14 Ways to Celebrate Your Child's Graduation During COVID-19
Whether your child is a high school senior or moving on from preschool or kindergarten, graduation is a major milestone. Our friends in Connecticut ( think Stew Leonards, YUM), have some great ideas to make graduation special even though the big day will now likely be celebrated at home.
- Adopt a senior: Make sure graduates feel extra special by organizing an Adopt-a-Senior event! Residents can choose a graduate to shower with notes of appreciation, flowers and small gifts.
- Create a virtual "kudos board": This is a great idea for graduates of all ages. Create an online "group card" filled with messages, GIFs, videos and photos. Kudoboard.com is a popular website just for this purpose, or you can create a shared virtual document another way - Trello, Google Drive, Slack, Zoho, Microsoft OneNote or something else. Whatever platform you use, invite family, friends, teachers and others to write special messages, share fond memories and celebrate your graduate.
- Organize a photo shoot: Get together with friends to hire a professional photographer and organize a socially distant photoshoot for graduates in their caps and gowns. If your school district is not providing the graduation gear, you can order it online or be creative and make your own!
- Organize a car parade: On what should have been their graduation day, have your child and their friends decorate cars and slowly drive around the neighborhood honking and celebrating. Or invite friends and family to drive (and honk!) by your house in honor of your graduate.
- Decorate your front door with photos: Create a large collage of photos of your graduate through the years, and use it to wallpaper the front door of your house. If a full-door collage is a bit too ambitious, try displaying a smaller photo frame, a photo wreath or even a balloon arc.
- Collect achievements: Put together a scrapbook of your graduate's top achievements over the years.
- Display a yard sign: Your school district may coordinate a yard sign distribution for graduates; if not, you can always search online to order a special sign to honor your graduate.
- Plan a graduation-themed dinner: Prepare your graduate's favorite meal and have the whole family dress up for the occasion - with your graduate in full cap and gown attire, of course. Have each family member present your graduate with a "diploma" filled with favorite memories.
- Bake a cake: This is easy and fun! Bake a cake from scratch with your graduate and decorate it.
- Create a graduation chair: Decorate your graduate's chair at the kitchen table to make them feel extra special for a day, a week or even longer.
- Circulate a graduation announcement: While a party is out of the question, now's a good time to remind family and friends that your child is about to graduate, in case they want to send a card or gift to mark the occasion.
- Produce a video: Have friends and family submit short videos full of well wishes for your graduate. Feeling creative? Use a video production app to edit them all together.
- Organize a virtual party: Bring all of the important people in your child's life together in a way that follows social distancing! Send a festive invitation with the meeting ID or link. Encourage guests to wear grad-themed attire and prop up decorations in their background. And pick an activity - like speeches, karaoke or recreating the latest TikTok dances - to get everyone engaged.
- Organize a graduation ceremony at home: Keep it simple but special! Organize a ceremony complete with a senior speech, homemade diploma, and commencement address from mom or dad looking back at highlights through the years. Invite family and friends to tune in via video chat.
Graduation this year may not look the way any of us planned. But with a little creativity, you can honor your child's accomplishments, bring together the important people in their life, and focus on celebrating. Congratulations, graduates!
About the Connecticut Children's Medical Center
The Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children's hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children's hospitals in the nation, they foster a patient- and family-centered environment with a focus on research, education and advocacy.
Connecticut Children's serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory.
The history of Connecticut Children's spans more than 100 years. Founded as a 10-bed hospital for children who suffered incurable conditions like cerebral palsy, spina bifida and polio, Connecticut Children's is now one of only two freestanding children's hospitals in New England and the only freestanding children's hospital in Connecticut.
Limoneira Partners with Interns from Global Trade Central Coast
Over the years, Limoneira has benefited from several young and eager minds through various internship programs. This is a valuable exercise- sharing projects and endeavors with students provides new perspectives and critical thinking. Limoneira was fortunate this past spring to partner with Global Trade Central Coast and we benefited from the recommendations that our two interns, Hai Trieu Tod Ta (Todd), and Troy White shared with us on our Fresh Focus™ office and home fresh citrus delivery program. Our thanks to Todd and Troy and also to Adilene Polis, Brandon Church and Kristin St. Cyr from Global Trade.
California is a global trade and logistics powerhouse, with 2017 exports hitting $171.9 billion in American-made goods, the majority of which were manufactured products. It's estimated that more than 800,000 jobs are supported by California's exporting and importing of goods and services, licensing of technology and intellectual property, and investments across international boundaries - including logistics, finance, marketing and management of business processes to support trade.
According to Adilene Polis, Regional Director and Project Director,
Global Trade is an area of tremendous growth, especially in the Los Angeles region. Some of the largest areas of growth are in technology, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and e-commerce. Each of these areas is experiencing a shortage of workers and have a large number of international customers.
Over the next five years, more than 21,430 new job openings will be created. Additionally, the industry will need more than 69,910 replacement workers.
Hai Trieu Tod Ta
(Todd) has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. Originally from Vietnam, Todd studying international Business at Moorpark College.
