Vanden and Benicia high school students presented workshops at the recent California Friday Night Live Youth Summit in Anaheim.
Vanden’s Friday Night Live representatives presented a workshop titled “One Pill Can Kill,” about the dangers of fentanyl. The presentation was a collaboration with Drug Safe Solano and Solano County Public Health, the Solano County Office of Education reported.
Vanden representatives could not be reached Tuesday.
Source: Local Friday Night Live groups take podium at youth summit | News | dailyrepublic.com
By Thomas Gase
Dalton Melby began running recently in order to join his dad in the fight to lose some weight.
On Saturday night the only thing that Melby lost while running was his competition.
The American Canyon High School senior won the 2023 Vallejo Waterfront Weekend 5K Glo Run — a race for education presented by the Vallejo City Unified School District and Griffin Technology Academies.
Melby won the 5K run with a time of 24 minutes and 13 seconds.Melby, a member of his school’s tennis team, may have to think about another sport after his win.
Source: Vallejo shines in annual Glo Run – Times Herald Online
A gala held Sunday at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa raised $525,000 for the Leaven Kids.
“We are deeply grateful for the overwhelming support from our community at this year’s gala,” Mark Lillis, chief executive officer for Leaven Kids, said in a statement released Friday.
“Every dollar raised is a dollar that goes directly into underserved neighborhoods, where we deliver transformative academic programming to disadvantaged youth. This remarkable achievement reaffirms our commitment to making a lasting difference in the lives of young students,” Lillis added.
Source: Leaven Kids gala raises record $525,000 | News | dailyrepublic.com
By Nick McConnell
Newly elected Vacaville Unified School District Area Four Board of Trustees Member Lindsay Kelly was sworn into office at the regularly scheduled Thursday board meeting, where trustees also heard from new student board members from each of the high schools.
Kelly thanked her fellow board members for a warm welcome, and said she has met with a number of them, as well as the district office and some community members. She said she hopes to focus on collaborating with parents to support students while on the board.
“I’m really thankful to everyone who supported me during the campaign, both those who have been upfront and center and those who have been behind the scenes.”
Source: Kelly takes seat on VUSD board – The Vacaville Reporter
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will be honored on Saturday, October 7, with the Excellence Award for exceptional work in education. This award will be given to Superintendent Thurmond by the youth mentoring nonprofit organization, 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire, at their 7th Annual Gala for his efforts helping African American and underserved communities in the school system and his ongoing work at the California Department of Education (CDE) to address opportunity gaps.
“It is a great honor to be recognized with the Excellence Award for exceptional work in education by the 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire,” said Thurmond. “It’s also an honor and my mission to serve California schools and all our communities. I look forward to continuing my work collaborating with educators and communities across the state to ensure every student receives opportunities and the quality education they deserve.”
Source: SPI to Receive Professional Excellence Award – Year 2023 (CA Dept of Education)
By Nick McConnell
A food program hosted by the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District and The Father’s House Church is celebrating nine years of existence this year.
Bob Barnum of the church provides a truck full of fresh food items for the families at Davis Weir Preparatory Academy every Friday.
“Throughout these nine years, Bob Barnum has not only been a provider of sustenance but has also built strong connections with several families, staff members, and students at David Weir Preparatory Academy,” according to a release from FSUSD. “Many of them volunteer each week to support the distribution efforts and ensure the campus is cleaned up after the food delivery.”
Source: FSUSD, The Father’s House provide food to David Weir Preparatory Academy – The Vacaville Reporter
By Richard Bammer
If you are anywhere near or within earshot of a cellphone, a radio or TV on Wednesday morning, you will hear the jarring sound of an emergency alert.
The nationwide emergency alert test is expected to come at 11:20 a.m. in California, Vacaville Fire Department officials said in a social media post.
If your mobile phone is on and within range of an active cell tower from a participating wireless provider, you should receive the national test.
Source: Nationwide emergency alert test set for Wednesday morning – The Vacaville Reporter
By Richard Bammer
A Travis Unified trustee, two Fairfield City Council members, a Solano County Supervisor and concerned district parents met Saturday to discuss safe streets near Vanden High while they gathered in the school’s parking lot.
Two Fairfield streets at issue for the local elected leaders and the parents were Markeley and Viking lanes, which intersect. Markeley does not extend to the Peabody Road overcrossing, where for years a lone Markeley Lane sign has led to a grassy, undeveloped field.
Since Markeley does not reach to the four-lane overcrossing — and was never extended at the same time during the overcrossing’s construction — traffic backups are commonplace during the school year in the mornings and afternoons, when students arrive and depart, at four schools in the area. Besides Vanden, which has more than 1,600 students, the others are Golden West Middle School, with more than 700 students; Center Elementary, with more than 500; and the Travis Education Center, which has more than 70.
Source: ‘Street Talk’ for road safety at Vanden: Organize, lobby political leaders – The Vacaville Reporter
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Street Talk 2023 became Straight Talk 2023 as several dozen people gathered in a Vanden High School parking lot Saturday morning to talk about restoring the portion of Markeley Lane that used to connect to Peabody Road.
The event was hosted by Matt Bidou, trustee of the Travis Unified School District and Fairfield Vice Mayor Pam Bertani. Catherine “Cat” Moy, Fairfield’s mayor, and Mitch Mashburn, Solano County supervisor, were guests.
All four told those gathered, mainly parents, organizing is the key to get the portion of the road restored. The portion of the road was closed when the Peabody Road overpass was built.
Source: Parents seek answers on restoring a portion of Markeley Lane | News | dailyrepublic.com