Weekly roundup: A pledge from Santa Ana students, keeping OC classrooms cool, and more

School is back in session for the 50,000 students of the Santa Ana Unified School District, who kicked off the new year on Monday with a special pledge — to graduate as seniors.


According to this story in the Orange County Register, the “I Pledge” campaign was created to emphasize each student’s commitment to claiming a diploma with their graduating class.

“If I really set my life to it and dedicate myself to it, I think I can accomplish it,” one 9-year-old told the newspaper.

Santa Ana Unified’s graduation rate is already pretty impressive at 91.6 percent, which easily eclipses the state average of 83.2 percent and tops the county average of 90.8 percent.

Here are some other education stories from the week ending Friday, Aug. 18:

  • A recent Tustin Unified graduate took ownership of the new car he won after being randomly selected from a pool of students with perfect high school attendance.
  • The Garden Grove Unified School District opened a Family Resource Center to provide everything from immigration assistance to domestic violence resources.