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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #12-107
November 30, 2012
Contact: Giorgos Kazanis
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for the Week Ending November 30, 2013

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's Education Roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California School for the Deaf in Fremont

California School for the Deaf, Fremont has been selected as Deaf Prep Football National Football Champions by the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association. The CSDF Eagles also were featured in Sports Illustrated's online video series "Underdogs," [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/specials/underdogs/episode-6.html] External link opens in new window or tab. highlighting 10 high school football teams from around the country that battle major obstacles. The school received the news Tuesday that they finished second in the voting for the Sports Illustrated contest.

Competing against teams without the same disadvantages, the Eagles have concluded their best season ever with a record of 10-2, capturing a North Central II/Bay League Title, adding to the excitement on campus.

"California is home to some of the most extraordinary student-athletes in the world, and nowhere is that more clear than at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont," said Torlakson. "The Eagles exemplify the combination of personal effort and teamwork that is at the heart of success both on and off the field. My congratulations to them all and to the families, friends, coaches and teachers who helped them achieve."

Six California School Districts Win Federal Grants

Torlakson also congratulated five California school districts and one community organization for winning nearly $336,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grants. The funding is designed to help students understand the food they eat in school cafeterias often comes from local farms.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (Davis, Yolo County) was awarded $100,000 to expand the Sonoma County Farm to School Program by educating students about healthy eating, nutrition, and local agriculture.

Ventura Unified School District (Ventura, Ventura County) was awarded $90,289 to start a countywide program to increase the quantity and quality of fresh, seasonal, locally grown foods eaten by students.

Julian Union School District (Julian, San Diego County) was awarded $32,871 to continue programs that support farm to school planning and its school wellness policy that includes sustaining a school garden.

Chico Unified School District (Chico, Butte County) was awarded $44,555 to expand and integrate its various farm to school resources, including hiring a coordinator and providing professional development and training for teachers.

Lemon Grove School District (Lemon Grove, San Diego County) was awarded $43,920 to support existing policies and programs on healthy nutrition and develop it into a farm to school program.

Lynwood Unified School District (Lynwood, Los Angeles County) was awarded $24,294 to plan a farm to school program.

Superintendent Torlakson's Team California for Healthy Kids initiative urges students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables that are locally procured. For more information on the federal grant, please visit the USDA Farm to School Grants [Note: The preceding link is no longer active.] Web page.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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