Randy Barth: Vision 2022 | PALM SPRINGS LIFE

The simple yet invaluable mission of Randy Barth’s brainchild is to partner with schools to change the odds for kids. Since its inception in the mid-’90s, Think Together has grown to operate in 600
schools throughout California (nine in Desert Hot Springs alone), helping some 200,000 low-income students. Some students went on to Ivy League schools and became professionals in various disciplines.

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Think Together provides a much-needed support system that enhances the education of those
children. “Our daily afterschool initiative is a comprehensive program where we do an hour of
extended academics, an hour of physical fitness, and an hour of enrichment in arts or sciences,” continues Barth, adding that the result is heightened motivation to excel in school, which itself yields better test scores, higher graduation rates, and greater college enrollment. “

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Random Facts About Palm Springs

The city of Palm Springs is situated in the Sonoran Desert. It covers 95.0 square miles (246 km2) of land and only 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of water. It is part of the Coachella Valley and is sheltered from soaring temperatures by the San Bernardino and Santa Rosa Mountains to the north and the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the south.

The city was originally named Se-Khi by the native Cahuilla people. In 1876, the Agua Caliente Reservation was established in this area. The city was divided into two sections, one reserved for Indians and the other for non-reservation areas. The railroad was then given the non-reservation sections as a way to promote rail travel through the Sonoran Desert. The first European to observe the hot springs was a California soldier and explorer, Jose Maria Estudillo.

While in Palm Springs, be sure to visit the Palm Springs Historical Society. Its two museums are located on site and provide a wealth of information on the city’s history. The El Mirador Hotel museum explores the history of the historic hotel, while the Cahuilla Museum explores the local native people. The museum also houses the General Patton Museum, which features displays of World War II memorabilia.

In the nearby area, you can also experience the music festivals in Indio and Stagecoach. You can also visit the Shields Date Garden and Cabazon Cultural Museum, or indulge yourself at a spa. Moreover, the city of Palm Springs is only one hour away from the Joshua Tree National Park.

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