Fernandes has a positive impact

By From page A6 | October 16, 2012

From the pitch to the diamond to the classroom, Alan Fernandes has provided the excitement and care necessary to motivate and provide opportunities for children at all levels. The greatest compliment a coach or a teacher can receive is when one of these children, who is now an adult, remembers the lessons, directions or the care that was provided to them and the positive impact it had on them.

I had the opportunity to meet with some of these individuals recently who were a part of a program that Alan Fernandes was a major part of, where they were able to express their gratitude for the opportunity they were given and the tools they were provided to make a positive change in their lives.

In what began as a three-way conversation between the school district, police and probation departments, a concept of outreach for students with hope was formed to meet the respective needs of each entity. For the school district, there was a need to provide students with additional academic support and to infuse lessons in essential life skills.

The city was experiencing an increase in daytime crime and the Police Department wanted to have its resource officers involved with students in a friendly environment. The Probation Department also wanted to provide support to the students and their families in an environment other than their offices.

This conversation was the beginning of a program called ProED. Alan became a part of this conversation. An idea without a lot of substance was handed over to Alan and his partner. They heard what the needs were and designed and implemented a program to meet the needs of these students with hope.

The community needs school board members who will listen, build consensus and provide leadership to make our great schools even better. Please join me on Nov. 6 and elect Alan Fernandes to the Davis school board.

Shelton Yip

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