Community Involvement

Carnival celebrates staff at Wasco prison

Woman in uniform serves another woman a snow cone.
Snow cones, dunk tanks and more greeted employees at Wasco prison.

Carnival also raised funds for military veterans

By Lieutenant Martin Herrera

On May 30, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center held a carnival to thank the staff for their hard work and dedication.

Woman in uniform pushes button while man drops in tank of water.
Supervisors, managers and the warden took turns in the dunk tank.

Staff also raised funds for Kern County Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that send military veterans on an all-expense paid trip to see monuments at our nation’s capital.  

Arrangements were made to allow second and third watch staff the opportunity to come out and enjoy the music, games, prizes, and free food. All on-duty staff were treated to a deep-pit beef meal complete with sides.

The afternoon was filled with lots of laughs as staff took advantage of the opportunity to try to dunk their favorite supervisors and managers. Even Warden John Sutton took his turn in the dunk tank.

The Employee Liaison Committee presented a $750 scholarship to students Gavin Macias and Kassidy Arredondo. 

The scholarship applicants are children of prison employees. The winners were selected by an independent group of college professors.

“It’s nice to give back to our staff and appreciate them for what they do, and to honor two outstanding students for their achievements. It’s also rewarding to give back to our military veterans who sacrificed so much in their service to our country,” said Warden Sutton.

Four people in uniforms wear a viking hat, crown, hardhat and a feather boa.
A photo booth was at the ready for staff willing to get goofy.