Baldwin Park High School valedictorian Camella Audrey Tieu encouraged her graduating classmates to be open to every opportunity and to not fear feeling lost because together they can reach their paths to happiness during the Class of 2018’s commencement ceremony on May 31. The event honored 400 graduating seniors who accepted long-anticipated diplomas in front of families, friends and educators. Salutatorian Melissa Lepe highlighted the ups and downs of high school and challenged her peers to push their boundaries of success. Lepe earned a 4.52 GPA and will attend UC Irvine to study aerospace engineering. Of the 400 graduates, 110 were accepted to one or more four-year universities, including USC, UCLA, Pepperdine and the University of La Verne. Students will also attend community colleges, trade and technical schools and enlist in the U.S. armed forces.
Students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Charles Bursch Elementary School sifted through hundreds of backpacks to find the perfect one on Aug. 13 during Kaiser Permanente’s ninth annual Backpack and School Supply Donation Campaign. Kaiser Permanente’s Baldwin Park Medical Center provided select students at Bursch Elementary, Holland Middle School and Baldwin Park High School with more than 375 backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies.
Baldwin Park Unified School District welcomed more than 13,000 students for the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 16, launching with an expanded Dual Immersion program, increased science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEM) opportunities and new leadership at three schools.
Disney Channel and ABC Family stars delighted students on Aug. 20 at Baldwin Park Unified’s Tracy Elementary with more than 700 backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit Baby2Baby. Baby2Baby provided a backpack to every student and transitional kindergarteners, kindergarteners and first-graders participated in a dance warmup. Baby2Baby provides basic essentials for newborns and children up to 12.