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New School to Honor Educator Mildred D. Henry Groundbreaking set for August 23

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Dr. Mildred D. Henry has worked for over 28 years with underprivileged youth in San Bernardino and has remained committed to giving students a second chance to succeed. Now the veteran educator will have a school named after her. The Dr. Mildred D. Henry Elementary School groundbreaking will be held on Thursday, August 23 at 10 a.m. The school will be located at 1250 West 14th Street in San Bernardino. The 13.9-acre school is scheduled to be completed in July 2013 and will house approximately 564 students in 24 classrooms. The school is named in honor of local educator and Cal State San Bernardino professor emeritus Dr. Mildred D. Henry, executive director and founder of the Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Center.

The center is a subsidiary of Provisional Educational Services, Inc., a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has provided education and employment to youth and adults for 25 years. The PAL Center has successfully specialized in working with at-risk youth in dropout prevention and recovery programs. The site offers the PAL Charter Academy High School, grades 9 through 12, and youth employment programs, the largest of which is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Employment Program. Besides Mildred Henry Elementary, the District recently broke ground on several more campuses, including George Brown, Graciano Gomez, and Little Mountain Elementary Schools. In addition, two new schools are opening their doors to students this month, Norton Elementary and Indian Springs High School.

Padua Hills Art Fiesta returns Sunday, November 4

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Last year, the Claremont Museum of Art revived the tradition of the Padua Hills Art Fiesta held by Claremont artists from 1953 through 1959. The event was enthusiastically received by the community with 600 people attending.

The 9th Annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta returns with an outdoor art show, art and craft demonstrations, folk music, tacos and Jamaica punch. This year's exhibit will feature original Fiesta artists Rupert Deese and Harrison McIntosh. See attached full press release for more details. Photos available upon request. Studio visits and artist interviews can be arranged including with Harrison McIntosh who turns 98 on September 11.

• Sunday, November 4, from 11am to 4pm at 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. Tickets will be $8 for adults, children under 18 are free. Claremont Museum of Art members will receive a 25% discount.

• Over Twenty area artist will display and sell their work under shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre.

• An Art Exhibit, Rummy & Harry: 60 Years in the Studio, will showcase the ceramics of Rupert Deese and Harrison McIntosh. Historic materials will highlight their long friendship and the studio they shared since 1950.

• Art and craft demonstrations provided by area arts organizations will include ceramists from the AMOCA Ceramic Studios, craftsmen from Maloof Woodworkers, CCAA Museum of Art watercolor painters and artists from the dA Center for the Arts.

• ARTstART students will lead children in creative Art Activities.

• A Music Stage will feature local folk musicians.

• Festive foods from Casa de Salsa's taco bar and Spaggi's will be served with traditional Jamaica punch and fresh lemonade.

• Holiday shopping gets an early start with unique handmade artwork or art books.

USC Summer Residential Program!

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By Jordan Brown

This summer I attended a summer residential program at University of Southern California. It was very beneficial in getting ready for high school and college. During this program with the National Association of Peer College Advisors (NAPCA), we took over 40 classes about college readiness and high school. We also got the “college experience”, by staying in the dorms. We learned the value of education while making lots of strong friendships at the same time. This program is a great one to attend. College readiness is stressed at NAPCA, because everyone there (incoming eighth graders to incoming seniors) is planning to go to college. Throughout the time, we had to get into groups by our intended major. In those groups, we created a power point to present at the end of the program for our peers and family. We also got a chance to visit the school for the major of our choice. I went to the school of business, and the school of journalism and communications. The experience was unforgettable. It helped me to better understand the environment of the college and the programs it has to offer. We had classes on many different things from writing a college application statement to time management. The classes also worked in the area of teamwork. We had to work with people we didn’t know and get comfortable enough to present different ideas. In our classes we learned about the A through G requirements. Not just to meet the requirements but to take all the recommended classes too.

College students pick their university by the experience they’d like to have. In a class, we received an opportunity to learn about sorority and fraternities. We took a visit to the houses; the girls got to walk through the houses and see how the sorority sisters lived. The boys visited fraternities. We took other field trips to restaurants and skating. We got to know our suite and roommates very well, considering we didn’t know them at all. The dorms are set up as suites with six people in each one. We all collaborated on what we learned in the classes and made bonding friendships. Overall, my summer experience was educational and memorable. I hope to use the tools I received in high school and in college. It was great preparation for my education in general. If you’d like your child to attend the National Association of Peer College Advisor’s program next summer, go to their website at www.napcaonline.org to learn more.

Street Positive Fathers Event

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Planning for the Million Father March is underway for the September 8, 2012 event. Located at the former March AFB in Riverside, CA, Boykins states "The choice of Cross Word Christian Church is both symbolically and logistically practical given the goals and objectives we have set with this year's march. Those participating will truly be part of the kind of history their children's children will speak about one day. So, participants definitely want to make sure they bring their cameras. And, walking shoes. Onlookers will truly see the Power of Fathers Moving As One in support of their children's education."

The proposed march route is approximately 2.2 miles.

Planning for the Million Father March is underway and those wishing to volunteer should contact (909) 880-9427. Additionally, efforts are being made to collect canned goods and bottled water to support youth and families in transitional living facilities.

