Weekly roundup: Anaheim Elementary adds playgrounds with community support, Orange Unified appoints new superintendent, and more

Community support for two bond measures led to the transformation of three playgrounds in the Anaheim Elementary School District.

Orange Grove Elementary AESD new playground

Jefferson, Orange Grove and Westmont elementary schools received new playground installations during the summer months. These additions include expansive canopies, offering students shelter and protection as they participate in dynamic play and discovery beneath the sun’s rays. At Westmont, the district added wheelchair-accessible swings.

The district shared this news and a video of students enjoying the new play equipment on Instagram and Facebook.

“Our shared commitment to giving our students the best has come alive with these upgraded playgrounds,” said Dr. Christopher Downing, superintendent of the Anaheim Elementary School District.”

The new installations were made possible through the passing of Measure G, which received support from registered voters in 2010, and Measure G, which passed in 2016. Both measures are under the the review of a citizens’ oversight committee, which was established to ensure that bond proceeds are properly expended.

“We thank the support of the community and the successful implementation of the Measure G & J Bond programs for making these dreams of inclusive and fun play areas a happy reality,” Dr. Downing said. “As we celebrate this milestone, we are excited for what lies ahead.”

Here are the other stories we’re following this week:

  • OCDE Deputy Superintendent Dr. Ramon Miramontes issued a statement on Thursday in response to the fatal shooting at Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon.
2023 Interpretation and Translation Conference flyer
  • As Southern Californians braced for Tropical Storm Hilary, the OCDE Newsroom kept a running digest with information and resources for local school communities.
OUSD Superintendent Ernie Gonzalez
  • The Los Alamitos Education Foundation donated $55,000 to fund stipends for six counseling interns who will be working closely with district wellness counselors.
  • A community organization partnered with local businesses to hold a back-to-school giveaway event to support students in Huntington Beach’s Oak View neighborhood with new shoes and backpacks.

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