Troy White is from Ventura and is studying Business Marketing at Moorpark College and plans to transfer to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
This Isn't Your Grandfather's Ag... Careers In Agriculture
When people think of jobs in Agriculture, they may think of working in a packinghouse or processing center or perhaps in accounting, but Ag has changed substantially over the decades. Limoneira's original packing house was built in 1917 and our newest packinghouse was built almost 100 years later. It's loaded with the latest technology (from the control center filled with operators viewing sophisticated screens) to increasingly sophisticated optical scanners, automated bin fillers, palletizing equipment, carton formers and more.
Logistics, Global Food Safety Protocols, Deep Water Probes, Drones and advanced water and solar technology require special skill sets and training.
If you or someone you know is thinking about agriculture career options, we encourage them to browse the more than 250 career profiles at Ag Careers which were created as a resource to increase learning and understanding around the great variety of opportunities in agriculture and food.
Students can browse the career profiles and select a pathway of interest. Each Career Profile contains an overview, job responsibilities, required education, recommended high school courses, potential employers, job outlook, and professional organizations to join. There are also current career opportunities live on AgCareers.com related to each Career Profile at the bottom of their respective pages.
For more information, please visit
The AgCareers.com mission is to provide global talent solutions in agriculture and food. They strive to "Feed the World with Talent" in the industries they serve. Their passion is agriculture, demonstrated by their investment in time and resources engaging with candidates and employers in the industry. They work to build the pipeline of talent to the industry by expanding knowledge about the breadth of career opportunities in agriculture.
Limoneira Celebrates Dads and Grads with a Delicious Breakfast Sandwich and More
June is all about "Dads and Grads," and Limoneria Spokesperson Megan Roosevelt, RDN has created multiple ways to honor them and their accomplishments with delicious treats even if traditional gatherings are on hold.
For a helpful demonstration, you can watch Megan make the recipes here on the Limoneira YouTube channel. These scrumptious recipes will be added throughout the month of June, with new videos uploaded every Friday.
From a hearty Breakfast Sandwich to Lemon Almond Cookie Dough Bites, take a look at this month's great new recipes.
- a satisfying and healthy start to Dad's day!
1 Limoneira classic lemon
1 English muffin
Pinch of sea salt
2 slices turkey bacon
- In a medium saucepan, cook turkey bacon and eggs how you like.
- Toast English muffin.
- Add avocado to a bowl with sea salt and juice from half a lemon and mash with a fork.
- Assemble sandwich with avocado mash, eggs and turkey bacon.
Orange Grapefruit Juice
- a refreshing beverage to pair with the Breakfast Sandwich
1 ½ Limoneira navel oranges
½ Limoneira grapefruit
- Juice fruit and pour into a glass with ice cubes. Top with fresh mint and enjoy!
Lemon Almond Cookie Dough Bites
- Super easy tasty treats for both Dads and Grads!
1 Limoneira classic lemon
2 cups blanched almond flour
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, melt coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Add in zest and juice from half a lemon. Whisk together to combine.
- Add in almond flour and stir until dough forms.
- Roll into balls and chill in the fridge for 30+ minutes.
Don't forget to subscribe to Limoneira's YouTube Channel - additional easy, healthy recipes, as well as green living tips, can be found there.
To find out more about how you can order fresh lemons and oranges, direct from the Limoneira Ranch to your door, click here.
10 Quarantine Father's Day Ideas to Give Him the Celebration he Deserves
Amanda Garrity from Good Housekeeping notes that on a typical Father's Day, you might celebrate the father figures in your life with a fun cookout, tickets to a baseball game, or even a visit to a theme park.
This year, however, is different than most due to the coronavirus outbreak. While some states have lifted their stay-at-home orders, many local businesses are still not up-and-running, which means it's harder to follow your normal traditions like Father's Day brunch at his favorite restaurant or a matinee showing at the nearby theater. Still, your special guy - dads, grandpas, fathers-in-law, uncles, and so forth - deserves to be celebrated in a big way, which is why we've rounded up a number of Father's Day ideas that are appropriate for quarantine.
Serve a hearty brunch
Start his day with a feast fit for a king, complete with scrambled eggs, bacon, and a build-your-own bagel spread. Round out the meal with a morning cocktail because it's a holiday after all (as if you needed an excuse).
Plan a family game night
If he's a stickler about screen time, give dad what he really wants this Father's Day: quality bonding time with the whole family. Once you convince everyone to step away from their screens, battle it out over a few board games, or see how well you can work together with complicated jigsaw puzzles. Just let dad pick which game he wants to start with.
Organize a beer tasting
Just because he can't hit up his favorite craft brewery, doesn't mean he can't enjoy their offerings in the comfort of his own home. Pick up a beer tasting flight in advance, and then pour a mix of lagers, ales, and IPAS from local breweries. That way, you can support local businesses while helping him discover new favorites.
Host an outdoor movie night
Drive-in movie theaters are great and all, but can you snuggle up in your PJs and roast s'mores while you watch? Exactly. Shine a projector against a blank wall, and pick one of dad's favorite movies to watch. For a true theater experience, serve popcorn, candy, and a special after-hours drink for your #1 guy.
