California law by completely banning outdoor releases of metallic balloons. The current law requires that balloons must be tied to a weight and partially bans outdoor releases.

It is also why SCE has launched a territory-wide campaign to educate its customers about the dangers of released metallic balloons by encouraging them to “Stay Aware. Stay Safe.”

The problem comes in all shapes and sizes for Plavsic, who once removed a graduation balloon as tall as himself from a power line.

Metallic Balloon Safety 2017

Balloons tangled in SCE’s equipment caused an all-time high 942 power outages last year, meaning SCE experienced an average of 2.5 balloon outages per day.

“It was right next to a high school,” said the 5-foot-11 Plavsic. “Six feet tall and a big golden balloon with a letter P, and I think, L. It was a challenge to take down with a 40-foot stick.”

The balloons also are a challenge to keeping the lights on, costing SCE customers 2,502 total hours of lost power last year, and just last week leaving more than 12,000 customers in the dark in San Bernardino. Full restoration took 13 hours. Meanwhile, one of Plavsic’s recent jobs involved a metallic balloon that affected 3,835 customers in Manhattan Beach. The balloon took out an entire circuit and blew a main line wire while tangled above a transformer. Power was not fully restored for four hours.

Though, fortunately, there were no downed lines.

“Most of the time we don’t find [the balloons], just what’s left of them,” said Plavsic. “Such a small thing made for fun that can cause a lot of damage. It can go from zero to a hundred with them. It can just be a blown main line wire or multiple wires down.”

Safety Tips

Metallic balloons should always be tied to a weight.

Stores and vendors should only sell properly weighted balloons

Balloon owners should never remove the weight

Balloons should never be released outdoors

Do not try to retrieve balloons tangled in power lines

When disposing of balloons, puncture them before throwing them away


Community brought together to support young medical professionals in the Inland Empire

CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA (APRIL 29, 2017) More than 350 middle school students came together at Chino Hills High School on Saturday April 29th to compete in the first-ever JUMP Showdown. These JUMP (Junior Upcoming Medical Professionals) students from 12 schools have been preparing all year to compete against each other in health-inspired challenges.

School cheers echoed and school banners waved as the Inland Health Professions Coalition quizzed students all day on medical terminology, athletic taping prowess, medical drawing expertise, medical trivia, and more.

"The JUMP Spring Showdown aims to integrate competition with skill-building that will be beneficial to these students in their futures."- said Celina Su, Project Support Specialist, Inland Health Professions Coalition.

Although the Inland Health Professions Coalition created the JUMP Showdown to be competitive in nature, it brought together 350 students with a passion for the medical field.

"It was fun to see them all getting along and enjoying the competition. They jumped right in to see what they were capable of." said Dr. Ferraro, Assistant Principal of Auburndale Intermediate School.

Parents, teachers, and community members were amazed at the level of knowledge and passion these young health pathway superstars had for the health field.

"It was more intense than I've ever seen. It was my first time seeing a HOSA Bowl Competition, so it was exciting. Very fun to watch!" said Mr. Palomino, Badger Springs Middle School.

The overall winner of the JUMP Showdown was River Heights Intermediate School, but all of the students left feeling pride for themselves and hope for their futures as medical professionals.

It would have been impossible to host an event this size without the generous support from Patricia Chan at Live Well Therapy, Target, volunteers from the Chino High School Health Science Academy, families, friends, and local businesses from the Inland Empire.

To learn more about the Inland Health Professions Coalition and the work we do to build the workforce in the Inland Region, visit or follow us on Facebook

About the Inland Health Professions Coalition

The Inland Health Professions Coalition is a part of Reach Out, a non-profit organization serving the San Bernardino and Riverside communities for the last 50 years. The Inland Health Professions Coalition supports the efforts of school districts, community colleges, and universities in promoting health professions. We help fill a need for health professionals in the Inland Empire by helping students identify health-related careers and by providing work-based learning experiences.


Are You Listening?

