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Who Says There’s No Such Thing As A FREE LUNCH?

(This information was pulled from the RUSD Nutrition Services webpage on June 25, 2015.)


 “RUSD F.E.E.D.S. (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer).” Beginning Monday, June 15th through Friday, August 21st lunch will be provided to any child, ages 2-18 for FREE.

This program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services, is vital for many low-income children especially in this difficult economy.  Free school meals provide children with up to 75% of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for key nutrients.  When school is not in session, these meals are lost and may not easily be replaced.   As children obviously do not stop growing physically or cognitively because they are not in school, this summer program fills a crucial gap, helping to ensure that students will return to school ready to learn.

The Nutrition Services Department also partners with the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department to provide meals.

During the summer months it is important to encourage your child to eat healthy food and stay active.  Visit one of the eighteen (18) neighborhood parks or six (6) school sites this summer where a daily outdoor bar-b-cue will be provided at no charge. Parents do not have to complete any applications or provide any money for their children to eat.  Any child 2-18 will be eligible for a FREE meal.

Please bring your kids and their friends and join your neighbors for a hot BBQ lunch in the park.  See their flyer for a complete listing of locations and service times where children can receive free meals during the summer. If you need more information please call (951) 352-6740.  Si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al (951) 352-6740.

RUSD’s  commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of all the participating organizations demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

CBU Again Receives National Ranking For Online Programs For Veterans

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on June 2, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: CBU News & Events

California Baptist University’s online programs have earned the No. 20 spot in the 2015 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Veterans rankings by U.S. News & World Report. CBU was also ranked in the top 100 nationwide for their Online Graduate Education and Online MBA Programs for Veterans.

“I’m delighted that once again we have been ranked by U.S. News as a Best Online Programs for Veterans,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU.  “Online courses offer our service men and women the flexibility and convenience to complete their college education, regardless of where they may be stationed or live. This national ranking is a strong testament to the University’s continued commitment to our nation’s veterans and active military personnel.”

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies.  Also named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2015 Military Friendly School, CBU Online offers 21 bachelor degree programs with 30 major concentrations, and 14 master degree programs. Degree and course offerings are accessible fully online or in a hybrid format (virtual and synchronous) at educational service centers near some of California’s largest military bases.

To help veterans choose affordable, accessible and reputable distance education, U.S. News has launched its annual rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans, according to its website. All of the ranked programs belong to institutions that are certified for the G.I. Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, CBU attracts students and veterans from across the country due to their great reputation and their outstanding scholastic achievements.

For more information about the rankings, please visit the U.S. News 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/veteran-rankings.

UC Riverside Accepted As Yellow Ribbon Campus

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on May 28, 2015.)

UCR students and veterans join Chancellor Kim Wilcox as he signs the Yellow Ribbon agreements. Photo Credit: UCR Today
UCR students and veterans join Chancellor Kim Wilcox as he signs the Yellow Ribbon agreements. Photo Credit: UCR Today

The University of California, Riverside has been accepted as a Yellow Ribbon institution by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The program is designed to help students avoid up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with educational programs.

How does it work? The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays 100 percent of in-state tuition and fees for fully-eligible veterans attending public colleges and universities. But, non-resident supplemental tuition is not covered. Veterans and their families who have residency in other states are then forced to pay those fees out of their own pocket, at least until they have established residency.

Chryssa Jones, the veteran’s services coordinator at UCR says military families tend to be more transient than others, and many veterans have found themselves excluded by residency policies.

Last fall Congress attempted to fix this issue by passing Public Law 113-146: The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 explained Jones. The law essentially required public institutions to allow all eligible veterans to attend academic institutions at in-state rates. But, still she said, some students were excluded by the eligibility rules under this law, particularly the children of active-duty military service members who are stationed outside of California.

Chancellor Kim Wilcox jokes with UCR veteran students as he signs the Yellow Ribbon paperwork. Photo Credit: UCR Today

UCR decided to fill in the gap for these students by signing up to participate in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Charles Kim, a veteran and senior at UCR said this is a monumental step forward for veterans and active duty service members.

“This program benefits those who serve but cannot claim California Residency due to their service. California has many major military installations and draws service members from all over the country but they could not attend our prestigious university without taking student loans,” Kim explained.

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions and the VA to share the cost of nonresident tuition for students who qualify and are not already covered under the new law. As a result, all fully-eligible veterans, and their dependents, will have their tuition and fees fully covered by the VA and Yellow Ribbon.

