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Student artwork chosen for binational calendar

January art March art For the second time in the past three years, two Yuma Union High School District students had artwork selected for the Binational Clean Air Calendar.

Alena Saldana from Cibola High School and Daniela Fernandez from Kofa High School were chosen to be featured in the 2021 calendar by the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. through the Binational Health and Environment Council. It is the second time Fernandez has been chosen.

Saldana’s work is showcased for the month of January, and depicts animals grazing amongst lush greenery. Fernandez’s art, which was chosen for March, shows a person on the edge of a body of water using a tool to pick up an aluminum can.

Students ranging from age 7 to 17 and residing on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border have been encouraged to submit their art each year since 2007 to express ways to keep the environment pollution free, and create awareness about air quality and recycling habits.

Numerous YUHSD students have been selected in past years. Most recently, prior to this year, Yajaira Rios Vallejo From San Luis High School and Kaylin Charles from Gila Ridge High School in 2019, and Fernandez in 2020.

The Binational Clean Air Calendar is sponsored by the Binational Health and Environmental Council, a combined effort between Yuma County and San Luis Rio Colorado Sonora, Mexico to serve as the community branch to the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Association to support and carry out health activities along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Eric Patten