Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) became a Live Well San Diego partner on June 24, 2014. Serving over 16,000 students, CVUSD was awarded the 2014 Innovation in Education Award for transforming learning through production rather than consumption. They continue their efforts to enhance and enrich the supportive role of nutrition in the classroom through the CVUSD’s Child Nutrition Services Department, which serves over 12,000 lunches daily and is implementing a Farm to School program using locally grown produce. To advocate nutritious meal decisions, they participate in the Summer Feeding Program and the Childhood Obesity Initiative Farm to School Taskforce, which includes conducting a district-wide student health survey and coordinating yoga classes with the City of El Cajon Recreation Department.
In 2013, CVUSD was the recipient of a three-year Refugee School Impact Grant from the California Department of Social Services to increase attendance and decrease discipline and referrals. CVUSD also holds the distinction of having had three Safe Routes to School infrastructure updates to improve pedestrian safety at three school sites to promote walkable, active lifestyles for their students.
As a Live Well San Diego partner, CVUSD will continue making inroads in promoting student health, community engagement, and fostering positive relationships among the District staff, families and community.