Seven Salinas students received scholarships from Mi Pueblo, the supermarket chain of the yummi nopalitos. They students were feted at the Salinas store last week, and they even had cake!
The awardees were: Carla Contreras, Baldemar Herrera and Nathalie Martinez of Everett Alvarez High School, and Andrea Rivas, Jessica Rodriguez,
Sintia Solis, and Sandra Zuniga of Alisal High School.
The money was collected through a three-week drive that asked customers to support education. A total of $127,000 was raised in all the Mi Pueblo stores.
The Salinas youngsters may be heading to college in the fall, but there's another group of tiny scholars who've already spent almost three weeks there.
About 250 Migrant Junior Otters, students in the fourth through 10th grade in Monterey County migrant education programs, began their month-long college experience July 6 at CSUMB. They've been taking language arts and math classes in the morning. In the afternoons, they're involved in theater, music, dance and video editing, taught by the renown Teatro Campesino. On July 30 they will stage a performance.
This year, the Migrant Junior Otters were recognized at the 2010 National Migrant Education Conference as an outstanding example of a collaborative effort.