Precinct Reporter 03 14 2019 E Edition Page A-1

Demystifying Student Performance news@precinctreporter.com Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County news@precinctreporter.com I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, March 14, 2019 Vol. 54 - No 32 S.B. Black Babies Face Dire Statistics (See Page A-6) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter At first glance, local Black infant death statistics seem wrong, but it's not a typo. It's hard to imagine the reaction of policy makers if white babies were dying at the same alarming rate of Black babies in America. Typically, Black infants die double, often triple, the rate of white babies before their first birthday. Those statistics have barely budged over the years, and if anything, depending on the state or the region, it's getting worse - except for one area. Earlier this year, Sacramento County released its report showing that from 2013 to 2016, they were able to reduce the Black infant death rate by a whopping 45%. The team attributes the success to staffworking with over 70 community-based organizations, which included home visits, training for safe sleep and parenting classes, youth mentorship and after- school programming. Locally, the 2018 California Department of Public Health reports that 2013-2015, San Bernardino County saw an increase in the average infant mortality for all babies. For that time period, white infant death was at 6%, Hispanic infant mortality was at 5.6%. But Black babies had taken the brunt of death impact, dying at 13.2% in San Bernardino County. At last count, San Bernardino County DPH reports Black infant death in 2016 was at 14.9%, compared to all races at 6.4%. Elizabeth Sneed-Berrie, the County Public Health Program Coordinator of the Black Infant Health program, said they are currently calling on African American soon-to- be moms to take advantage of their upcoming ten sessions on how to protect their babies. She said they require a minimum of five moms to get the cohort started, with an upper limit of 12 women to participate in each cycle of the ten-week sessions. For their time and effort, the program is giving away free baby bouncers. We're focused stress reductions, making sure that they're going to their medical Time For Change Hosts 17th Awards Gala By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Since starting 17 years ago, the nonprofit Time For Change has broadened its scope to help more women and children escape deep cycles of poverty. So far, the organization has trained and empowered 1,200 women to independence, and reunited 282 children out of foster care with their moms. Vanessa Perez, who started as an intern with them seven years ago, said she has watched their local services increase immensely, including the most recent expansion up north with a new location in the city of Hayward. There, the Brighter Futures home is providing a safe haven for mothers and children in crisis, women seeking to reunify with their children, homeless women, and those returning home from prison. Perez, who oversees operations in southern California, said Kim Carter, Time for Change founder, has icially transitioned to the Bay Area where she has taken on the role of ambassador. She is heading up that project, as well as seeking other funding opportunities. In Hayward, the home is similar to an emergency shelter, serving up to six women and availability for six children. The San Bernardino location accommodates 16, but she said the program's success is that they walk with the women at each step of the way. As soon as they come in, they get an intensive self- siciency plan, we help them with their goals, and they work toward their plan, and transition into permanent housing. We don't believe in recycling homelessness, we want to end it, said Perez, Time for Change Director. On Friday, April 12, the Time for Change Foundation hosts its 17th Annual Awards Gala Oh, the Places She'll Go! to help address the growing need. The fundraiser gala dinner is from 6:00- 9:00 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Ontario. Tickets start at $125 per individual. This year's honorees for community service include: Carlos & Audrey Martinez, BLU Educational Foundation, Johnson Family Child Care, Linda Lindsey, and Mayor Deborah Robertson. Also recognized are James & Rowena Ramos, Beatriz Solis, Tim Evans and Dr. Roger Hadley. Time for Change developed its 7-unit Phoenix Square home in San Bernardino to help low- income women thrive with job training, counseling and access to many resources through their nationally recognized program. She said that the Phoenix Square location has brought a lot of good to the neighborhood, and the shelter proudly serves women and (Cont. on Page A-6) Community Garden: Lessons For a Lifetime By getting their hands a little dirty, Rose Lewis' students at Etiwanda High School are learning some valuable lessons - about potential career opportunities, the future of the planet and even life itself. Now, with the help of a $5,000 grant, she'll soon be able to turn a community garden program she started from scratch into a perennial project-based learning opportunity. This isn't about books or a classroom, it's about lifestyle and looking at the world in a different way, said Lewis, an environmental science teacher who is in her second year at Etiwanda. With seed money from Donors Choose - a crowdsourcing website that supports classroom needs - Lewis was able to buy materials for raised garden planters, which her students assembled and have maintained throughout the year. She applied for grant funding from Lowe's Toolbox for Education program, and was informed this past month that she will receive $5,000 to expand her efforts. Her goal is not only to have a larger garden for her students to learn about the benefits of gardens, but to start a farmer's market that would provide their classmates access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Lewis' parents - teachers and proud naturalists - instilled in her the values of respecting nature, lessons she is paying forward. She hopes her students will someday do the same, by teaching their families about gardening or even pursuing environmental science as a career. Students do everything - from preparing the soil to planting and harvesting - along the way gaining a greater appreciation for the world around them. They also study environmental justice and how limited access to fresh foods in low- income neighborhoods can impact community health. They're learning the importance of environmental stewardship and how they can have a tangible impact on their community - even the health and medical benefits that can be gained, Lewis said. Etiwanda Principal Don Jaramillo said the community gardens program is a great example of project-based learning, made possible by the vision and persistence of a teacher and the support of community partners. Efforts like this are preparing students for life, above and beyond what they can get in a normal classroom setting, Jaramillo said. (Cont. on Page A-3) James & Rowena Ramos

Next Page