BCSD Opens Fourth Wellness Center

April 17, 2019 -Bakersfield City School District hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its newest wellness center located at Stella Hills Elementary at 3800 Jewett Avenue.  The event was held on April 9, 2019 and welcomed district board members, district staff and administration, local dignitaries, community members, and families.

The Jewett Wellness Center is the fourth of its kind to be opened at BCSD to better serve the students of the district with health related needs.  The district opened the doors of three other wellness centers during the 2016-2017 school year.  Since their opening, these centers have provided services more than 8,000 student during more than 13,000 visits.

Lillian Tafoya, President of the Board of Education, spoke about the importance of BCSD’s wellness centers, “Education, health and safety are all primary purposes of why our school district exists.  The reality is that a lot of our students don’t have access to health care because we do have a large population that is economically disadvantaged.  So we are very, very pleased to add a fourth wellness center to serve our students, because there is a great need.  If the kids aren’t healthy, then they can’t learn, and that is why we offer these services.”

Malachi Diaz, a 5th grade student at Stella Hills, “I am excited about this wellness center, because I am tired of going to the hospital and having to stay there for a long time.  My asthma is really bad, and now I don’t have to go home for an hour or more for a breathing treatment, I can just walk over and take care of it here.”

The event featured a short program, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and tours of the new facility. For more information, call 661.631.6895.

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