We are excited to be planning our annual Read Across America Celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 8:30 to 11:30AM (with times varying by grade). The students look forward to our Guest Reader visits every year, so we hope you can spend time with us again this year.
Fullerton Mayor Greg Sebourn discusses his goals for Fullerton in 2015, his relationship with the Police Department and how becoming Mayor compares to his expectations of the job. First of two parts.
Third-grade student and Cub Scout Hunter Bonney helps raise a new flag at Orangethorpe Elementary School the during a ceremony Tuesday. The school also debuted a student-created mosaic of an orca, overseen by artist Katherine England. Several dignitaries were on hand for an official ribbon cutting. Photography by Davis Barber/FullertonStories.com.
Happy New Year, everyone! As we close out 2014 and welcome 2015, we want to tell you our plans for the coming year.
Starting January 1, 2015, Fullerton Stories begins a partnership with the Fullerton News Academy, a combined education and business program built by Fullerton College Journalism Professor Jay Seidel and journalism instructor Jeff Rowe. The News Academy has already worked with the Orange County Register, Irvine World News, KDOC broadcasting and other media outlets, providing real-world experience to advanced journalism students and increased coverage to their readership.
This partnership brings to Fullerton Stories a broader range of stories, many of which we cannot do on our own. We are delighted to welcome these student efforts.
We are going to rest for a year Fullerton Stories magazine. Response to our first five issues was overwhelmingly positive, but they were produced at a cost much deeper than finances only. We plan to reintroduce it in 2016, earlier if possible, so that we can become more efficient with our physical, mental and emotional resources.
We also want to congratulate Jeff Levine as our Person of the Year. Since 2009, Levine has been public about his homelessness, his successes and setbacks. At Fullerton Stories, we’ve watched him go from a disheveled unkempt person flying under the radar, into a respected public advocate for our homeless population. He got his teeth fixed, got new clothes to job-seek with, he stood up for others who were less fortunate than himself.
Jeff is still homeless, but he still seeks out the best in people and himself. If we could wave a magic wand and help him get further on his feet, we would. If you have the means to lift him up, please do. For now, we will simply remind everyone of the example he sets. Things could always be worse, no matter how down you are, others may have it worse, and never, ever, give up.
Finally, we want to share with you our wishes for 2015:
• Limit the City Council presentations and public comments period to no more than one hour. If there are more people wanting to speak, have them do so at the end of the agenda
• Ban speakers if they use the phrase “big girl panties.” We can do better.
• Use full and complete sentences that make sense, and don’t interrupt people.
• Make the city website usable and understandable.
• Figure out how each of the school districts can make their information and activities known outside the few parents that pay attention.
• Install more public toilets downtown.
That’s it for now, see you next year.