SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Four schools in San Diego County have been selected to receive funding for a federal program to make more fresh fruit and vegetables available to students.
According to the state Department of Education, the awardees are: - America's Finest Charter School, which will receive $860 initially and another $8,649 on Oct. 1;
- Libby Elementary School in the Oceanside Unified School District, $2,835 to start and $28,513 on Oct. 1;
- Alvin M. Dunn Elementary School in the San Marcos Unified School District, $3,500 and $35,202; and
- San Marcos Elementary School in the San Marcos Unified School District, $4,410 and $44,354.
"Students who don't have enough nutritious food to eat can have a tough time succeeding in school," said Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction. "Not only will these grants provide fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary school kids, they will also help the local economy by encouraging schools to buy produce from local farmers."
Nearly 350 schools in California were picked to participate after submitting competitive grant proposals and will get a total of $11.1 million, according to the CDE.
The program is designed to provide students with a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks as a supplement to the school breakfast and lunch programs, and to teach them about good nutrition.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
Two people were killed in head-on crash, as the driver of a stolen car sped away from deputies and veered into oncoming traffic near Pauma Valley Sunday.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.