A group of high school students are not only earning community service hours for school as they volunteer at Ramona Library, but they are learning responsibilities as well.
“What we’re trying to do is prepare them for leadership roles,” Ramona Library Branch Manager Ellie Slade said of the Teen Action Council (TAC) program.
“These are life skills…we treat it like a job,” added librarian Charlotte King-Mills.
Youngsters participating in the Ramona Boys & Girls Club end-of-summer Our Town project combined creativity with entrepreneurial skills as they studied business and economics and then designed their own businesses around a theme.
Participants created three restaurants and chose the countries they wanted their restaurants to represent. After deciding which restaurant and country they preferred, they got busy researching the country’s cuisine online and selected menus. They also designed the restaurant’s entry banner and decor.
“Job interviews were conducted and each member had a different role within the restaurant,” said Simone McCune, supervisor of the Ramona Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego. “Some worked in the kitchen preparing plates of food while others were waiters/waitresses, cashiers and cleaning crew.”
The youngsters each had a scheduled shift, and, when they weren’t working, they were free to spend “Club Bucks” at the restaurant of their choice, said McCune.
“All earnings were divided amongst the restaurant employees, and members had the opportunity to bid on items in a prize auction,” noted McCune. “The restaurant that generated the most revenue had more to spend.”
Community members also participated and graded the restaurants on food quality, customer service and atmosphere.
“Every year, members strive to make their restaurants better than the year before, and the youth and counselors alike enjoy the chance to be creative as well as to learn business skills,” said McCune.
In addition, the young
Ramona teen stars in production
Art Animates Life is partnering with California State University San Marcos, the San Marcos Arts Council and the San Marcos Community Foundation to bring the historical stage production, “Passage Into Fear,” to San Marcos’ Connors Hall.
To underscore the play’s historical accuracy, history and social science teachers are encouraged to assign attending the show as extra credit. A copy of the play is available to any teacher upon request.
The Ramona Pop Warner Dawg Pound Team Black (Jr. Pee Wee) secured a win versus Oceanside Pirates on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Wilson field.
The score was 28-0 halfway through the second quarter. Cameron Dingman and Josh Johnson each scored two touchdowns.
Gabriel Munoz made two successful field goals. Colin Nungesser and Blake McIntyre made successful catches achieving first downs, and Josiah Bowman and Jay Friend Jr. had a strong running game.
Quarterback Brayden Nungesser led the team to its first victory in its first game of the season. Peyton Silva, Chance Mattson, Cole Mattson, George Cohen, Dillon Contreras, Reese Lucero and Nicolas Driscoll had many impressive tackles that added to the team’s win and held the Pirates to a zero score, said head coach Manny Lutz.
“This team has talent and works hard, but most importantly has fun,” said Lutz.
Sep 2 2014 | Posted in Sports
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Signups for the 2014-2015 Ramona AWANA club will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church and at Mountain Valley Community Church.
This international program geared for ages 3 through 18 helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ, states the signup announcement.
Programs are designed for various age groups. They meet weekly and offer a proven approach for evangelizing and disciplining youngsters in the church and community, the statement continued.
•Adult Volunteer Information Meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., Mountain Valley Community Church Main Sanctuary, 1191 Meadowlark. Adults invited to come and find out how they can serve.
•Teen Glimpse Information Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m., Mountain Valley Community Church. Free dinner, testimonies. Get two hours of community service credits each week while serving others.
•Leaders Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m., Mountain Valley Community Church.
•Signups: Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mountain Valley Community Church and Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Place.
•First Club night, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:20 to 8:20 p.m. at Mountain Valley Community Church and Grace Community Church.
The program runs each week from September through May with breaks for Christmas and Easter.
For more information, see RamonaAwana.org online or call club commanders Kevin and Veronica Springfield at 760-788-7751.
Aug 23 2014 | Posted in Youth
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Less than a month after one skateboard park group dropped its efforts, another stepped up as torchbearer and will hold an information meeting for the public on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
The meeting will be in Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The town’s new skatepark proponents are the Ramona Skatepark Champions. They met with members of the Friends of the Lakeside Skatepark last Monday and held an executive meeting last Tuesday to discuss what they had learned and to focus their efforts, said Dwight Webster, the group’s media spokesperson.
“Who we are, what we know so far and what we plan to do” will be among discussion topics at the public meeting, said Webster. They will provide some history of previous skatepark efforts in town and outline what they want to do now and in the future.
Dustin wasn’t finished scoring for the day. He added another goal in the team’s second game against Temecula United. Jimmy Cheney and PJ Scholl added goals to give Ramona a 3-1 win.
Sunday morning pitted the Ramona team against LA Galaxy South Bay. LA Galaxy got a break with a penalty kick that resulted in a goal and carried the team to a 2-1 win over Ramona. Emerson Fuentes put Ramona’s only goal into the net.
Despite the loss, Ramona qualified for the finals Sunday evening. Once again, Intra players faced LA Galaxy South Bay, giving them a chance to avenge their loss earlier in the day.
Aug 13 2014 | Posted in Sports
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Mike Jones, a 2014 Ramona High School graduate, competed in the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City, Mo., finishing 20th among students nationwide in the field of motorcycle service technology.
A highlight of the competition, Jones said, was working on a motorcycle radio/entertainment system “because that’s what I excelled at.”
The SkillsUSA conference, held in the Kansas City Convention Center, drew 6,000 students from across the country who competed in trade, technical, and leadership fields.
Aug 11 2014 | Posted in Youth
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Ramona teenager Brandon Arthur, known as The Stinger in the off road racing world, captured his first career Pro Lite win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino.
Arthur, 18, has been moving up through the ranks in his rookie season in Pro Lite. In round 10 of the Aug. 1 and 2 race in San Bernardino, he put it all together with a convincing win over a field of top-notch racers.
Most of the tracks Arthtur has raced on this season were new to him, but he had raced at Glen Helen before and had an opportunity to test there weeks before the race. The testing paid off.
Aug 11 2014 | Posted in Sports
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A 6-year-old Ramona boy credited with saving his grandmother’s life was the center of attention at a dinner in his honor at Ramona Fire Station 81.
Xavier Mumaw seemed more interested in the pizza and personal tour of the fire equipment and ambulance he received from the station’s crew than in all the attention showered on him.