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San Bernardino Pastors United Ignite Change at Second Community Block Party

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Prayer, community services and music were among the activities at Saturday’s community block party hosted by San Bernardino Pastors United. The event took place at the playground of Jefferson Elementary School in San Bernardino. At the first block party in September 2016, over 3,000 attendees came out which prompted the organization to do a second event.

“We need the peace to increase and the violence to end,” said Clyde Stewart of Westside Christian Center in San Bernardino. “But in order for that to happen our entire community needs to come together as one. Only then can change begin.”

He continues, “We want to strengthen our community. We want our community to thrive and as much as we’d like to jump we need to begin with small steps,” Stewart said. “We are making great strides, but we still have a long way to go.”

SB Pastors United is a group of local church leaders whose mission is to create a positive impact in the community. Throughout the afternoon, speakers inspired the crowd with words of wisdom, prayer groups asked for God to look out for them and counselors were on hand to give honest advice to a community in crisis.

“How many murders have happened here?” asked the Rev. Reginal Young of Out of the Pulpit Street Ministry Saturday. “One is too many. We need to end the violence. Fathers need to take responsibility for their children and become a positive role model so those kids can be productive. We need to end the cycle and begin with a new one.”

If you missed this event, SB Pastors United are planning to have regular events with the next one on Saturday, June 17 at Anne Shirrell Park, then September 16 at Riley Elementary.

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SBCCD Names Mark Lágrimas Interim KVCR General Manager

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- San Bernardino Community College District announced today that it had selected Mark V. Lágrimas to become KVCR TV/FM’s interim general manager.

The post at KVCR represents something of a homecoming for Lágrimas — he graduated from Aquinas High School in San Bernardino before going to UCLA and working for CBS Television, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, The Disney Channel and ABC Studios as a financial and research specialist. Lágrimas produced the film, “They’re Watching” streaming now on Netflix, and served on the board of directors of SBCCD’s Economic Development & Corporate Training Foundation, which brings together business, education and civic leaders to help students of all ages gain new skills to re-enter the workforce.

 “We are delighted to welcome Mark, whose deep roots in our region and the entertainment industry will help us bolster KVCR’s ability to deliver the world-class programming that Inland Southern California deserves,” said Bruce Baron, Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District, which includes San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa. SBCCD holds the broadcast license for KVCR – the PBS and NPR affiliate station for Inland Southern California.

“Having the opportunity to help shape the future of KVCR and uplift our region through rich and innovative programming is a privilege and honor,” said Lágrimas.“As the traditional ways of broadcasting are rapidly evolving, I’m committed to advance KVCR’s storied legacy and educational mission by creating new partnerships, both regionally and nationwide, and bringing cutting edge media strategies to ensure KVCR’s continued success and relevance into the future.”

Lágrimas joined KVCR on February 24 and will serve a one-year contract. He is filling the void left by Alfredo Cruz, who has taken a leave of absence to focus on his health.

Lágrimas will manage all aspects of the station’s public television and radio programming on Channel 24 and 91.9 FM, respectively. He will also oversee First Nations Experience (FNX), the first and only nationally distributed TV channel exclusively devoted to Native American and World Indigenous content, created in partnership between KVCR and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Green Ribbon Award Goes To Kimbark Elementary

Students at Kimbark Elementary School see their environmentally conscious efforts as a way of life.

They recycle as much as possible, are vigilant about conserving water, and love spreading their concern for Mother Earth with other students from across the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

And, state officials are taking notice.

The California Department of Education recently recognized Kimbark Elementary as a Green Ribbon School, an honor that went to fewer than 30 public schools across the state. The award acknowledges schools that demonstrate exemplary achievement in three key areas: environmental impact, student and staff health and wellness, and environmental education.  Kimbark was honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at a ceremony held at Redondo Union High School on March 3.

“These schools and districts serve as role models for their students in two important ways,” said Torlakson, who started his public service career as a high school science teacher and coach.  “First, they manage their own facilities wisely by saving energy, conserving water, and reducing their impact on the environment. Next, they provide innovative education programs that teach students about nature, the importance of clean air and water, and how to make good choices to preserve the environment for future generations.”

As a magnet school with an environmental emphasis, Kimbark Elementary students have always focused on conservation as a way to reduce their impact on the planet, said Principal Mario Jaquez.

That focus became even more evident in the last year, when the state’s drought dried up one of two wells in the unincorporated, semirural community of Devore, where Kimbark is located. Students turned that near crisis into an opportunity to conserve water.

“Our students and parents understand why our grass isn’t green,” Jacquez said. “They know that we’re being water wise.”

Aside from significantly reducing its water use by 92 percent from 2013 to 2016, Kimbark Elementary also cut its greenhouse emissions by 40 percent as part of the District’s energy conservation program. And, plans are underway to decrease student’s reliance on plastic water bottles by turning to stainless steel, canteen-type bottles, Jacquez said.

Kimbark students are spreading their concern for the environment across the District by teaching other students to recycle. Recently, fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Kimbark Environmental Leadership Program, also known as KELP, visited Belvedere Elementary School in Highland to help children learn how to be better stewards of the environment.

This spring, Kimbark students will put on “Recycle,” an original musical funded by a $12,000 grant from the San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission.