Crafton Hills College alum rows for Team USA during the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

Crafton Hills College (CHC) alum Laura Goodkind crossed the finish line for Team USA on the world stage in Tokyo during the 2020 Paralympic Games. It was the second appearance (Goodkind’s first was 2016) at the Paralympics for the rower and 2009 CHC graduate. During both the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Goodkind competed in the mixed double sculls event and placed tenth in their event for both Games.Goodkind began college at CHC and initially pursued psychology. The CHC alum eventually switched over to the College’s renowned EMT program, becoming certified as a level-1 EMT. Some of Goodkind’s fondest memories of CHC were in the program, calling them the “best instructors ever.” “I have some amazing memories with the EMS Department and was able to become a Skills Instructor for a bit after completing the course,” Goodkind said. “While a student and instructor, my favorite days were Over the Hill, when we set up as true-to-life as possible scenarios that our future (EMT) students would run into when working. Whether I was a student figuring out how to solve the situation or organizing the…

RUSD opens public input as school redistricting election map moves forward

The Rialto Unified School District will soon have a new system for electing school board members and welcomes public input to inform the process. The RUSD is moving from what is known as at-large elections to by-trustee area elections, beginning with the next school board member election in November 2022. The District will be working to create a map of by-trustee voting areas over the next several months.  The process is governed by the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), which took effect in January 2003. The CVRA prohibits the use of at-large elections when such an election system: “impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election.” The goal of the CVRA is to ensure minorities and other members of protected classes can elect candidates of their choice or influence the outcome of elections. To achieve this goal, the CVRA favors by-trustee area elections, which is where only voters residing within each trustee area will elect a trustee who also must reside within the trustee area. Currently, under the at-large election…

Colton Joint Unified School District elevates home study space with desk giveaway

While students across the nation are still struggling with having a proper place to study at home, Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) hosted a successful desk giveaway on Saturday, October 2. The district made the process very simple for families picking up a desk or desks, as they were only required to sign a liability form in the first-come, first-served giveaway, held at elementary schools in the district like Crestmore, Grand Terrace, Grant, Grimes, Terrace View, and Wilson. Terrace View Elementary School second-grader AmberRose Villegas picking up a desk to help with her at-home studies. “Our district recently purchased a number of new desks for our schools and it left us with a huge surplus of desks so we wanted to give the community an opportunity to use them. The double desks that we are giving away are due to COVID compliance guidelines, so we replaced the old ones with new single person desks,” said Katie Orloff, CJUSD Communications Director. At the giveaway, parents were seen happily and gratefully loading the desks into the flatbed of their trucks and into the trunks of their…

San Bernardino City Unified Class of 2021 earns over $11 million in scholarships

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students in the Class of 2021 spent their entire senior year in distance learning, having to overcome difficulties such as distractions at home, slow internet, and a host of other issues. But despite all of that, the SBCUSD Class of 2021 walked away with $11,031,077 in scholarships and grants, and many of them have already started college. A total of 209 Cajon High School seniors earned $3,713,914 in scholarships and grants, which includes $1.5 million in military scholarships and enlistment bonuses. Arroyo Valley High School seniors also showed their academic chops with 385 graduates, or 73 percent of their graduating class, earning $3,266,600 in scholarships, including a four-year military scholarship. “San Bernardino City Unified graduates have a distinct advantage over many other area graduates when it comes to earning scholarships,” said Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer Ginger Ontiveros. “In addition to competing against seniors of area private and charter schools for the many scholarships available to graduates across the state and nation, SBCUSD graduates are eligible for hundreds of scholarships just for seniors in our District.” At…