Walk to School Day Oct 8th

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:57 PM by Laverne Buckman

Walking routes to school
Map of starting points in San Miguel to walk to school

All students and parents are invited to walk to school by meeting at designated starting points in San Miguel between 7:30 (Father Reginald Park) and 7:45 am on Wednesday, October 8th. Walking students will be treated to a healthy breakfast when they arrive at school for FREE! All student walkers who register get a special goody bag filled with fun items including jump ropes, water bottles, frisbees and a re useable shopping bag. Students who cannot walk to school may walk around the track during lunch to be eligible for a goody bag. This special walk day is dedicated to:

  • Increasing physical activity in students, which can combat a host of health problems facing kids today.
  • Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can help reduce air pollution.
  • Walking to school emphasizes the importance for safe sidewalks, crosswalks, railroad crossing and other walking paths around San Miguel.

*Download a flyer with map for starting points and complete details to join the fun! Or call Vanessa at 805.788.2718.
Volunteers that helped to organize are from: the San Miguel Resource Connection, Public Health Department, HEAL-SLO, San Miguel Fire Department, Heritage Oaks Bank, San Miguel PTO, and faculty/the principal from Lillian Larsen Elementary. Army members from Camp Roberts and Volunteer Firefighters will also walk with the kids in the morning.  The CHP will be parked on Mission Street to remind drivers to use caution. Thanks go to our generous contributors:  The SLO County Community Foundation, HEAL-SLO, Lillian Larsen School, San Miguel Resource Connection, SLO Public Health Department, Walmart, Food4Less, Spencers, Trader Joes, Target, Sears and Lillian Larsen PTO.

Help From State Employees

United Way logo
San Miguel Resource Connection partners with United Way
Contributions can be made to the San Miguel Resource Connection until October 31st through the California State Employees Charitable Campaign! The charitable campaign was established in 1957 to provide a single fund raising event throughout California for non-profits. Employees are provided a payroll deduction pledge form as well as a guide provided by the United Way, listing participating charities.
Donations to the San Miguel Resource Connection from state employees will strengthen our existing services and help us to expand our outreach efforts. Learn more about our dynamic programs on the About Us page.
Find the San Miguel Resource Connection in the Donor Guide on page 58, Organization Code Number 24018. For more information call Paula at 805-226-0225. Thank you for your support!

Weekend Gardener Opens

Weekend Gardener photos
Photos of new business in downtown San Miguel - photos by Leila Harrington
Garden plants and supplies can now be purchased in downtown San Miguel! The Weekend Gardener has a large selection of native plants, succulents, cooking herbs and bedding plants. Garden supplies and decor are also stocked. They will carry bare root roses and trees during the winter months.  If they don’t have something, they can get it. The family owned business is an enterprise by Jeff Simpson, Leila Harrington and Austin Harrington.
The Weekend Gardener is open from:
10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Call Leila at 805-712-7354 for more information.

Groups Join to Beautify Park

San Miguel civic groups pose for photo together
Members of the San Miguel Lions, Seniors, Volunteer Firefighters, Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West join together to provide picnic tables. - photo taken by Pres Meyers
Richard Smithen rounded up several civic groups in San Miguel to join their resources to buy and install 4 beautiful new picnic tables in the Father Reginald Park next door to Mission San Miguel. The tables were dedicated by the participating groups on Thursday, September 18th. An engraved metal plaque will be installed on each table to represent the donors: San Miguel Seniors, San Miguel Lions, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters and the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West San Miguel Parlors.
New picnic table at Father Reginald Park
A group enjoys trying out the new picnic table
The tables are vinyl coated steel and cost over $600 each. The San Miguel Lions hosted a delicious hamburger BBQ with root beer floats at the Lions Den for all those attending immediately after the dedication.
The Native Sons of the Golden West provide all the park's maintenance and plan to plant more trees and are looking for a 1947 Howitzer to display and honor our military servicemen. If you can help please contact Richard at 805-467-2966.

New Support Services
in San Miguel

Community Support services through portable RV
Portable Support Center parks in San Miguel - photo by George Dodge
The LINK has opened the San Miguel Community Support Center in cooperation with the San Miguel Resource Connection working closely with the San Miguel School District. Funding is through a 3 year grant by the SLO County Community Foundation.
Numerous resources are available through the center including children's health insurance enrollment, clothing, immunizations, counseling and referrals.
Walk-ins are welcome! A bi-lingual Family Advocate keeps office hours at the portable support center while parked at Lillian Larsen School:
Monday and Friday 9 am to Noon
Tuesday and Thursday 1 to 4:30 pm

The Family Advocate provides in-home support by identifying a client's specific need and then coordinating services. Read the brochure for complete details or contact Family Advocate, Diana Resendez at 805-712-5327.

Trophies on Display!

Photo of new trophy cases
Brad Forde of Butthead Builders recently finished building two new award and trophy cases for Lillian Larsen School. The cases are installed in the foyer of the Don Wolf Recreation Center and ready to be filled with past sports trophies. North County Glass donated the glass and Brad donated his labor, lumber and brackets to build the cases.
The project was organized by parent Susan Moore and physical education teacher Eileen Rogers. San Miguel teacher Jill Heilmann held a school art contest to create the backdrop to the handsome new case. Matthew Roberson won the contest with his drawing of a hornet, the school mascot, and also did the final painting with help from Mrs. Heilmann and friends. The trophy case can be seen at Back to School night on September 18th.
Butthead Builders is a general building contractor specializing in custom cabinetry and house remodeling. Brad stated he built the cases for the students to have a nice place to display and be proud of their awards. He felt it was something nice he could do for the community.