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City of Fresno
Friday April 15th, 2011 :: 09:42 a.m. PDT


Fresno Recreation Leaders to be Honored by City Council

Two award-winning City of Fresno recreation leaders will be honored by Fresno City Council for their contributions to the community at council’s April 28 meeting.

Manuel Hernandez, an Informal Science Recreational Specialist for the City of Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) Department, last month was among several professionals recognized nationally for excellence and innovation in the field of science education. Recreation Specialist Theresa Milavich earlier this month received the Californian State University, Fresno’s College of Health and Human Services Community Heroes Award.

Hernandez was honored in March during a ceremony at the National Science Teacher Association’s (NSTA) 59th National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. The NSTA recognized science educators and professionals from all over the nation who have made unique or extraordinary accomplishments in informal science education. Hernandez has spent much of his career connecting with students in the valley in under-privileged neighborhoods. His efforts in creating learning opportunities for urban youth through science programming in Fresno have been an overwhelming success and led the development of Fresno’s renowned Mobile Science Vehicle which delivers hands-on science activities to the community..

Hernandez’s science programs have played an instrumental role in many of the after-school recreation programs Theresa Milavich has supervised for the last 23 years. Milavich, who describes herself as a poster child for public recreation, boasts a 35-year career working in the field. She received her degree in Recreation and Administration from Fresno State in 1986 and has worked as a community recreation supervisor to the City of Fresno for the past 23 years.

Milavich is most passionate about Fresno’s after-school enrichment programs, which teach children about the arts, fitness, nutrition, computers, and more. She also has been a huge asset to the Fresno State Recreation Administration Department through her efforts to speak in classes, help with research, and work with interns.

Both Hernandez and Milavich have stirred up excitement in Parks and Recreation. They have made a big impact in the region and have succeeded in creating hands-on experiences and learning opportunities for children in the Central Valley.

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