Other UC campuses have participated in Yellow Ribbon in the past, but only for specific colleges or majors, and with a limit on funding.  UCR has decided to cover all students in all majors, with no limit. “With the signing of the new yellow ribbon program UCR can attract the best and brightest from our military,” said Kim. Participating in Yellow Ribbon helps make UCR and Riverside a location of choice for veterans by providing a great education at a great price.

Mobile Fresh Expands Deliveries Of Fresh Food To 43 Stops

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Patrick O’Neill and published in The Press Enterprise on June 5, 2015.)

Photo Credit: Terry Pierson, The Press Enterprise

The Mobile Fresh bus, covered in a 7-foot salad bowl mural and dubbed “The Mother Ship” by Family Service Association employees, has been delivering fresh fruits, vegetables, bread and cheese to low-income and senior housing facilities for a little more than a year.

Donated by the Riverside Transit Agency, the refurbished bus is lined with plastic crates and refrigerators. The only remnants of its past are a small row of seats behind the checkout counter.

Riverside resident Joy Williams, left, chats Thursday, June 4, with Mobile Fresh employee LaTonya Ferguson as she carries groceries to her apartment after shopping in a bus converted into a store with fresh fruits and vegetables. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson
Riverside resident Joy Williams, left, chats Thursday, June 4, with Mobile Fresh employee LaTonya Ferguson as she carries groceries to her apartment after shopping in a bus converted into a store with fresh fruits and vegetables. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson

Since its inception last year, Mobile Fresh has expanded from 19 stops in and around Riverside to 43 stops throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. By this time next year, Director Joey Romero hopes to have 40 stops in each county.

“We plan on introducing healthy recipes and exercise guides,” Romero said. “We’ll do a cooking demonstration and say: ‘Everything you need is on the bus today.’”

“You wouldn’t think in an area like Riverside there’d be no food deserts, but there’s deserts everywhere,” Romero said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture describes a food desert as an area with a poverty rate of 20 percent or higher where more than one-third of the population lives more than a mile from a grocery store.

At least 1,000 people bought groceries from Mobile Fresh in May – more than twice as many as the same month last year. Romero attributes the program’s success to a unique marketing approach.

Instead of repurposing the bus, stocking it with produce, then trying to find prospective customers, Romero made sure there was an adequate market for each stop.

Fliers stating Mobile Fresh’s purpose were distributed at prospective stops, and apartment complex managers were asked to gather enough signatures to ensure that each stop would be worthwhile, Romero said.

“Instead of going out and hoping we’d be successful, we wanted to make sure those customers were there,” he said.

Mobile Fresh is financed entirely through grant money. Proceeds from the nonprofit are reinvested in the program.

Riversiders commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of all the participating organizations demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

For a full list of stops and delivery dates and times, visit fsaca.org.

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Ruck March Raises Money And Morale For Veterans Court

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Bo Kovitz and published in the Press Enterprise on May 24, 2015.)

Photo Credit: David Bauman, The Press Enterprise
Photo Credit: David Bauman, The Press Enterprise


Military veterans on felony probation stood shoulder to shoulder with attorneys, probation officers, sheriff’s deputies and court employees Sunday morning, May 24, as they hoisted 35- to 50-pound rucksacks onto their backs and began a grueling, 10-kilometer march.

The friendly competition, which began and ended at the American Legion post in Riverside’s Fairmount Park, aimed to raise awareness of Riverside County’s Veterans Court. The program offers mental health, job training and housing services to veterans who have pleaded guilty to crimes.

“In courtrooms, the focus is so much on the worst of themselves, when they’re reminded of the worst things they’ve done,” said Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Alberto Recalde, whose office helped plan the event. “We want to remind them of the best of themselves, of a time when people relied on them.”

Emulating the rucks in the military in which soldiers haul well over 50 pounds of equipment, Sunday’s march was also meant to encourage veterans to challenge themselves through a team-building competition that is “good for morale,” according to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson.

It was hosted by the Inland Empire Champions for Collaborative Courts and drew more than 130 participants on four-member teams from all over the justice system.

Teams began gathering early Sunday ahead of the 8:15 a.m. start. Once the parade of competitors disappeared beyond the park’s perimeter to follow the Santa Ana River Trail, the dewy morning air stilled. A few families perched on lawn chairs, waiting for their relatives to return.

