‘Don’t kale my vibe’: Reedley student wins truck naming contest

Thomas Law Reed eighth grader wins a “name that truck” contest, has design featured on OK Produce semi-truck

T.L. Reed students in the Expanded Learning Program pose for a photo in front of an OK Produce truck that has a slogan designed by 8th grade student Citlaly Agabo in Reedley May 22, 2024. Students celebrated the truck and received free produce thanks to a partnership between OK Produce and the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. (Serena Bettis)
Serena Bettis
Published May 24, 2024  • 
9:00 am

REEDLEY – An idea that sprouted in the mind of a local Reedley middle school student has come to fruition for all around the Central Valley to see, whether they’re out on the road or near their favorite grocer. 

OK Produce, a Fresno-based wholesaler, is well known for its colorful delivery trucks that show off fruits and vegetables alongside a catchy, playful slogan. The latest design — which features leafy green kale and the line “Don’t kale my vibe!” — was cooked up by eighth grader Citlaly Agabo from Thomas Law Reed School. 

Agabo, who is in the T.L. Reed Expanded Learning Program leadership course, submitted the design as part of a “name that truck” contest hosted earlier this year during the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) You Matter Day. FCSS, OK Produce and Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD) surprised Agabo and her peers with a special event at T.L. Reed on May 22 by parking the truck with her design outside of the school and letting her discover that she won the contest. 

Jaz Perkins, project specialist for the FCSS safe and healthy kids department, said that the contest came out of the partnership between FCSS and OK Produce, as OK Produce is a major contributor to FCSS and You Matter Day. 

“With (You Matter Day) being its first year at the OK Produce warehouse, they got really creative in trying to celebrate all that OK Produce does for the Valley and all that they want to do for students in the future,” Perkins said. 

Agabo was greeted outside of T.L. Reed by her parents, Nayeli Cisneros and Andres Agabo, who said they were very proud of her and happy for her to receive the recognition. As the contest winner, Citlaly Agabo received a gift basket from OK Produce that included a mini version of her truck along with other prizes. Additionally, all students in the Expanded Learning Program received free bags of apples and Cuties to take home and enjoy. 

“It was a collaboration and it’s our first year doing this, so we’re very excited to see what comes of it in future years and just celebrate everything that all of our Valley contributors bring to our students in our individual schools,” Perkins said.

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter