Several years ago, the creation of a Central Kitchen for the school district entered into the minds of communities members in Sacramento. As proposed, the Central Kitchen is supposed to bring fresh food to SCUSD students. In this video, residents descend on Hiram Johnson High School to discuss the subject.
Recently, the Surgeon General released a nation wide call for action to get people in America to walk more and for cities to provide more walkable areas for citizens. This is a movement designed to provide healthy and safe exercising options.
The Surgeon General is making this push because the benefits for regular walking and having a walkable community are numerous. They range from the obvious health benefits to economic benefits, as businesses in walkable communities tend to be more successful.
In Sacramento, many people are faced with rough patches on their way home where walking down the street becomes more risky. One south Sacramento example is a section of the 65th street expressway that has a high number of pedestrians but no sidewalk available. The section between 24th Avenue and Fruitridge Road has a short sidewalk which ends suddenly and forces pedestrians to walk on the side of the road to avoid a ditch.
Many of the pedestrians are high school students attending Hiram Johnson and this is their everyday route home. These students are walking close to expressway traffic that averages above 45 miles per hour. Most other residential streets near this one have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour, but this route is frequently taken because it is the most direct.
A recent study from the Embarcadero Road Traffic Calming Project shows that if someone is hit by a vehicle going 20 miles per hour the chance of death is 5 percent. If that same car is going 40 miles per hour, the chance of dying jumps to 85 percent. Like along the no-sidewalk portion of the 65th Expressway, both pedestrians and drivers must take extra care given the high speed and close proximity to walkers.
Many groups in Sacramento, including those working with the California Endowmen’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, are getting together to address this issue. One such group is Walk Sacramento and organizers are looking for volunteers to work toward a zero pedestrian fatality rate.
You can also go here to check out the Surgeon General’s video for a call to walk more.
Mary Struhs, advisor for the Student Support Center at Hiram Johnson High School, regularly promotes healthy bodies and minds of students. But the Student Support Center is a building which many students are not familiar with.
Students can go into the Student Support Center for drug counseling, grief groups, and peer mediation. There are more programs currently being developed and some which are already in session.
One successful program is Peer Mediation which is funded by an endowment to prevent violence within the community. The endowment allows students to train as professional mediators to settle disputes around campus to their peers. Right now, it is the most popular program on campus and is being regularly used.
“Being a peer mediator is amazing because I get the opportunity to help other students who have conflicts,” says Melissa Saefong, currently in her junior year at Hiram Johnson. “Working with wonderful people makes the job worthwhile.”.
Peer Mediation is a healthy and safe way for students to reach out to other students when they have a conflict to solve. Its volunteers are trained with communication skills and they foster an environment focused on confidentiality.
“Being able to participate in programs that are connected to the student support center is rewarding,” says Saefong.
Peer Mediation improved the school so significantly that it motivated John F. Kennedy High School and Health Professions High School to replicate the program in their schools.
Sacramento, oh how we love you! What better way to show our appreciation than to celebrate Sacramento at the 3rd annual Celebrate Sacramento festival this Saturday.
According to California Department of Education, in Sacramento alone 13% of the class of 2012 dropped out last year. High school is war. It is a battle zone of students all striving to be successful. But the reality of life is that not every student is going to be successful. Quite a bit of them fall in between the cracks. While the current stats are a decrease from previous years, thirteen percent of students is far too many to lose. Despite this number, this dropout rate is considerably different in comparison to previous years.
Most high school students understand that education is their key to success. Steven Arndt, a math teacher at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, is willing to help students after school with their math struggles, sometimes staying three or four hours after school. Mr. Arndt is dedicated to teaching.