A group of seniors enrolled in Pomona Unified’s Village Academy Information Technology program are filming a documentary that captures the creative process and technical production of Cal Poly’s Rose Float, which will debut in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade on Friday, Jan. 1. Under the mentorship and guidance of Emmy Award-winning television producer Joetta Di Bella, students are gaining hands-on experience in videography, editing, writing, sound and interview skills, and are following all aspects of pre-production, building and completion of the float, themed “Sweet Shenanigans.” Rallying behind the group have been Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo representatives, Tournament of Roses officials and television pros who have covered the parade during annual broadcasts. The final film will debut at the District’s annual “PINDIE” Pomona Independent Student Film Festival in 2016.
Pomona Unified Partners in Learning Foundation (PUPIL) is partnering with Cardenas Markets, which donated $25,000 on March 17, to strengthen Pomona Unified School District programs established to spark learning. Representatives from Cardenas Markets, which operates three stores in Pomona, presented the check to PUPIL with the goal of inspiring students to reach for their dreams, as owner Jesus Cardenas did when he immigrated to America from Mexico and started his first market in 1981. The donation will support the District’s science, technology, engineering, arts, agriculture and math (STEAM) programs and other learning opportunities.
Pomona Unified School District Superintendent Richard Martinez on March 10 was recognized for his years-long advocacy for children’s rights with the prestigious Francis M. Wheat Community Service Award at the 24th annual Alliance for Children’s Rights dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Martinez was cited by the Alliance for being an education pioneer and champion of collaboration, urban education and foster children. The star-studded dinner, attended by a host of influential industry notables, is the Alliance’s biggest fund-raising event of the year. Past recipients of the award include Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, former LAPD Police Chief William Bratton, television producer Brenda Hampton and Echoes of Hope chief executive Stacia Robitaille.
Thirty-six Pomona Unified students will compete in the 66th annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair from March 17-19 at the Pasadena Convention Center after an excellent showing of their innovative science projects at the District's Sarah Ross Science Fair. Additionally, four student projects each won a $400 Sarah Ross Foundation scholarship. The District fair, held at Ganesha High School on Feb. 20, was sponsored by the Pomona Youth and Family Master Plan and its Promoting Academic Achievement Task Force, which partners with local organizations to provide stimulating scientific activities to Pomona students.