HEBER — Heber Public Utility District Board President Tony Sandoval presented County Librarian Crystal Duran with a $500 check to assist with the summer reading program at the Imperial County library branch in the city of Heber.
“We were approached with an opportunity as a Public Utility District to contribute to the Heber Library Summer Program and of course we jumped to the opportunity and are proud to donate $500 for the Heber branch summer reading program,” said Sandoval. “Usually we (Heber) are the ones asking for money, however this time around we have the opportunity to help you (County) out and we are happy to do so.”
According to Duran, over 70 children attended the Summer Reading Session kick-off last week and over 100 children have resistered so far.
Sandoval commended the board on the One World Beef facility, and Chairman Terrazas for his commitment to combat hunger in the county. He also said the Heber School District is joining forces with Terrazas by participating in the summer program meal providing breakfast and lunch FREE of charge to kids 18-years of age and under. Breakfast runs from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. and lunch from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday.
Sandoval went on to say Heber residents recently approved Measure J that will issue $6 million in bonds to help build a gymnasium at the Heber School campus.
“If everything goes according to plan, we should be breaking ground later this fall, with construction expected to take one year, and ready by the start of 2017-2018 school year” explained Sandoval.
Expanding on education, Sandoval said Heber schools were recently recognized for the fourth consecutive year as an honor roll school by the California Business of Education Executive, a Title I Academic Achievement Award by the California Department of Education, and the Gold Ribbon award.
“The reason why I am sharing this is because the services provided by the County help our students succeed in the classrooms and I want to make sure we share that success with you” said Sandoval. “We are very appreciative.”