Celebrating our healthy community partnerships
By Dr. Michael Babb, Ed.D.
Ventura Unified School District Superintendent
Every year Ventura Unified School District and its community partners host Summerfest, a celebration of our Ventura’s commitment to health and well-being. More than 8,000 people converge on the Education Services Center for a day of outdoor events that promote physical activity and the benefits of living an active, healthy life.
The celebration offers a variety of activities intended to appeal to people of all ages and fitness levels, including a middle school 3K (a little under two miles) fun run, fitness challenges, live performances, a fun zone, health screenings, and more, all at no cost. Vendors and food trucks also are on hand to round out a day of fun and fitness.
Accommodating 8,000 energetic guests for a day of fun in the sun is no easy feat, and organizers would not be able to pull off a successful Summerfest without solid partnerships between the Ventura Unified School District and a whole host of volunteers. These include the Ventura Education Partnership (VEP), the City of San Buenaventura, as well as VUSD staff, parents and students. The district also enjoys the solid support of sponsors, including Title Sponsor Mountains 2 Beach Marathon, Flagship Sponsors Community Memorial Health System and Kaiser Permanente, and Gold Sponsors VC Health Care Agency, First 5 of Ventura County and AERA.
This year’s event is slated for Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Education Services Center, 255 West Stanley Ave. On behalf of our community partners, I invite you to join us for a great day of fun and movement in the outdoors. See you there.