High school students to tour ‘apprenticeship centers’ in Solano, Napa – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

About 150 area high school students will pile into five buses and tour five union apprenticeship centers Friday – a tour designed to give the teens a first-hand look at possible construction careers as an alternative to going to college.

“This partnership is all about the kids and is a fantastic way to give our students the opportunity to learn by doing,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement announcing the tour.

“They’re able to put their hands on specialized tools and equipment as well as have individual conversations with the dedicated labor leaders who offer the training,” Estrella-Henderson said.

Source: High school students to tour ‘apprenticeship centers’ in Solano, Napa

Children encouraged to read for fun, prizes – The Reporter

The time to read is right meow.

The Solano County Library Foundation is encouraging children ages 6-12 to read with Solano Kids Read program starting Oct. 1.

For the month of October with Solano County Library, children can read for fun and earn great prizes along the way.

They can earn “meow money” for reading the books they choose and spend it on prizes at the library “store.”

Each activity in the Solano Kids Read passport is worth one “meow dollar.” Pick up a passport at any Solano County Library location and get started.

Source: Children encouraged to read for fun, prizes

Annual Constitution Essay Contest under way – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The so-called “Great Compromise” saved the Constitutional Convention, and, very likely, the Union. Written by Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman, it called for proportional representation in the House, and one representative per state in the Senate (later changed to two). The compromise passed 5 to 4, with one state, Massachusetts, “divided.”

And as it turned out, the word “democracy” does not appear at all in the Constitution, largely written by James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” a man who never earned a law degree but once said that, under the Constitution, the nation’s strengths will be “derived from the superior power of the people.”

Those facts may not be germane to the 2017 Solano County Essay Contest, open to all students countywide in grades seven to 12, but they may spark interest in some who try their hand at thinking and writing about the contest’s topic:

Source: Annual Constitution Essay Contest under way

Grants available for Solano’s K-12 teachers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Money for some school programs generally is hard to come by and it may be more difficult to get if the Trump administration’s 2018 federal budget proposal, which will slash $9 billion from the Department of Education, is approved,

In the meantime, with area school districts starting the new academic year, the Solano Community Foundation has made available money for Solano County K-12 students in public schools.

Money from the foundation’s Education Plus! Grant Program supports classroom projects, after-school, and mentoring programs. Teachers and educators with innovative programs may apply for the financial support, Samantha Fordyce, the foundation’s development associate, wrote in a press release.

The program’s focus is two-fold: 1) development of grade-level reading skills, preferably by the end of the third grade; and 2) attainment of math skills to allow proper course placement at ninth grade. However, the foundation will fund projects that work toward achieving or improving reading and math skills for K-12 students at all levels, noted Fordyce.

Source: Grants available for Solano’s K-12 teachers

Solano Youth Coalition accepting applications – Times Herald

The Coalition is a partnership of students from each town in Solano County. The students “raise awareness by advocating safe and healthier choices in communities through open conversations, participation, and collaboration among a new generation of youth,” said Program Manager Johanna Nowak-Palmer.

The students choose which issues and subjects to tackle, according to Ken Scarberry, director for youth development.

Projects they’ve spearheaded have been an award-winning documentary about the effects of gambling on young people, tobacco use prevention and awareness, and even putting together a water filtration system where students could get clean water without using campus fountains, Scarberry said.

Source: Solano Youth Coaltion accepting applications

Backpack giveaway helps area youth get back to school – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Students benefitted Sunday from two generous people who are working hard to make a difference in the community with what they call “The Giveaway.”

Tara Cruz graduated from Sem Yeto’s Young Mothers program and as a young parent she found herself utilizing county programs, including backpack giveaways.

“I have always held a job since I was 14, but there were still times that my job wasn’t paying enough for me to take care of my daughter and pay bills so I went back to school to further my education,” she said.

Source: Backpack giveaway helps area youth get back to school

Solano health services gets kindergartners ready for school – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

It was like one-stop shopping Wednesday for Dominique Lewis of Fairfield and her 4-year-old daughter Lavella to get the child ready for kindergarten.

The pair were taking advantage of the third annual day-long Kindergarten Round-Up, which was hosted by Solano County’s Fairfield Pediatric Clinic.

