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Community Programs

The District has a number of model programs and partnerships in place to support students.  Examples include the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program, the Young Scientists Program at the Chula Vista Nature Center, Junior Achievement, and the Exercise the Dream Program at the Olympic Training Center. The City of Chula Vista also partners in many District activities.

For information about the City's Public Library services, click here.

For information about CVESD Living Coast Discovery Center programs, click here.

The San Diego County Library's calendar of events includes information on hundreds of free programs at its 33 community locations, including the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library.

Safe Routes to School

The purpose of the federal Safe Routes to School Program is to get more children to walk and bicycle to school. It is a movement that aims to make everyday “walk to school day.”  More children walking means they are more physically active and there are environment benefits as well because of the reduced traffic congestion.

Safe Routes to Schools works by organizing Task Forces at each school, which in turn organize events and contests, and assist with promotion and facilitation of walking to school. Local “Task Forces” work together with law enforcement and city officials to map the routes to schools and make the routes physically safer. The program also includes education for pedestrian safety skills.

Learn how Safe Routes to School programs and policies increase physical activity opportunities and increase pedestrian safety from the experts: Lisa Cirill, Acting Chief of California Active Communities; Ted Link-Oberstar, a Safe Routes to School Parent Advocate; and Melissa Minas, Program Manager for the Chula Vista Elementary School District. To view their video workshop, produced in partnership with the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and California Active Communities, click here.

Participating CVESD Schools

The following schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District are actively participating in the Safe Routes program:
Ella B. Allen, Arroyo Vista Charter, Joseph Casillas, Chula Vista Hills, Heritage, Liberty, Loma Verde, Corky McMillin, Olympic View, Otay, Palomar, Lilian J. Rice, Fred H. Rohr, Salt Creek, and Valley Vista.


Here is an example of an activity implemented to promote “Safe Routes To School”:  Walking School Bus (see photo at left). 

Get Involved

For information on forming a “Safe Routes to School” Program at your school, please contact Melissa Minas, SRTS Project Manager, at 619-425-9600 x1515 or email
Please visit the website for the National Center for Safe Routes to School:


 Neighborhood Pace Car Program

CVESD’s "Neighborhood Pace Car" program encourages parents to drive 25 miles per hour and facilitate "traffic calming" during peak traffic hours.This program brings valuable partner resources in support of carrying out objectives. The Chula Vista Community Collaborative provides the 'Promotoras' to work with our school communities. The Community Collaborative is the umbrella organization for a number of programs and committees, notably serving as the infrastructure for a network of Family Resource Centers in the South County.

Walk San Diego provides the technical training to the Promotoras, a cadre a trained parent leaders. WalkSanDiego is a recognized leader in its field. Its training and support are key to the education, encouragement and enforcement efforts that are built into our project design.









































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