Fairhaven Elementary Selected for California State 2019 Civic Learning Award of Merit

Santa Ana, CA – April 12, 2019 – In recognition of Fairhaven Elementary’s engagement of students in civic learning, the school has been selected to receive the Civic Learning Award of Merit for 2019.

Fairhaven Falcons begin the school year with Start With Hello Week, where all students engage in various activities to create a culture of inclusion that values each student at the school. Students also participate in Kindness Week activities with the goal of continuing with this culture throughout the school year.

Fairhaven students learn about the importance of voting and involvement in local politics and the community. Student leadership heads a number of service events including  making and delivering letters, cards and snacks to local hospitals, residential living homes, fire and police stations, and the American Legion Hall. Other projects include campus beautification and the Pennies for Patients program. In addition, students created a Donor’s Choose fundraiser and received material to make blankets for the local homeless community.

“We are proud that our students have embraced many opportunities to serve their community and have learned how to be involved, responsible and compassionate members of our society,” said Principal Karen Sandors. “We are honored to receive this recognition.”

The Civic Learning Award for public schools is co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. More information about the award is available on the California Courts Civic Learning Awards web page at http://www.courts.ca.gov/civiclearningaward.htm.

 Additional information about Fairhaven Elementary School is on their website at www.orangeusd.org/fairhaven-elementary-school and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fairhavenelementary.


The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 26,000 PreK-12th grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.