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All Alisal USD schools take part of the March Against Bullying

All schools of the Alisal Union School District -- Alisal, Bardin, Cesar Chavez, Creekside, Fremont, Frank Paul, Loya, MLK, Monte Bella, Steinbeck, Sanchez, VRB, -- took part in the annual March Against Bullying, the first time all our schools were represented. The event took place at the Salinas High School Football stadium, and it was attended by nearly 2,400 students, teachers and administrators. 

Students at bleachers

Students began arriving at around 9:15 a.m. and they were welcome by the Alisal allstars drumline and colorguard, who also held a "battle of the bands" with the Salinas High marching band at around half time. No sooner they arrived when they started their school chants. Led by emcee Patterson Emesibe they also made the wave and responded to the "all call" salute with loud screams and good energy. 

Drumliine and children at stadium

After the stadium was led by the Salinas High A Capella Choir to sing the National Anthem, Salinas City School District Superintendent Martha Martinez and Salinas Union High School District Superintendent Dan Burns welcomed the students and dignataries, which included Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, Salinas Police Chief Adele Frese, Supervisor Luis Alejo, State Senator Anna Caballero, and Alisal Union School District Trustee Noemi Armenta. Dr. Jairo Arellano, Assistant Superintendent of Whole Child Education, represented Alisal USD. 

Aurora R., a sixth grade student from Steinbeck Elementary, and Renata A, also a sixth grader at Bardin Elementary, were recognized during the event for having won the essay and the sticker contest, respectively. Aurora read her entry in front of the entire stadium. It was great to see how respectful all the students were of these hard working students. 

Student reading essay

After the "battle of the bands" and the Salinas High cheerlead squad, all students brought to the field shields representing their schools. Then everyone repeated the "upstanders pledge" promisiing to be nice and to stand up to defend others. 

Salinas police chief reading upstander's pledge

After the event was over, State Senator Anna Caballero stopped for a chat with our Drumline and congratulated them for their discipline and their commitment to their art.

"I'm really proud of you, guys," she told them. 

Anna Caballero with Alisal drumline

For more photos of the event, click here