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Cindy McCain speaks about education challenges in Bakersfield

Posted: 9:25 AM, Feb 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-13 12:25:17-05
Cindy McCain in Bakersfield
Cindy McCain in Bakersfield
Cindy McCain in Bakersfield
Cindy McCain in Bakersfield
Cindy McCain in Bakersfield

She's seen firsthand the race to the White House, was by the side of one of the most known senators in United States history and has been recognized for philanthropy. And Wednesday night Cindy McCain spoke about all of that right here in Bakersfield.

The Bakersfield City School District posted pictures of the widow of longtime Senator John McCain speaking to Jefferson and Williams Elementary School students at the Boys and Girls Clubs before speaking at the Kern County Fairgrounds. It was all part of a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County.

According to the Boys and Girls Club, McCain also spoke on the current political environment and its impact on youth today and what education challenges and successes will help children.

Officials with the Boys and Girls Club told 23ABC the funds raised from the event will directly benefit their after school programs.

"During the school year, we run 62 afterschool programs for 7,500 students every day. Those dollars help augment the grants and the contracts we have with local school districts to do those programs. There's a lot of money to raise because 86 percent of the students attend the programs for free," explained Maggie Cushine, Director of Grants for the Boys and Girls Club.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County serve over 15,000 children through a variety of programs locally during the year.