Community Involvement

CMF incarcerated donates to Vacaville students

CMF prison staff and school officials hold strawberries outside Fairmont school.
Holding strawberries, from left, are Councilmember Michael Silva, Principal Greg Moffitt, Retired Annuitant and Mentor Pat Vazquez, Warden (A) Jennifer Benavidez, and Community Resource Manager Emily Haley.

Thanks to quarterly food sales by the incarcerated population, California Medical Facility (CMF) was able to help Vacaville students.

Fairmont Charter Elementary School in Vacaville was one of the beneficiaries.

The school serves 600 students focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

In mid-spring, fifth-grade students at the school took part in a science project sponsored by CMF and Vacaville City Councilmember Michael Silva, who is also a Professor of Biotechnology at Solano Community College.

Approximately 150 students learned the process of isolating DNA cells from strawberries.

Students expanded their knowledge of bioscience while learning how various organizations and members of their community, from prison wardens to city council members, can come together to support our youth and their education.

CMF Warden (A) Jennifer Benavidez was proud of the the prison’s involvement.

“Spending time with the children within our community was such a gift. We have two hands, and one of those is to give to the community. And, the best way is to do this is through our children. Our young children are the future. If CMF can have some positive impact on their lives, we will continue to do so,” she said.

By Lt. Carlos Santos

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