“Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself”
- Maya Angelou
Every day about 8 people in the United States are killed in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
In the U.S. in 2018, over 2,800 people were killed and an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
About 1 in 5 of the people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2018 were not in vehicles―they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside a vehicle.
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Consider activating the "do not disturb" setting on your phone to automatically engage when you are driving. Your life, or the life of someone else is worth the wait.
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
- Harvey MacKay
Personal Safety—Be Prepared
By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself and also discourage those who commit crimes.
While Waiting for a Bus
On Board Buses
Finally, if a crime does occur...REPORT IT! Everyone should consider it his or her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals develop favorite areas for committing crime, as well as predictable methods of operation. When you report all the facts about a crime, it helps the police assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur, and your report may help prevent a crime from reoccurring. In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. So tell the police as much as you can; no fact is too trivial. The police need the eyes and ears of all citizens.
**At least half of the crimes in the Unites States go unreported, either because people don't think the police can do anything about it, or because people don't want to get involved. If you don't report a crime, this allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.**
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THANK YOU to John and Sheila Costanzo, Stonefield Properties LLC for donating an office space to The Matt Garcia Foundation.
Matt talked a lot about our beautiful city of Fairfield being such a great place to live. He emphasized the uniqueness of Fairfield's proximity being located halfway between San Francisco and halfway between Sacramento.
Matt loved downtown Fairfield and always saw its potential.
Now, thank you to the Costanzo's, we have an office at 719 Texas Street, Ste. C in beautiful downtown Fairfield. We are looking forward to collaborating with Fairfield to help bring more amazing events to our community and our downtown.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning. PBL contrasts with paper-based, rote memorization, or teacher-led instruction that presents established facts or portrays a smooth path to knowledge by instead posing questions, problems or scenarios. Read more about PBL.
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Does PBL intrigue you? Check out the Matt Garcia Career & College Academy to learn more about their program and whether its right for you.
Matt Garcia Career and College Academy is named after Matt Garcia; a well-respected Fairfield City Council member, who was tragically murdered in 2008. Matt was a product of the FSUSD schools. He was a visible presence, and powerful role model for many of Fairfield and Suisun’s school age students. The school opened on October 18, 2010 and draws students from throughout the Fairfield and Suisun areas. Matt Garcia Career & College Academy (MGCCA) is a small school of choice, with a family environment, focused on social service and college and community partnerships. This is a 6th through 8th grade program with an emphasis on Project-Based Learning and course offerings, such as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). MGCCA focuses on preparing all students for both college and career. With a student body of approximately 200 diverse students, classes in all grades remain smaller than the district average in order to meet the needs of all students and to know every student by name and by need. The mission of MGCCA reads, "As a family of supportive staff, we provide rigorous curriculum, student-centered learning environments, and relevant project-driven curriculum". Additionally, MGCCA is home to the Matt Garcia Foundation, a local non-profit organization focused on providing opportunities for at-risk students and their families.
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