CSEW History: Celebrating a tradition of pride

Since CSEA’s founding in 1927, members have strived to make their communities aware of classified employees’ contributions to public education.

Gov. Ronald Reagan first proclaimed Classified School Employee Week in 1969, stating that "The classified employee is proud of his status and the integral part he plays in the total field of education throughout the State of California."

In 1984, CSEA members passed a resolution to establish an official recognition week, and a year later it was adopted as a state-sponsored resolution. Then, in 1986, Senate Bill 1552 (Campbell) permanently solidified Classified School Employee Week as an annual week of statewide recognition.

Bill sponsor William Campbell said, “I urge all citizens to work closely to take time out and to think about school days and recall the efforts of the bus drivers, secretaries, custodians and all the other classified staff they met and knew. As much as any other group of employees, the classified school staff is a valued and integral part of our public school's system and their work is vital to our children’s success.”

The ensuing recognition led to newspaper articles and resolutions by local school districts. There were picnics, award ceremonies, and other events. Today, the tradition continues as schools up and down the state celebrate the third week in May as Classified School Employee Week.

2019 CSEW Events (Click on each link for more info)

PDF FileVP Breakfast: Business Administration & Human Resources

Monday, May 20, 9 a.m.
2714 Pico Blvd., Staff Lounge, 2nd Floor

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PDF FileArt Exhibit: SMC Classified Employees

Monday - Thursday, May 20-23, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Photo Gallery, Drescher Hall 2nd Floor

PDF FileMinefield Team Challenge

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12 p.m.
Clocktower

VP Open House: Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Development, Marketing & Senior Staff  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 10 a.m.
Travel back to 1929 in the Student Services Patio

PDF FileClassified Bingo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Faculty/Staff Lounge

PDF FileCSEW Baseball Trivia

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
CPC Patio

PDF FileManagement Association Ice Cream Social

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday, May 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cafeteria

PDF FileCSEW BBQ Luncheon & Dinner

Friday, May 24, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., North Quad
Friday, May 24, 2019, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cafeteria

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