Cajon Valley students, ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ on the TEDx Stage

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Cajon Valley Union School District hosted the community’s second annual TEDxKids@ElCajon event on Saturday, April 16. Speakers included students in grades 1-8, as well as featured speakers Aidan Fay, a local student who built a flight simulator in his bedroom, Brynjar Karl, the “Lego Boy” from Iceland, and Chula Vista teen Tae Ho, a Master Chef Junior contestant.

Cajon Valley Union School District hosted the community’s second annual TEDxKids@ElCajon event on Saturday, April 16. Speakers included students in grades 1-8, as well as featured speakers Aidan Fay, a local student who built a flight simulator in his bedroom, Brynjar Karl, the “Lego Boy” from Iceland, and Chula Vista teen Tae Ho, a Master Chef Junior contestant. Over 1500 children and families listened to inspiring talks from our youth, engaged in a unique Innovation Park, and participated in workshops such as  hip hop dance and Minecraft modeling.

What city leaders were saying about the event:

CVUSD Superintendent David Miyashiro said, “TEDxKids@ElCajon is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to craft a unique message that will reach a worldwide audience. It makes for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. I’m proud to be a part of a district with so many hardworking educators who are making a real difference in the lives of children every day.”

Education Technology Coordinator (and TEDxKids@ElCajon Organizer), Liz Loether said, “TEDxKids@ElCajon has provided community a platform for students in our community to share their ideas and passions. TEDxKids@ElCajon, a flagship event brings community stakeholders together in support of students. Speakers representing all our schools, district volunteers from maintenance to classroom teachers, and an audience of family and community members truly celebrate the strength and diversity of the El Cajon community.”

Cajon Valley Board President, Tamara Otero said, “TEDxKids@ElCajon is a perfect setting to highlight the wonderful work of our students along with the support of our community.  It brings together all of the components of what makes Cajon Valley Union School District and the El Cajon community so great!”

“This event highlights some of the great work being done in Cajon Valley. Our children are receiving a first rate education, and it’s clear that our city has a bright future,” said Mayor Bill Wells

City Manager, Doug Williford said, “When kids have a chance to spread their ideas beyond their immediate surroundings, it gives them a sense of what’s possible in this world. This event is bringing attention to the wonderful work being done in our schools.”

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