About Our School / Nuestra Escuela
Our School Accountabilty Report Card (SARC) information issued Spring 2011 for Academic Year 2009-10.
Información sobre escuela Chávez: Informe de Responsabilidad Escolar(SARC) publicada en primavera del 2011 para el año escolar 2009-10.
Opened in 1997, César Chávez Elementary School is named after farm worker labor leader César Chávez who organized the United Farm Workers (UFW) in 1965. The UFW helped farmworkers get better pay and better working conditions. Chavez worked in the fields until 1952, when he became an organizer for the Community Service Organization (CSO), a Latino civil rights group. He was hired and trained by Fred Ross as an organizer targeting police brutality. Chavez urged Mexican Americans to register and vote, and he traveled throughout California and made speeches in support of workers' rights. He later became CSO's national director in 1958.
On September 8, 1994, Chavez was presented posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. The award was received by his widow, Helen Chavez.
César Chávez said, “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”