Healthy food: coming to a liquor store near you


At least, if you live in Baldwin Park.

Back in 2005, there was a
big push in the state legislature to make sure healthy food was being
sold in schools. SB965 is phasing out soda from campuses, while SB12 mandates that snacks for sale on campus – even
for fundraisers – doesn’t exceed a certain amount of sugar, fat or

The push for healthier food started in the schools,
but now there’s a task force in Baldwin Park taking it to the corners.

Participating corner stores and liquor stores (especially those near
schools) are now highlighting items for sale that meet the criteria of
SB12 and SB965. Healthier snacks and beverages at these stores will
sport the logo you see here that was designed by a local teen.

This is the first phase of the
Healthy Selection” campaign, according to Christina Cardenas, an
advocate coordinator based in Baldwin Park with the California Center
for Public Health Advocacy.

In the next phase, Cardenas
said that a consultant will be working with some of these store owners
to make it easier for them to keep fresh produce and other healthy fare
on hand.

stores include La Blanquita,
Mercado del Pueblo, El Mambi, J & J Liquor, Jay’s Liquor and
Vallarta. Smart & Final  and 7-Eleven are also participating. I’m
going to visit a few of these stores a little bit later to hear what store owners and customers have
to say.

all of this is a part of a broader campaign in Baldwin Park to battle
childhood obesity as a part of the Healthy Eating Active Communities

Look for more information about the campaign in upcoming editions of the La Puente, Baldwin Park and El Monte Highlander.

Bassett holds annual Career Fair

Hundreds of Bassett High School freshmen and sophomores participated in the school’s annual Career Fair on Monday, Feb. 25.

Dozens of career representatives from the surrounding community were on hand to counsel students on career choices and options for their future. Representatives from the L.A. County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments were on hand, as well as the county coroner’s office, the California Highway Patrol, military branches, technical schools and more.

Bassett’s counseling staff, high school elective teachers, and upper level students were also on hand to assist 9th -and 10th- graders in making decisions on selecting a career path to pursue while still in high school.


At left:

Rocio Arellano,
15, at left, a ninth grader at Bassett, stops by the “Medical
Assistant and Hospital Occupations” booth during the Fair in Bassett’s gymnasium.  The La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program
teaches classes in Bassett’s health care academy on the high school campus.
Rocio says she hopes to go into obstetrics and gynecology. Instructor Linda Howard, at right, along with Megan Meyer,
17, a senior at Bassett High and a member of the health care academy’s fifth
graduation class.


At right:
Domonique Barkey, 16, at left, a 10th grader at Bassett, gives some thought to a career in journalism at ‘The Olympian Times’ booth during the Career Fair. At the booth, were students in journalism
class at Bassett along with representatives of the ASB.
Explaining the elective
classes are, seated from left, Avilene Cueto, 15, a 10th grader at Bassett
and Alma Padilla, 17, a 12th grader, co-editors-in-chief of The Olympian
the school newspaper; and Alonzo De Leon, 17, also a 12th grader,
representing ASB.

Career counselor Erika Machado, coordinator of the event,
said it was the first time the high school’s Career Fair was used to help ninth
and 10th grade students focus on career options before making curriculum
decisions for next year during registration in March.

Bassett High School is part of the Bassett Unified School District.

District Spelling Bee

Mountain View School District will hold their second annual district Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Fifth- and sixth-grade spelling bee champions from the district’s schools will compete for the title of District Spelling Bee Champion and represent the district in the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee in mid-March.

The spelling bee will begin at 2:45 p.m. in the cafeteria of Madrid Middle School at 3300 Gilman Road in El Monte.

Come show your support for our local Bees!

Local student named to Academic Team

USA Today recently named twenty students to its 19th annual All-USA College Academic Team, honoring them for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership. The students will receive a $2,500 cash award.

Among the named is Shuai (Steve) Xu, of Diamond Bar who is currently attending Rice University.

The team was selected by a panel of judges from almost 500 students nominated by colleges and universities across the United States. Judges considered grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.