On Tuesday April 25, 2017, PAL Charter Academy students participated in a Youth and Law Enforcement Listening Session held at the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino. Hosted by Young Visionaries, the event provided excellent dialog about relations between law enforcement and the community. Students voiced their concerns and gave personal accounts of their experiences with the law: good and bad. The mediator inquired how relations can be improved and one student replied “I’ll never trust the police.” The listening session allowed for real discussion on real issues, and helped change perceptions. We can improve relations by opening this type of dialog with the community and law enforcement. This event and the Live 2 Learn community forums are part of a national push in improving these efforts and utilizing the information gathered to create change.


PAL Students Learn 2 Live

On Friday, April 21st, the PAL Center and PAL Charter Academy hosted the second Live 2 Learn Community Forum of this school year. The purpose of the forum was to proactively improve communications between the local community and law enforcement.

Chief Joseph Paulino of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department has spearheaded this event in response to the negative connotations associated with law enforcement in current media. The vision of the community forum is to increase positive awareness and engagement between law enforcement and community. In many cases, reluctantly, the crowd gathered unsure of what to expect and defensive due to personal bias. Officer Ryan Tillman of the Chino Hills Police Department put spectators at ease and began to shift perspective as he shared his own personal testimony prior to joining the department. The officers who shared at this event empathized with community concerns as they began to illustrate their daily responsibilities through conversation and role-play.

Allowing students to role play with fake weapons and real life scenarios was an eye-opening experience. Student participants shared the following thoughts: “Police wouldn’t pick on you for no reason; there’s probable cause for everything they do and I saw that in action.” Alfredo Perez, PAL Sophomore. “I think there are good and bad officers but I’ve only experienced bad ones before today. This was educational and informative. I appreciate good officers taking the time to share their stories and experience with us.” Jeremiah Cook, PAL Junior

Many of the myths to law enforcement were addressed by officers who are engaged in the trenches of this work daily. The question was asked, “How important is it for kids to grow up and become police officers in their neighborhoods?” The response was simple and echoed by the entire panel of officers, “There is no better option than for an officer to return and serve in the neighborhood they knew as home.”

Mr. Radden, CEO of PAL Center and Academy, reminded the audience, "Community builds community, not police. The police are there to helps us maintain law and order in the communities we build. If we want change in our community we must have knowledge and understanding about the things we need to change. This event was a great platform for students and community to get firsthand knowledge from officers, to aid in our efforts to make change in our communities and lives.”

PAL Charter Academy is providing solutions for student success by supporting students through an individualized approach to learning. PAL is currently enrolling for 2017 summer and fall sessions as well as PCA Middle School, 6th – 8th grade scheduled to open fall 2017. For more information visit the website at or call 909-887-7002.


PAL Center Hosts First Annual Community Cookout

The PAL Center hosted its first annual Community Cookout on Saturday, March 18th. It was a beautiful day of fellowship among good people, good music, and some great down home cooking. The invitation was extended to community members, students, and staff who assist weekly in the Food Distribution Program. There were 70 to 80 people who brought family and friends, in addition to students who participated earning community service hours and work experience. The event is our effort to say "Thank You" to the great people who contribute to building a better community. We believe in working collaboratively with organizations such as the Community Action Partnership, San Bernardino Valley College, and Westside Kinship Support Services who help make our work a success. To date the PAL Center has assisted 40 to 60 families on average, with boxes of food, and 15 to 20 students, parents, and citizen volunteers with community service opportunities every week. The PAL Center represents the family atmosphere of a village investing in the best interest of the people it serves through education, employment training, and outreach. This is a great way we can make a positive impact on everyone involved. "It's a win-win" says CEO Dwaine Radden, Sr. We recognize there is a large homeless population in this area, and poverty and hunger are two issues we can actually do something about. The PAL Center is proud to address these issues especially when it involves our youth and breaking down those obstacles that would hinder them from getting their education. If you would like more information about what we do, visit:

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