Puente Students Recognized by LA Supervisor Hahn at Community Dinner
On April 12, 2018, 80 Puente students from California High School, Whittier High School, Cerritos Community College and Rio Hondo College were honored at the Cesar Chavez Recognition Dinner sponsored by Los Angeles Supervisor Janice Hahn and The Cesar Chavez Foundation. The event was held at the Liberty Community Center in Santa Fe Springs, CA and attendees included parents, community leaders and elected officials.
The Puente Project was selected as the main participating program among several organizations that were considered to take part in this event. Margie Rodriguez, a long-standing community activist and personal friend of the Chavez Family, chose Puente as a key partner for this event. She remarked, "I'm highly impressed by the fact that Puente incorporates community service and the responsibility of giving back as part of their mission and teaching to these young people". Furthermore, she added, "It touched my heart that Puente uses 'Si Se Puede' as a type of anthem in instilling to their students the ability to reach their highest potential," (a phrase commonly used by Cesar Chavez).
Puentistas were acknowledged for their hours of volunteerism. Collectively, Puente students donated several hundred hours of community service throughout the San Gabriel Valley area. In recognition of their efforts, Supervisor Janice Hahn and the 32nd Senate District Office honored these Puentistas' efforts with certificates of recognition.