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posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:29 PM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:42 PM ]
4 girls in front of a March of Dimes banner
Students walk together at Desert Knolls' March for Babies event.

Photos: Top and Left-Students at Desert Knolls show their support for March of Dimes by participating in their own March for Babies event. Right: The AVUSD Educational Support Center celebrates Purple for Preemies Day on March 22. 

Students and staff across Apple Valley Unified School District are wearing Purple for Preemies and showing their support for the March of Dimes.

“March of Dimes works hard to combat premature birth and birth defects, and is a fantastic partner in our efforts to support all students from cradle to career,” Kristin Hernandez, AVUSD Public Information Officer, said. “We recognize that these babies are our future students, future leaders, and the future of our community, and we want to give all moms and babies a healthy start.”

The fundraising efforts all lead up to the annual March for Babies-High Desert, which will take place on April 22 at Victor Valley College. Schools will be showing their support by wearing purple and participating in their own March for Babies events, which will emulate the larger event for the public. Students who donate any amount will be able to write their name on a pledge card, which will be posted on campus.

"Our K-8 schools all participate in Character Counts and one of the Six Pillars of Character is Citizenship--which also happens to be the purple pillar," Hernandez said. "These events are a perfect way to put this pillar into practice."

District Office staff wearing purple for premature babies. Group photo.

Desert Knolls Elementary School kicked off the district's series of March for Babies student events on March 23 and raised $1446 for the cause. Mariana Academy, Phoenix Academy, Rancho Verde Elementary, Rio Vista School of Applied Learning, Sandia Academy, Sitting Bull Academy, Sycamore Rocks Elementary, Vanguard Preparatory, and Yucca Loma Elementary will all follow with their own fundraising walks on March 24. Apple Valley High School, Granite Hills High School, and High Desert Premier Academy are also joining the cause by selling March of Dimes bracelets and hosting their own awareness campaigns.

Staff and family members from each of the district’s schools and administrative offices will also be participating in the annual March for Babies event this April. This year's Ambassador Family is the Hernandez Family, and our district's own Kristin Hernandez, AVUSD Public Information Officer. Hernandez has been asked to share about her son, Ethan, at the event, in hopes of raising awareness about premature birth and infant loss.

March of Dimes is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on the prevention of premature birth and infant mortality. For more information, visit or