Apple Valley SHOCK program recognized for their work with children and families
Published by The Victorville Daily Press on May 6, 2018:
By Jessica Gonzalez / For the Daily Press
Psychologist William James once said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
Special education teacher Yvonne Molles and the Apple Valley Police Activities League were recently celebrated by the San Bernardino County Office of Education for making a tremendous difference in the lives of children and families.
Molles became the 33rd recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and the Police Activities League was recognized in the category of Volunteer in Action/Service Group for its SHOCK program.
Molles, who teaches at the Early Education Center in Apple Valley, received the award for her 14-year dedication to the Parent-Teacher Associations for the Center. She is also president of the High Desert Council in Victorville.
Molles said she has a “passion” for bettering the lives of her young students and their families. One aspect of service that Molles finds most important is helping them access vital resources.
“While we are a small community, there are so many things our community doesn’t know,” Molles said. Although she admitted to being pegged as difficult, her persistence helped build direct links between families in need and the organizations that can help.
The Homeless Education Department collaborates with Molles’ group to provide books and backpacks. She also connected with the High Desert Second Chance Food Bank so that she can inform parents when food will be distributed.
“I had a hard time accepting the award. I don’t do it for accolades, I do it for my kids. I don’t like sending my kids home hungry, I don’t like my parents not knowing things,” she said.
Molles believes in empowering her families. “I’m just giving them tools to put in their tool belt. When our parents leave our site, I want them to be educated on what’s next. I want my parents to feel like just because they have a child with special needs doesn’t mean they can’t do the things that every other (child) is doing,” she said.