Photo Credit: David Bauman. The Press Enterprise
Photo Credit: David Bauman. The Press Enterprise

Just under an hour later, the calmness quickly dissolved as the loudspeaker resonated over the park, announcing the return of the first competitor: Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Jason Newstrom – who was not only bearing a rucksack but was also pushing his 1-year old daughter in a stroller.

The sound of cheers multiplied by the minute as participants slowly, then steadily, returned to the finish line.

Upon finishing, many of them, with beads of sweat streaming down their faces, would throw down their rucksacks and swallow a few gulps of water, then run back down the road to encourage their team members still on the course.

“In the middle, you’re thinking, ‘Why did I do this? Why did I sign up to hurt myself?’” said sheriff’s Deputy Marco Alamillo, who is also a military veteran. “But then your teammates come and boost your motivation.”

Describing the ruck marches as “uniquely military,” participant and National Guard officer candidate Scott Johnson said a soldier carries a ruck with a 50 to 100 pound load at any point from basic training to deployment.

Ruck marches are a necessary part of basic training, he said, that helps “build unit cohesion.”

The Riverside Police Officers Association’s two teams took home the Grand Overall Championship and the Best Women’s titles, while a team from the Larson Justice Center in Indio took home the title for Best Co-ed.

The march raised more than $10,000, about $1,000 of which was used to pay for the event itself — permit fees, insurance and the medals that later hung around competitors’ necks. The remaining funds, Recalde said, will return to the Veterans Court program to help participants access specialized community programs for rehabilitation.

Events like this truly demonstrates what makes Riverside such a unified city. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

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Celebrate Dance Taking Center Stage At Landis

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in The Press Enterprise on May 23, 2015.)

Photo Credit: RCC
Photo Credit: RCC

Innovation and expression will take center stage when the Riverside Community College Dance Department presents Celebrate Dance, the annual student-choreographed showcase, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 28, 29 and 30.

The concert features pieces choreographed by RCC Dance students, as well as guest artist Daniel Cruz, from Seattle. The event features original music by Odesza with remixes by Ambassadeurs, Mazde & Hermitude. Cruz was a guest teacher and adjudicator in February, and returned in April to set the new work on the eager choreographers.

The students based their choreography on responses to the questions: What inspires you? What makes you move? What pushes you back? What stops you in your tracks?

Celebrate Dance will be staged in the Landis Performing Arts Center on the Riverside City College Campus, 4800 Magnolia Ave.

Tickets are available at the box office, 951-222-8100, or at landispac.com. General admission tickets are $15. The price for students, senior citizens, RCC staff and faculty, and children, 3 and older, is $10. Parking on campus requires a permit, however, park-by-hour spots are available.

Events like this help make Riverside a location of choice for people seeking a city that supports that arts. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired and entertained, including arts and cultural offerings.

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Riverside Real Estate Team Teaches ‘Sidewalk CPR’ To Hundreds

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Debra Gruszecki and published in The Press Enterprise on May 18, 2015.)

Photo Credit: Debra Gruszecki, The Press Enterprise
Photo Credit: Debra Gruszecki, The Press Enterprise

Keller Williams Realty professionals from Riverside had a RED-letter day Thursday, as they performed good deeds in the name of good health.

Sixty agents and associates joined the American Heart Association to promote hands-only CPR at six locations in Riverside.

The approach, known as sidewalk CPR, takes two steps to help save a life: First, dial 911. Second, place the palm of your hand in the center of the chest, and push hard and fast to the beat of the classic disco song, “Stayin’ Alive.” (I’m not making that part up.)

Sam Othman, a Realtor since 1985 who was part of the Keller Williams team, said the brother of his manager at the Market Center office at 7898 Mission Grove Parkway credits sidewalk CPR with saving his life.

He is alive today because a bystander performed hands-only CPR, Othman said.

Hearing that story was enough to make believers out of the team.

noej2n-b88409509z.120150515102309000gir9oti0.10Keller Williams agents and associates have participated in an annual day of “Renewing, Energizing and Donating” to local communities across the U.S. since 2009. The event varies from office to office, and year to year.

“It’s been great serving the community,” Alice Bechtel said, as she and two other colleagues, Paula Moisio and Banesha Baker, gave a CPR demonstration to Sam Luke at LA Fitness, one of 239 people trained Thursday.

Booths also were set up at Anytime Fitness, Albertsons, the Riverside County Administration Center and two other LA Fitness locations.

“Hopefully now, someone will use this to help save a life,” Realtor Brent Bechtel said.

Keller Williams’ effort to make a difference in our community is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.

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