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California School for the Deaf, Riverside to receive the 2024 Riverside Hero Award

Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson will present the Riverside Hero Award to the California School for the Deaf, Riverside at the 2024 State of the City Address.

The CSDR football team practices during their 2022 football season (Stephen Day/Riverside Scene).

The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce has announced that the California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) will be honored with the Riverside Hero Award. This award will be presented at the 2024 State of the City Address, hosted by Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson, on January 25, 2024, at the Riverside Convention Center. Superintendent April McArthur and students from CSDR are scheduled to accept the award.

CSDR is one of two schools in California focused on educating the deaf community. It serves over 425 students from various parts of Southern and Northern California. The school's presence in Riverside contributes to the city's educational landscape and offers a range of academic and extracurricular options for its students.

The school has recently gained attention for its achievements in sports, with its football team winning the CIF championship in 2022 and 2023. Additionally, CSDR was in the spotlight when Assistant Football Coach Rob McArthur and his son competed as finalists in the 35th season of "The Amazing Race," a development that the school community celebrated.

The Riverside Hero Award recognizes groups or individuals who have significantly promoted the community at the state or national level in the past year. The upcoming State of the City Address, titled "Riverside in Motion," will gather business and community members to hear from Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson and acknowledge the achievements of her administration and event honorees like CSDR.