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Among the graduates was Jose Mejia, who moved to Exeter after being raised in Bakersfield, and ended up at Kaweah after becoming depressed and falling behind in his classes. Mejia said the support he received at the continuation high school helped him graduate on time. Photo by Patrick Dillon.
Senior Brenden Woods enjoys working in the greenhouse with classmates at Kaweah High School in Exeter. But amidst the succulents, flowers and other ornamental plants, he wished there was a way to grow something that could benefit people in need more than brightening up their window sill. “I wanted to grow fresh fruits and vegetables that could be donated to the Exeter Food Closet,” he said. “It’s kind of like a community garden that is run by students.”
Beth Micari of Kaweah High School was named California Continuation Education Association 2017 State Teacher of the Year for her work at the small, rural school. Micari teaches English, Leadership, Floral Design, Greenhouse, and Cross-Age Tutoring at the continuation high school in Exeter. During her time at the school, she has authored, implemented and developed funding for several academic programs for students, and has received 15 grants for those programs she created.