In his first nine days as superintendent, Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila has already made a lasting impression with his new Rialto school district family and the community.
A few days after starting the new school year July 1, Avila headed his first management conference with one goal in mind for RUSD, “Leading Through Service.”
During the event held July 9 at Rialto Middle School, Avila announced he wanted to reconnect the school district with the larger community through “walking the walk” rather than “talking the talk.” Instead of keeping things within the event’s doors, he encouraged the group of about 150 to go out into the community and perform “random acts of kindness.”
And they all took charge.
Groups composed of 10 took the reigns of Avila’s request and put serving to action by helping beautify parts of the city from cleaning up graffiti to planting gardens and even helping tidy up the library.
Avila’s team handed out flowers in vases donated by Home Depot to some residents at Rialto Senior Center that could use a cheerful visit and a friendly hello. The gesture was emotional for both RUSD staff and residents, he said.
“As a district, our role is to serve and what better way to do so than to actually put that into action,” said Avila. “In order for the district to be a successful team, together we must focus on leadership and guide by example. It’s much bigger than just having a job in the office or being behind a desk. What’s done inside and outside of the classroom makes a big difference and getting to know and help the community is vital and where impact can be made that will ultimately end up improving our classrooms. Taking a serving approaching to things will help funnel energy and resources back to our schools, classrooms and ultimately our students.”
“Paying it forward” was not expected to be limited to the conference, however. Avila concluded the event by encouraging the group to continue the effort of service and inspire others to do the same. By doing so, he emphasized, the acts would not only create a better Rialto today, but an even better tomorrow throughout.