From the Monterey County Weekly: The students may not agree with mom and dad all the time, but one thing is certain: Their parents are tough.
That’s what a group of students from Alisal High School learned after spending a day in their parents’ shoes. Their field trip July 31 was literally a trip to the fields – the lush Monterey County land where many of the students’ families earn their livings. And they weren’t just visiting; they were there to work.
The trip to JV Farms in Soledad was part of the Alisal Dream Academy, a fledgling nonprofit (it expects to get its tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) status this month) started by Alisal High government teacher Ruben Pizarro. The academy is a continuation of a project Pizarro began in 2008, when he brought a group of 33 students to Washington, D.C. for Obama’s first inauguration.