Rocklin honors cultural history and local education at Wall of Recognition
Honoring Club Español’s achievements and ‘bringing our kids home’
ROCKLIN, CA – The City of Rocklin recently honored the accomplishments of Club Español and “Bring Home Our Kids” with an inscription on its wall of appreciation for the efforts that have shaped the diversity of Rocklin’s community and the quality of its educational institutions.
Club Español was a non-profit cultural group that helped preserve the history of Spanish immigrants who arrived in Rocklin in the early 20th century and made numerous contributions to the city. They have produced and funded numerous research projects on Hispanic history in the city and have made generous donations to several Rocklin organizations, including Rocklin Historical Society.
Former Club Español member Patricia Burns represented the group during the ceremony.
Club Español brings the honour
“Club Español had a lot of first-, second-, and third-generation Americans who really got involved in the community as well as the Spanish history,” she explained. “My mother, for example, was born in Spain before she came here and helped found the Rocklin Historical Society and was involved in many volunteer efforts around town. Putting the club’s name on the Wall of Appreciation brings honor to the Spanish people who made their way to Rocklin.”
Bring our kids home
“Bring our kids home” is the slogan of Measure A supporters, which was passed by voters in 1986, to expand Rocklin Unified School District In the K-12 area. Effort led to building Rocklin High School And students were allowed to go to school in Rocklin, rather than in neighboring jurisdictions.
Michelle Sutherland, chair of the Rocklin Community Recognition Committee, explained why Bring Our Kids Home supporters chose to be included in the recognition wall.
With Bring Our Kids Home, we see what Rocklin Schools and the Unified School District have done for this city by allowing Rocklin students to get a local education and bringing new families to town. We felt it was so important to honor the ordinary citizens who took all this time and worked to achieve that “.
Councilwoman Jill Guildo was also in attendance during the ceremony, sharing her thoughts on why the Wall is such an integral part of promoting Rocklin’s history.
“Let’s get to know not only the people who have done something great this year but also those groups and individuals who have come before to build the foundation for the city. If you are an outsider and come to Rocklin, we want you to see a tapestry that describes what made this city what it is. This is it. The point behind that wall: You can walk up to it and get a sense of how we got to where we are.”