Think Together Students Have a Ball at 66ers Game

About 950 students from Jurupa Unified School District kicked off the end of the school year with a home run field trip. They came out for a day of baseball and bonding as they rooted for the Inland Empire 66ers, a minor league affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels. Students from grades third through eighth represented 20 elementary and middle schools, traveling by bus to San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.

To empower the students with real-world skills, each attendant was given $20 in Bernie Bucks to spend on merchandise or at the concession stand. This unique opportunity allowed them to practice budgeting and collaborating with friends to get the most value for their money. Witnessing the students analyze their options and make choices was an exciting experience for both students and staff and demonstrated their growth and decision-making abilities.

Think Together uses every opportunity to infuse fun into learning to create an environment where students can learn and apply skills that they’ll use in and out of the classroom.

“It was a great opportunity for students to attend a baseball game and not worry about if they had enough money to get food from the concession stands or merch from the team store since we were able to provide all students with Bernie Bucks to purchase whatever is the need,” said Riverside County General Manager Chris Miree. “Think Together staff did an amazing job making our kids feel welcome and safe. It was a good time, and we can’t wait to do it again in September.”

To add to the fun, graduating eighth graders in attendance were invited to sit in the VIP section in celebration of their promotion to high school and their last day in program.

The VIP treatment was a great highlight in the eighth graders’ lives with one student sharing they were happy and “felt rich” from the experience.

From the exclusive VIP Suite to valuable lessons in financial literacy, this game winning day brought together learning, fun, and unforgettable memories.

“We are happy to partner with Jurupa Unified to give students unique opportunities,” said Riverside County Region Director of Operations Kerinda Frith. “It was amazing to see students manage their Bernie Bucks at the snack bar, staff try their hardest to catch foul balls, and for students in the suite to be in awe with the experience. We want to thank the FACE and Expansion Team for all of their support to get us there.”

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