“I love that I am getting to learn about her learning ability,” Lewis said while her daughter answered questions from a social services worker.

Source: Solano health services gets kindergartners ready for school

Annual backpack drive kicking off in Benicia – Times Herald

By Katy St. Clair

It’s not quite back-to-school time, but it is time to start thinking ahead.

That’s why the Family Resource Center is kicking off its annual backpack drive for students who might need a little extra help.

According to the center, it’s estimated that 150 students here will be unable to afford all the school supplies they need. The drive helps people in the community connect with families who could really use fully-stocked backpacks to get their child off on the right foot.

The center is hoping to donate 60 supply-stocked backpacks this year.

They are coordinating with the school district and the Solano County Office of Education, but folks in town are encouraged to bring in the following — gender neutral backpacks suitable for older students (grades 6 through 12), whimsical backpacks for younger students (grades K through 5), wide-rule or college-ruled paper, loose-leaf. Single subject, perforated spiral-bound notebooks; pocketed folders, No. 2 pencils, regular, colored, or mechanical; pens, markers (teachers prefer washable), crayons, rulers, binders, erasers, pencil sharpeners, blunt-ended scissors, glue sticks, basic calculators, and subject dividers for binders.

Source: Annual backpack drive kicking off in Benicia

Travis Credit Union offering financial boot camp for teens – The Reporter

Travis Credit Union is once again offering “Mad City Money,” a simulation and financial boot camp for high school students that teaches basic money management in a safe, fun setting.

A presentation on budgeting likely could put teens and young adults to sleep, yet the 3 1/2 hour hands-on simulation appeals to teens (14-24) and gives them a taste of the real world-complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. Participants get an instant family and then move about the stations to purchase housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care and other needs.

Teens and young adults learn that erasers and calculators are important tools for creating a monthly budget.


Source: Travis Credit Union offering financial boot camp for teens

Student journalism shines again in Campus Star – The Reporter

By Matt Miller

In 1990, The Reporter launched a community engagement program designed to showcase the talent budding of young journalists and ad designers in our local elementary, middle and high schools.

Today, the newspaper publishes its 27th edition. The Reporter and hundreds of local students, their families, teachers and sponsors will celebrate the outstanding work of these young writers, artists and photographers from schools across the region at a reception tonight. For the first time in the program’s history, the ceremony will take place in the Travis Unified School District at Foxboro Elementary.

Each year The Reporter encourages students at all area schools to participate. This year, there were close to 400 entries.

The work is on display in our special section. Campus Star is a newspaper published inside The Reporter each year and is of, by and for local students. Once again, readers will find themselves engaged, inspired and entertained by this collection of outstanding work by the participating students.


Source: Student journalism shines again in Campus Star

Local charter school students publish book of short stories – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Eight Solano County junior high students have developed a book of their own short stories as part of their language arts course.

The students are Lisette Adundez, Caden Hiteshew, Madeline LeBron, Kawika Makua, Warren Dominguez, Carolyn West, Josiah West and Spencer Young. Their book, “Ready for Liftoff,” is available on Amazon.

“They all belong to different charter schools,” said Mia Douglas, director of the Launch tutoring program, which these students have been enrolled in for two years.

Source: Local charter school students publish book of short stories

“A Day for Kids” of all abilities – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, The McBride Center was transformed into a park as families and their children celebrated “A Day for Kids.”

Looking to spread education and acceptance in regard to children with autism and any special needs, Jessica Johnson and NorthBay Healthcare provided a fun-filled event as they raised money for the cause.

When Johnson first heard that a young dancer and her mother were sent home from a dance studio due to her daughter’s autism, the former Miss California Global Nations (2014) sought to make a difference and used her platform to do so.

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Youth Employment Resource Fair to help prepare job seekers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It may never be easier for area youth to learn how to land and keep a job. Or possibly be hired on the spot.

A Youth Employment Resource Fair will be held May 6 at the Solano Community College campus, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.

The free event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all Solano County youth ages 16 to 24.

Workshops will cover a variety of topics to better prepare job seekers for interviews and employment. They include resume- and cover letter-writing, team-building, social media etiquette, and financial literacy training provided by Travis Credit Union.

