June, 2021
Congratulations Class of 2021
Sophia Love Newcomer
“I was at the hospital after Sophia was born. She has been apart of our family her entire life. At times our daughters would babysit her and her sister, Irie. And now here she is graduating from Fairfield High School. We are so very proud of Sophia and wish nothing but the greatest success and happiness for her.” -Teresa Courtemanche
Sakina Ali
Sakina Ali is one of our Board members who is graduating this year. She will be graduating from the University of California Davis with a B.A in Communication Studies while also minoring in Religious Studies. With her experience with the Foundation and finishing up her B.A she hopes to find a job in non-profit management. 
Briana Esquivias
Briana Esquivias graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from Sacramento State University. She earned a degree in Liberal Studies for K-8 Education, with a concentration in Multicultural Studies. The pre-credential program helped prepare her to teach diverse learners and increased her love for both teaching and learning.
As a first generation college student, graduating from college is an experience that is increasingly special to her and that she is very grateful for. She also feels grateful for the support of her parents, family, friends, and boyfriend throughout her time in college.
Next, she plans to partake in a teaching credential program to help her become closer to her ultimate goal of being an elementary school teacher.
Assist-A-Grad Scholarship Winners
The Assist-A-Grad Scholarship Foundation aims to support graduating high school seniors from the Fairfield-Suisun-Travis communities by connecting them with scholarship donors. The Matt Garcia Foundation offers the Keep the Dream Alive Scholarship through this organization each year. 
This year, we awarded the following high school seniors with scholarships:
• Leonardo Cairo of Fairfield High School
• Anysia Callejo of Rodriguez High School
• Dhanoa Gulnar of Rodriguez High School
• Ainsley Littlefield of Vanden High School
• Huy Nguyen of Fairfield High School
• Jeremia Washington of Fairfield High School
• Karly Welch of Fairfield High School
We were glad to learn the lives, passions, and goals of these students. The students awarded have positively contributed to their schools and communities in their own ways. Their contributions and desires for our community left us feeling inspired and hopeful for the future of our community. We congratulate them and wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Solano County Library
June 1 to July 31, 2021

It’s easy to participate.
Beginning June 1, sign up @ Solanolibrary.com or stopped by your local library. Everyone who signs up will receive a book bag. Earn virtual badges and prizes. To complete the challenge you have options. Read 15 books or read for 15 hours or complete 15 activities. The summer reading challenge is open to all ages.
For more information visit Solanolibrary.com
California Conservation Corps
Get paid while you train
  • Immediate openings at the CCC Solano Center in Fairfield
  • Get certification and hands on experience
  • Learn skills from trail building to forestry and more
  • Can lead to a career with CAL FIRE, U.S Forest Service, and more

For more information:
Call 800-952-5627 or
Visit ccc.ca.gov
Last Saturday of the Month
Community Day Clean-up
June 26, 2021 @ 9:00am – 11:00am
Located 'on the green' at the corner of Jefferson & Texas Streets
Fairfield, CA 94533
To protect your health and slow the spread of the coronavirus, we will be follow the most recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control.
  • If you are sick in any way, DO NOT come out to the cleanup.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from everyone you encounter, even if you are wearing a mask.
  • ALWAYS wear gloves.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Unfortunately, you may find used gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) among litter. DO NOT PICK UP ANY PPE without a grabber.
The Matt Garcia Foundation will provide gloves, grabbers and buckets for collecting the trash.
For more information visit www.FFINEST.org

To receive updated information on volunteering opportunities, sign up for our text alerts. Text: 81010 | Enter: @mgfv
Safety Tips
Ways to Stay Cool During Hot Summer Days

Make sure you are wearing and sleeping in the right fabric. Cotton sheets and cotton clothing is your best bet because it allows your body room to breathe and it provides better wicking than something that is polyester, silk or spandex.

Wet a towel and make it your best friend. A wet, cold towel or even hand-towel or wash cloth can be amazing for keeping cool. Periodically dab it all over your body and sit in front of a fan.

Drink plenty of water. You will stay cooler if you give your body something to sweat. Plain water is the best thing you can drink on a day that is sweltering. It will keep your core temperature down, too.

Take cool baths or showers. If you can, take a cool bath or shower when you start to feel very over-heated. It will bring your body’s temperature down and you will find relief.

Place ice in front of a fan for a cooler air blowing at you. If you have milk jugs or 2 liter bottles, wash them out and fill with water to freeze. Make sure you have backups so you can switch them out when one starts to melt.

Don’t turn on the stove or oven and skip the dryer. These appliances heat up your house more than you may think. Instead, make cold meals like sandwiches or salads. I also like to use my slow cooker a lot in the summer because it doesn’t heat up the house and it doesn’t require me to stand in a hot kitchen. Use the heat outside to line dry your clothes.

Open your windows when it is cool and shut all blinds and windows when it is hot. If you don’t let too much heat in, you won’t have to get rid of it later.
Apply cold compresses to your pulse points if you feel like you are getting over-heated and feeling ill. These areas are the groin, neck, behind your knees and forehead.

Stay in the dark. If you can, try not to run any light sources. This little bit of heat that light bulbs give off can add up if all your lights are on at home.
Some Inspiring Words...
Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
 -Dr. Seuss
“Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.”
- Mattie Stepanek
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Everyday we learn something new. Take life as a test and shoot for a better score each day… It doesn’t have to be an “A” the next day,
but let’s hope it improves.
-Matt Garcia
P.O. Box 3301
Fairfield, CA 94533

DIRECT: 707.372.4160
Keep the Dream Alive
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