Baldwin Park Unified continues to ensure every child has access to healthy, nutritious meals – despite school closures prompted by the COVID-19 virus – through its curbside meal distribution plan. To date, the District has served nearly 131,000 meals since March 16, when the District enacted school closures on the recommendation of county and state officials.
Ten Baldwin Park Unified Class of 2020 seniors gave shouts of joy and even shed a few tears as a District caravan of well-wishers, equipped with balloons and flowers, traveled through the city on May 15 to personally deliver the news that the students had received scholarships totaling $11,000. District leaders – including Superintendent Dr. Froilan N. Mendoza, Board of Education and Cabinet members, administrators and community leaders – wore masks and practiced social distancing as they surprised students at their homes, placing the decorations and a certificate on the lawns and porches of recipients.
Two Baldwin Park Unified student chefs are a step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming culinary artists or restaurant entrepreneurs after receiving Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) scholarships totaling nearly $40,000. Baldwin Park High senior Simon Luong won a full-tuition scholarship to the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Pasadena worth more than $30,000, while Sierra Vista High senior Angela Chandara received three cash scholarships totaling $4,000 to go toward the post-secondary culinary program of her choice.
Baldwin Park High School teachers, staff and administrators will celebrate students for their display of resiliency, patience and commitment to their education during the transition to remote learning. While students and educators are connecting online, everyone eagerly awaits a return to campus – making an uplifting drive-through parade an important way to connect and reunite through safe means. Baldwin Park High’s caravan will give special recognition to the 394 seniors in the Class of 2020 who are concluding their time at BPUSD and preparing for the next chapter of their educational journey and future careers.