Job Squad, a Fairfield-based grassroots organization, will provide a boot camp of sorts, teaching a variety of job skills along with a panel of employers available to provide candid feedback about employer expectations and perform mock job interviews.

Source: Youth Employment Resource Fair to help prepare job seekers

Travis base starts Earth Day early with urban garden contest – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Wednesday was a bad day to be a weed at the urban garden being cultivated by some of the Travis Air Force Base Youth Center’s children.

Six-year-olds Jaxon Dieball and Keegan Reinhard were two of eight children getting the raised garden beds next to the center ready for a visit from judges for a basewide best urban garden contest as well as a best watermelon contest.

“This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and to have that opportunity to care for the Earth,” Youth Center Director Carrie Basaca said.

Source: Travis base starts Earth Day early with urban garden contest

Students ready for National Bike to School Day – The Reporter

Hundreds of Solano County students will strap on safety helmets and pedal to school May 10 — National Bike to School Day.

The annual event focuses attention on the physical and environmental benefits of biking or walking to school instead of commuting by car.

In 2016, 26 elementary and middle schools throughout Solano County participated in the Solano Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program to promote Bike to School Day and this year high schools are invited to participate.

Along with promoting safety, SR2S aims to improve children’s health by increasing their daily physical activity by walking and biking to school. SR2S staff works with schools and parents to organize Walking School Buses and daily or weekly walking programs. The program also conducts traffic safety assemblies, bike safety rodeos and helmet fittings in Solano County schools.

Source: Students ready for National Bike to School Day

‘Bell of Peace & Purpose’ sees dedication at Matt Garcia campus – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Corissa Chavez, shot in 2014 during a carjacking of the vehicle she was in, used a walker Tuesday to reach and ring the bell in the monument dedicated at the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy.

The 21-year-old Vacaville resident injured in the Sacramento County shooting was among speakers at the dedication of the “Bell of Peace & Purpose” as part of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“I will walk again,” Chavez said.

The monument is dedicated to Matt Garcia, the 21-year-old Fairfield councilman killed Sept. 1, 2008; Taylor Linn Little, killed in a Modesto car crash in 2014; and Jesus Adrian Amaya, killed in a 2012 shooting in Fairfield.

Source: ‘Bell of Peace & Purpose’ sees dedication at Matt Garcia campus

Congressional high school art competition deadline extended – The Reporter

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 3rd District, which includes all or portions of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

Submissions for the Congressional High School Art Competition in Congressman John Garamendi’s 3rd District are due by 5 p.m. April 28 in Fairfield and Davis.

Full details are available at http://garamendi.house.gov/how-can-i-help/art-competition.

Call ahead for Yuba City drop off time at (530) 329-8865.

To find out residency in the 3rd District, visit www.house.gov/representatives/find.


Source: Congressional high school art competition deadline extended

Nutritional education, 4-H diversity are Cooperative Extension targets – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

A University of California Cooperative Extension program chart left Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan feeling a little hungry for more.

Hannigan continued her push to develop nutritional education in the area schools Tuesday, telling Morgan Doran, director of the three-county UC Cooperative Extension Capitol Corridor, that a nutritional adviser is needed in the county.

“We really need to work on that,” Hannigan said. “Solano County . . . we just heard about this a week ago . . . has the highest rates of child obesity, the highest rate of diabetes, a lot of really bad long-term health consequences as a result of poor nutrition.”

Source: Nutritional education, 4-H diversity are Cooperative Extension targets

Solano announces kindness video contest – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students in the seventh through 12th grades can participate in a countywide video contest that underscores the impacts of positive behavior in Solano County.

Videos must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, and are due April 21.

The contest, The Power of Kindness, is sponsored by Supervisor John Vasquez and District Attorney Krishna Abrams.

Source: Solano announces kindness video contest

Vallejo students top county spelling bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Call it the luck of the draw, but David Whitwell correctly spelled “interrupt,” smiling at his success, and Amid Brock Jr. stumbled on “neuropathy,” arguably, a tougher word, then word pronouncer Ken Scarberry declared David the winner of the 2017 Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.

As first- and second-place finishers of the 41st annual event, held Tuesday night at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City, the boys, both students in Vallejo City Unified schools, will next test their spelling mettle at the state championship, May 13, at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

Source: Vallejo students top county spelling bee