Congressman Carbajal Visits Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
Source; Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
Congressman Salud Carbajal visited Santa Ynez Valley Charter School on Friday, October 8, 2021 to present a flag that had flown over the US Capitol and to share his personal story with students, parents and staff.
The event began with the presentation of the flag which was raised by 7th grade student Anthoney Lewis, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Following an introduction by Executive Director John Dewey, Congressman Carbajal addressed the school community and shared his journey to Washington, DC, from childhood as an immigrant at five years of age, to graduating from UCSB, working for Santa Barbara County and eventually stepping into politics. Following his remarks he took questions from the students which ranged from how much a congressman is paid to what kind of food is served on the plane to DC.
“Thank you for inviting me to share a few words with you about my personal story and my job as your representative in Washington. I want to recognize the teachers, staff and parents for all that they do to make sure you come to a great school such as this to learn and get the best possible education,” said Mr. Carbajal.
The Congressman also presented a Congressional Certificate in recognition of the school’s 21st year - and received a gift from Charter School student leaders; a framed photo of the whole student body.
Two Charter School families were instrumental in making the event happen. Bob Handy, grandfather of Danielle (8th), extended the invitation, and Wendy Motta, a former parent and current District Representative for Mr. Carbajal, organized the logistics.
Executive Director Dewey commented: “This visit and Congressional recognition is a testament to all the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff and parent volunteers over many years. There is so much good news to share about our school. The Congressman has helped raise our profile and instilled a renewed sense of spirit and pride. I’m so proud of everything our school has accomplished and of all the phenomenal students and families that make up our community.”