First Annual Blood Drive
Valley Center Municipal Water District hosted its First Annual Blood Drive with the San Diego Blood Bank on March 23, 2017. The San Diego Blood Bank is the primary supplier of blood to hospitals throughout San Diego and Orange Counties. The blood drive, located in the District parking lot, is open to all community members and water district employees. This year nine district employees participated in the blood drive but we are hopeful to increase next year’s participation with greater community involvement. The District plans to host the blood drive annually, if you are interested in participating in next year’s event please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth Grade Water Awareness Poster Contest Winners
Each year, VCPUSD 4th Grade students are asked to use their imagination to illustrate the importance of water and conservation. This year’s theme, “Be Water Smart” allowed students to express how water affects life; ways to conserve water so there’s enough for all living things; how water is used today and throughout history; or imaginative new ways to conserve or recycle water for the future. Valley Center teachers submit about 200 drawings for consideration into the poster contest. The top three (3) students are included in the North County Water Agencies annual calendar.
The Top 12 Students for the 2016 4th Grade Water Conservation Poster Contest. Top, Left to Right: Trish Garcia, VCMWD Water Conservation Coordinator; Students Andrea Rafael-Reynosa; Diana Hernandez; Maddie Latulippe; Natalie Allen; Savannah Morrissette; Lily Nelson-Love; Nathalia Pina (all from the Upper Valley Center Elementary); McKinnon Olson (from Lilac Elementary). Bottom, Left to Right: Students: Jessica Martinez; Skyler McNamara; Jaelyn Chaipos (all from Upper Valley Center Elementary).
VCMWD Participates in “Ag Day” Event
Springtime in Valley Center means Agriculture Day at the Gang Ranch off Cole Grade Road. There are typically about 1,000 students from the Lilac Elementary School and the Valley Center Elementary School who take a break from the classroom and experience local agriculture, from cow milking, planting crops, understanding beneficial bugs to the importance of keeping our environment clean.
On the water front, VCMWD staff spoke to and distributed water-related activity books to each student to take home or to the classroom. The kids always enjoy the SD County’s Office of Education Splash Lab and Green Machine. Both of these mobile class labs are fully funded by VCMWD. When staff questioned the kids on water saving ideas, they are always amusing and entertaining. The bottom line is the students are aware of the importance of water, and offer adults some clever ways to save water.
VCMWD staffers Michelle Wick and Terri May and some of the 1,000 participating VC and Lilac Elementary students at the 2016 VCPUSD Agriculture Day at the Gang Ranch
VCMWD “Water Walkers” Support Valley Center Relay for Life
For the second year, the VCMWD “Water Walkers” Relay for Life Team raised funds for the Valley Center Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Fund raising through customer and anonymous public donations, direct solicitations, raffles, selling baked goods, revenue sharing, and the Break Room “Money Tube” took place over the spring and early summer.
VCMWD’s efforts were capped off by the 1st Annual Valley Center Relay for Life Golf Tournament held on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the excellent Welk’s Fountains Executive Course.
Overall, the Water Walkers (with 11 Team Members) raised just over $10,000. Terri May, Engineering and Chris Johnson, Administration, were the two top individual fund raisers. With 47 golfers and four holes sponsored by local business, the Golf Tournament organized by Greg Hoyle and his team from the Operation and Facilities Department was the largest single fund raising event, bringing in just over $4,100.