First Book BCSD

Students hold up books they received last year purchased through donations. 

Seniors get back-to-school ready with a little help

A dozen high school seniors received backpacks and back-to-school supplies Wednesday when they went on a shopping spree at Walmart in East Hills.

Those supplies were covered by a grant from The Bakersfield Californian Family Foundation with support from Walmart East Hills Store and the Bakersfield Ivy Legacy Foundation.

Students selected for the supplies were part of ASCEND Youth Enrichment, a program operated by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to motivate students in reaching their maximum potential.

Bakersfield “Child Spree” taking place Saturday

The Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield is hosting its annual “Child Spree” Saturday by taking about 230 local children and treating them to back-to-school supplies.

The kids will be receiving a new backpack filled with supplies, and volunteers will take each child on a $100 shopping spree at Kohl’s to purchase clothes and other essentials.

dd’s DISCOUNTS store donates to Owens Primary

Bakersfield City School District and dd’s DISCOUNTS will be kicking off a fundraising drive Saturday to help purchase new books for kids at Owens Primary School.

Last year, 194 students received nine new books each from First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books to children in need. The goal this year? Ten books each for every kindergarten and transitional kindergarten student.

A kick-off event featuring Dino the Mascot will be hosted at noon Saturday at 2693 Mount Vernon Ave. The fundraiser runs until Aug. 27.

Dignity Health offering "Back 2 School" event

K-12 students are invited to enjoy free haircuts, back-to-school supplies and backpacks Sunday as part of Dignity Health's "Back 2 School" event. 

The Dignity Health Learning & Community Outreach Centers have been providing back-to-school supplies for the Bakersfield community for 20 years funded by donations from Mercy and Memorial Hospital employees. Supplies are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Mercy & Memorial Hospital Learning Center, 1627 Virginia Ave. 

Early Childhood Council seeks trustees

The Early Childhood Council of Kern, a 30-member volunteer council that identifies priorities for childcare and development of policies, is seeking nine new members to fill vacant seats.

Positions are open for four child care consumers, or a parent or person using child care, or who has used child care services within the past 36 months; two child care providers, and three community representatives who represent agencies or businesses that provide private funding for child care services, or who advocates for child care services through participation in civic or community-based organizations.

Appointments last for three years, and trustees are expected to participate in monthly general council meetings held the first Wednesday of each month.

For more information, call 861-5274.

Calling all construction workers

The ABC Training Academy is enrolling students who want to earn a career in construction or the local energy industry.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Training Academy offers programs created “by the industry for the industry,” and many students enter the workforce the day they complete programs, according to a press release issued by the academy.

Studetns can learn to operate forklifts, a piece of heavy equipment or a crane. Pathways to learn how to weld or become a safety professional are also available.

Classes begin Aug. 14. Those interested can call 392-8729.

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce

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