Laugh your way through Netflix's comedy specials
Even if you can't go to an actual comedy show, you can still laugh your day away with some of today's top comics. You're guaranteed to find something on Netflix that'll give him a good chuckle, no matter if he prefers the comedic stylings of John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Adam Sandler, or Wanda Sykes (or all of the above).
Need additional ideas?
Check out the other creative selections on
Paige Shelton- Local Teacher Explaining our Solar Orchard to her Students
Limoneira Solar Grove Field Trip
"I grew up down street on Cummings Road from Limoneira Ranch and currently still live there. I grew up walking and running in Limoneira Ranch and loved enjoying the beautiful ranch. I am currently a first year teacher at a middle school in Camarillo and my 6th grade students are learning about Environmental Science and Climate Change. Due to this distance learning, I have been trying to include local examples of the impacts on the environment as well as solutions that are taking place in our county to create energy in a way that is renewable. I took a virtual field trip to The Ventura River Preserve last week to discuss the steelhead trout and the Matilija Dam and my students loved it! I was talking with my mom and we remembered you all have a solar panel farm and thought it would be a cool video to show my students a solution that can be implemented to help decrease our carbon dioxide emissions and get energy in a renewable way."
|Making a Big Impact For Ventura County Non Profits in COVID-19 Times
During VCEDA's (Ventura County Economic Development Association) May Board meeting, Vanessa Bechtel, the CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), shared the extensive and comprehensive steps that VCCF has taken to support the thousands of people in need during these challenging times.
In collaboration with many others, the VCCF launched the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund and activated the 805 UndocuFund COVID-19 fund and immediately awarded the following grants:
- $25,000 to the Southeast Ventura County YMCA for their work in launching individual and family assistance grants available to residents meeting eligibility criteria in Ventura County.
- $25,000 to the Economic Development Collaborative to help support their direct business advising program to help local firms navigate through the economic slowdown and connect businesses with the full range of resources available, including low-cost capital.
- $25,000 to Give An Hour to provide mental health and emotional wellness needs in our community by launching daily online support groups in both English and Spanish.
- $120,000 to the Southeast Ventura County YMCA to help several hundred families with direct financial assistance grants.
- $300 to support critical programming for nonprofits on legal issues relating to COVID-19 provided by the Center for Nonprofit Leadership.
- $125,000 to Women's Economic Ventures for a 1:1 matching grant to support the Quick Response Loan Fund for micro-businesses in Ventura County. These businesses are defined as those with fewer than five employees and less than $1 million in annual revenues, and generally do not qualify for SBA Disaster Recovery Loans.
- $50,000 to the 805 UndocuFund COVID-19 Fund to provide support to undocumented immigrants during times of COVID-19.
- $60,000 to FoodSHARE for unrestricted support to support the logistics of delivering food in current circumstances and support the emergency need to purchase food for tens of thousands in our community.
$25,000 to Future Leaders of America to support staffing needs related to the 805 Undocufund. Within the first 24 hours of the application being open more than 1,700 applications were received.
- By the following morning, 300 additional applications were received. The demand is tremendous as our local service workers and farm workers respond to the impacts associated with COVID-19.
- $40,000 to Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) for general operating support to assist with a robust outreach and education effort and to ensure the indigenous community has the resources they need during COVID-19.
- VCCF donors have also activated their personal giving, supporting numerous local organizations, including Safe Passage, delivering daily meals to 200 at-risk youth, the Ventura County Rescue Mission, 805 UndocuFund, Interface Children & Family Service, and 2-1-1.
During VCEDA's board meeting, Vanessa shared that the need is unprecedented and that VCCF has received millions in requests for support and will do all that they can to help. It will take all of us collaborating together, which is why VCCF is not assessing any administrative fees and 100% of funds contributed will help those who need it most.
She also noted that she has received hundreds of emails from local community members stepping forward to help their neighbors during this time. It is heartwarming and reinforces the fact that Ventura County is a resilient and generous community.
For more information or to donate please visit VCCF.
Retail Dietitian Spotlight Kelly Thornton,
Kelly Thornton is a Nutrition Services Program Manager at H-E-B, an important grocery chain (and Limoneira customer) based in Texas. She is originally from Denton, Texas, and completed her bachelor's and dietetic internship at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. For the past ten years, she's worked in the medical industry in various capacities, most recently with Centene, a Medicare/Medicaid/ACA insurance provider, where she managed a team of RNs, RTs, CDEs, and RDs who provided telehealth services to members. During her time at Centene, she helped drive process improvement initiatives and worked on numerous program implementations and integrations. Kelly completed her MBA at the University of North Texas in 2018.
She works with regional leads and store dietitians to ensure that HEB is delivering a delightful customer experience in-store and via telehealth. She also partners with their Senior Manager, Stacy Bates, RDN, CDE to create product partnerships and collaborate with various providers.
Her advice for other RDNs or LDNs thinking about moving into a retail role is to get connected. Join professional organizations, follow companies and industry professionals on LinkedIn, and research new health and wellness trends, products, and services.
|Limoneira's Winner Block
This month our lucky winner is Carol Addington from Corpus Christi, TX.
As our monthly winner, Carol has won a Limoneira Orchard Fresh Gift.
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