School districts in San Bernardino, Yucaipa-Calimesa and Fontana placed in the top three in the first-ever Countywide Vision Video Challenge.
The video projects had to be one-minute long and focus on highlighting a school program or activity that promotes one or more of the Countywide Vision's four campaigns - Vision2Read, Vision2BActive, Vision4Safety and Vision2Succeed.
"It's exciting that several of our districts have taken active roles in supporting Countywide Vision campaigns," San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. "The videos provided students a chance to see how programs on their campuses relate to our real working world, which has a direct impact on their educations.
Curt Hagman, chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, thanked districts, schools and students for their efforts in participating in the Video Challenge.
"All of these video entries demonstrate how the Vision is helping students to focus on the skills needed for individual success and countywide prosperity. Congratulations to the winners and all of the entrants," he said.
San Bernardino City Unified School District finished first in the contest, followed by the school districts in Yucaipa-Calimesa (second place) and Fontana (third place). Each of the districts will receive monetary prizes that can be used to implement or enhance their highlighted programs or activities.
Winning entries will be recognized at the June 1 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Education.
San Bernardino's winning video focused on its career technical education program that supported Countywide Vision campaigns, Vision2Succeed and Vision2BActive, for support to strengthen skills of the workforce and prepare students for career opportunities.
Yucaipa-Calimesa's video concentrated on its law and public safety academy at Yucaipa High Schools, which supported three of the Countywide Vision campaigns.
Fontana's video also highlighted its district work supporting career technical education.
All local education agencies in the county were invited to participate in the Video Challenge as a means of highlighting how educational programs or activities in their school or district are connected to the Countywide Vision.
Eight years ago, county government's Board of Supervisors and the countywide Council of Governments adopted the Countywide Vision, which provided a roadmap for future success as it related to various existing elements like education, health/wellness, safety, housing and the economy. The elements are interrelated and their common successes help lead to vibrant and thriving countywide communities.