2019 Crystal Tower Award Recipients
Kern Family Farm
For more than 15 years Hansel Kern has donated his time and monetary resources to create an incredible garden for the students at North Fork Elementary School to work in every Friday. Students tend to various areas in the garden such as the green house, vineyard, fruit trees, and garden crops. The garden now grows produce that is used in the cafeteria salad bar.
Camarena Health recently built a school based health center on the Madera South High School’s campus. They also provide opportunities for students including job shadowing, health career days, equipment donations, and has provided funds and resources to help Madera Unified focus on mental health issues.
Local Businesses Receive Awards for School Partnerships.
Camarena Health and Kern Family Farm each received a Crystal Tower Award August 27 at the 16th Annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon hosted by the Madera County Compact. The two businesses were recognized for their partnerships with Madera County schools in front of more than 160 business and community leaders.
Both businesses exemplify the Madera County Compact’s mission, “Working in partnership with education to prepare young people for the increasing demands of society and the workplace.”
“The dedication and heart that Camarena Health and Kern Family Farms have for our students and the community is well beyond the normal partnership relationship,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools. “They have become integrated into the fabric of the school system such that our students see possibilities for the future will real time experiences now teaching the value of work and the knowledge necessary to be good stewards of their community now.”
The luncheon highlighted the exceptional student work Madera County has to offer. Many high schools in Madera County contributed to the success of the luncheon. Minarets High School’s choir show band sang for the guests and Madera High School’s Public Safety Academy students presented the flag. Yosemite Union High School students created table centerpieces and Pioneer Technical Center students acted as servers. A video featuring the Crystal Tower Award recipients was produced by the Madera South High School video production class. The video was shown preceding the acceptance of the awards.
Angel Reyna, the new president of the Madera Community College Center presented information on the current state of the Madera Center and future goals for the campus.
The luncheon was hosted by the Madera County Compact and was held at the office of the Madera County Superintendent of Schools. It was sponsored by Camarena Health, Educational Employees Credit Union, Madera County Superintendent of Schools, The Specialty Crop Company, Agriland, First 5 Madera County, and California Health Sciences University.