The themed event, "I Am My Child's Superhero", will offer a commemorative t-shirt, as well as, a book entitled "A Fragile Child's Cry" by author H. L. Stampley to promote literacy. Stampley participated in the 2009 Million Father March, which was dedicated to fathers of disabled children.

Boykins, who since early 2007, has helped organize the national outreach effort founded by Black Star Project's, Phillip Jackson in 2004, says he and Bishop Sykes have met and discussed the importance of father involvement on numerous occasions. Sykes has spoken widely on the subject and routinely interacts with "Men of Valor", a church ministry at CWCC, to progress those who are fathers and those who one day will become fathers. In addition to providing the welcome and greetings to attendees, he will also conduct the event's annual "Back-to-School" prayer.

Another instrumental community partner involved in bringing the Million Father March to the Inland Empire is Pastor James Baylark of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Perris, CA. Pastor Baylark is slated to speak on "The Church and the Streets."

Important topics covered during the 2012 Inland Empire Million Father March will include mental health, academic achievement, child safety, student violence, incarceration, parent-teacher partnerships, graduation rates and goals, as well as, college and trade-school support. The event will also feature guests speakers, panel discussions, open mic, entertainment, resources and food offerings. Dr. D.C. Nosakhere Thomas and son, Kamaal Thomas, who was recently awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship and featured on ABC7 Cool Kids will serve as father-son emcees for the event. Kamaal will attend UC Davis in the fall. Participation and attendance is expected to be significant.

Exhibitor space is limited and will be available on a "first come - first served" basis. Contact Ms. Jessica Garcia at (909) 556-4650 to request an application. For additional updates and information regarding the Inland Empire Million Father March visit www.streetpositive.com.

NOTE: the Los Angeles Million Father March will be hosted by LAMFMOC and held at Mona Park in Compton, CA on September 29. "I Am My Child's Superhero."

4Positive Knowledge P.O. Box 9044
San Bernardino, CA 92427
 www.streetpositive.com
Tel: (909) 880-9427

Questions:

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-- Please provide a brief history of your business. I own and operate two newly built gas stations from the ground up in the City of Thousand Oaks, Town of Newbury Park, California. The two major brands are Chevron with Extramile Convenience Store with a touchless carwash; and Arco with Arco AmPm convenience store.

-- How did you get your start in the convenience/petroleum retailing industry? It was my dream to own the real estate of the business I establish. I researched for five years before deciding to purchase the gas station properties.

-- What was/were your previous job(s) before getting into this business? I work as a Statistician part time in the medical research industry and had helped my spouse with 7-11 convenience stores on a limited basis.

-- Describe the first c-store you opened (what did it look like, what did it stock, etc.)? The first C-store I personally opened was with the Chevron Extramile Store franchise. It is a 2,000 square foot facility offering hot foods, energy drinks, sodas, Icee, coffee, candies, newspapers, ice and so much more.

-- What was the greatest opportunity you found in operating a single store? Since I built the station from the ground up with my husband, the greatest opportunity was to establish from the beginning was convenience to include the floor plan, product placement and design of the circulation/flow of the store itself.

-- What was the greatest challenge you faced when operating a single store? The greatest challenge was to establish a business when the economy began to lag. When the recession hit, our projections were based on pre-recession numbers. It was a very tough ride. The property loans and financials were difficult to meet but we were able to keep afloat with hard work, great employees, marketing, and sacrifices. -- Why did you decide to open a second store, third store, and so on? We decided to build the second gas station from the ground up, also in the tough economic times of 2010-11, to provide a name brand that is not available to our neighborhood for miles. In Newbury Park, there were no Arco AmPm’s within a 15-mile radius of our location, which brings a value brand of gasoline to our community at the lowest competitive price possible. -- What’s been the most important lesson and/or best practice you have learned going from a single store to a multi-store operation? It is crucial to get financial projections that would work if the income reduced by up to 20%. If planned right, multi-store operations allows for diversification in a lagging economy providing a financial cushion and constant income base.

-- What’s been your best idea yet? The best part of our endeavor has been to seek SBA financing for both projects. Although with stringent qualifications and criteria for SBA loans, we found that it is the best financial product for new businesses with property.

What’s been your worst mistake yet? Undertaking large construction projects with basic financial cushion.

MEENU YOU MAY WANT TO ELABORATE ON THIS ANSWER. CITE AN EXAMPLE.

-- How is your company/business/stores unique compared to your competitors? We operate two name brands across from each other and are able to offer customers both a value brand and a premium brand at an every day fair price possible.

ALSO INCLUDE SOMETHING LIKE: IT’S A FAMILY BUSINESS AND IN THE TOWN OF NEWBURY PARK, A SMALL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY, YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR CONSUMER ETC. YOU WANT TO DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM SAY GOING TO SHELL GAS

-- What advice can you offer a single-store owner today who’s considering expanding? Expansion from single store to multi-store is successful with good financial planning, experience with all facets of daily store operation, ability to recognize when change is needed in any aspect of operation, marketing skills and organized infrastructure for management of employees.

-- What are the growth goals for your current operation? If opportunity arises we would expand with additional locations.

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