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For many families in the 1940s, having a family member with a developmental disorder — such as autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and genetic and intellectual disabilities — often meant putting their loved ones in state hospitals and institutions. Parents were left with no other choice — especially without the proper resources, education, support groups and disability centers of today.
At 18, Corona High graduate Carolina Hernandez is already a role model – and not just for her 4.02 grade point average and her acceptance into her dream college, UC Berkeley. Hernandez for the past three years has been a mentor to a third-grader at Jefferson Elementary as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters club at her high school. For the past two years, she has served as president of the group.
In Temecula, a group of young girls are on their way toward becoming engineers, scientists and astronauts – thanks, in part, to Legos. The group, an all-black girls robotics team called the Robogirls, for the past six months has been preparing for a kids' robotics exposition Sunday, Feb. 26, at Legoland in Carlsbad.
On Aug. 20, Ernie Andrus finished a 2,638.1-mile race from San Diego, California to the Georgia coast — one day after his 93rd birthday. The retired Navy veteran, originally from Kansas, completed the race over a period of 2 years and 10 months, and finished with a time of “999 hours, 32 minutes, and 1 second,” he says. “I always tell people I never learned to walk until I was 40, because I ran everywhere."
“When we act like we’re afraid, or apologize for being old, what kind of message does that send to the youth? What if younger people look forward to some of the beauties of aging – like being more free, having more confidence?” asks writer Lynn Spreen. “They look at us and say, ‘That’s a pretty good trade-off for wrinkles.’ ”
A nationwide social media contest and the personal journey towards self love launched 26-year-old Veronica Pome’e into the world of modeling.
“The way all of this happened was very organic, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” said the Perris resident.
For Allyson Huntsman, a longtime Rancho Verde High School choir teacher, it was an honor to have her students perform among 31 different choirs – comprising 600 people – at Disneyland’s annual Candlelight Ceremony and Processional. The choir from Moreno Valley was one of several from the Inland region.
It was through Penelope Crowder's latest advanced placement art class that she got her first opportunity to illustrate a book.
For many performing arts students in Moreno Valley, the summer has been anything but boring. Instead, it has been a unique chance to meet new friends, develop their talents -- and put on a showcase.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Bert Upson, a sales marketing and personal development leader, was visiting the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York to give a business lecture titled “How to Invent Your Future.”
How did Abby Hurst, of Riverside, spend her summer vacation?
Digging up buried treasure and $10,000.
Abby is the latest winner of a five-week virtual educational program-turned-global treasure hunt put together by Brain Chase – an Austin-based tech company that focuses on hands-on supplemental learning for students outside of the classroom.
“It’s nice to see families with special needs interact and have a place to go and have an activity everyone can enjoy, especially here in the Inland Empire. It’s our way of saying we support them; if they need a place that’s going to be understanding, where your kids can just be out and enjoy themselves, this is the place.”
This month, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced the winners of its prestigious joint scholarship program with General Electric. Recognizing the achievements of leaders, visionaries, and service-driven youth, 20 students were chosen out of nearly 13,000 applicants. One of those winners, Luz G. Memije, hails from Lake Elsinore.
Pianist Bruce Jones, 69, had a piece of history at his fingertips.
In the summer, Jones was visiting the Riverside Main Library with his grandsons when he encountered a vintage Steinway piano sitting untouched in the auditorium.