Congressman Juan Vargas visits Heber Elementary School

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HEBER — Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) Wednesday visited Heber Elementary School, a California “Schools to Watch,” to see first-hand the practices that earned Heber School its second “Schools to Watch” designation, according to a press release from Congressman Vargas’ office.

During the site visit, Vargas met with administrators, teachers, and school staff to discuss current educational needs and provide praise for the accomplishments of the school.

In addition, Vargas honored teachers Elvira Arreola-Yee and Darlene Herrera with Congressional recognition as recipients of “Teacher of the Year” awards for San Diego-Imperial Counties, said the release.

“It was a privilege to host Congressman Vargas at Heber Elementary today,” said Superintendent Juan Cruz, in the release. “We appreciate Mr. Vargas taking the time to encourage and motivate our students by sharing his personal background and discussing the value of education with our students. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the instructional program and the role our schools play in this community. We were touched by his kind words as he recognized two of our outstanding teachers.”

Heber Elementary School District is committed to providing students with the best teachers, the best programs, and the best schools, the release said. The school district was able to include Congressman Vargas in its “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” initiative by signing and pledging to social norms. The norms are part of a new effort to build students’ social-emotional skills and improve peer interactions.

Reportedly, students listened with awe as Congressman Vargas spoke.  “I have ten brothers and sisters who all graduated from high school,” said Vargas, according to the release. “Our parents believed that in this country all our dreams can become a reality through hard work and an education.”

“It’s not every day that our students get to meet someone who works in our nation’s capital,” added Cruz in the release. “It was a pleasure to host Congressman Vargas and we welcome the opportunity to showcase our schools to others both locally and to our representatives in Washington, D.C.”