Sunnyvale PAL partners with Discover Angling to take kids fishing out of Half Moon Bay. We have joined forces with Public Safety, Sunnyvale Elementary School District, Fremont High School and Reach Potential Movement to get youth referrals. Discover Angling charters the boat, provides all the equipment, bait, lunch and fishing mentors.
The goals of the program include providing experiences and positive role models for the kids. They learn to fish and get to provide food for their families -the day’s catch is cleaned and packaged so that each student gets to take fish home for dinner. In addition, they learn to respect nature and become aware of human impact on the environment.
On February 18, Sunnyvale Police Activities League and Sunnyvale DPS took a group of Sunnyvale students ages 7-14 years old on a tour of Santa Clara University. The group traveled by train to the campus – for some, it was their first train ride. Once on campus, they were greeted by Assistant Director of Admissions Lorenzo Gamboa.
Mr. Gamboa showed the group around campus explaining available courses of study, application process, tuition costs, scholarships and campus life. The group learned about the library’s state of the art Automatic Retrieval System (ARS) that manages a million books. Students can order library books online, then the ARS delivers them to the front counter and sends the student an email when his/her books are ready for pick up.
Later, the group was joined by three Santa Clara University boxers who spoke with the students about their experiences in college and boxing. They also spoke about their career aspirations. The boxers showed the students the gym where the women’s basketball team was practicing, the soccer field and the fitness gym. Then it was lunchtime in the school cafeteria which offered everything from tacos to pasta, salads to burgers and Chinese food. The student were impressed!
After lunch, each student received a Santa Clara University t-shirt to remember their trip. Mr. Gamboa generously offered to provide ongoing guidance to any of the students who were interested in attending the university.