Vacaville places pinwheels to prevent child abuse, Fairfield gearing up to do the same – The Vacaville Reporter

Lynzie Lowe

The Vacaville Police Department placed dozens of blue pinwheels in front of Vacaville City Hall Tuesday morning as part of the annual Pinwheels for Prevention event to promote carefree and joyful childhoods.

“The pinwheels are selected as a symbol representing childhood whimsy and fun,” said Paula Ledoux-Christison, Clinical Services Administrator for the department.

This event is part of a broader campaign aimed at raising awareness on child abuse and neglect, promoting positive parenting practices, and advocating for policies and programs that support children and families. While celebrated nationwide, it’s often organized locally by child advocacy organizations, nonprofit groups, schools, and government agencies during Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed across the country each April.

Source: Vacaville places pinwheels to prevent child abuse, Fairfield gearing up to do the same – The Vacaville Reporter

County workforce board receives Jobs for Future grant | dailyrepublic.com

The Workforce Development Board of Solano County took in a $10,000 grant from the national Jobs for the Future Workforce Communities of Action – one of only four workforce boards in the country to receive the funding.

The grant will fund a series of special events this summer to build awareness of bioeconomy careers.

“We have a unique opportunity to support an industry that is poised to grow exponentially, and to do so in a way that all Solano residents can access,” Solano WDB Executive Director Heather Henry said in a statement. “This collaboration of community, government, education, and industry will ensure a strong talent pipeline for this industry.”

Source: County workforce board receives Jobs for Future grant | News | dailyrepublic.com

Supervisors recognize ‘Children’s Month,’ host of related parts | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County supervisors on Tuesday recognized April as “Children’s Month” and proclaimed April as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

It also lauded plethora of other related celebrations, from support for Autism, to libraries, to children of military families to children advocates.

It included mention of the annual Blue Ribbon campaign to bring awareness to child violence and remembering the young lives lost to that violence. It was noted, by one speaker, that the League of Nations, in 1924, first spelled out the rights of children.

Source: Supervisors recognize ‘Children’s Month,’ host of related parts | News | dailyrepublic.com

Elementary students can earn money for Fair Housing Month poster | dailyrepublic.com

Students in grades one through eight have until the end of the month to submit a a poster for Fair Housing Month.

The theme is “What does Fair Housing mean To You?” The grand prize winner gets $100. The winner will be featured at the city council meeting in May.

There will be first prizes of $75, second prizes of $50 and third prizes of #25 for grades first through third, fourth and fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades.

Source: Elementary students can earn money for Fair Housing Month poster | News | dailyrepublic.com

Artists, performers wanted for Student Art Showcase | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County students of all ages are invited to participate in the fourth annual Solano Student Art Showcase.

The showcase, hosted by the Solano County Office of Education, has room for singers, songwriters, poets, jugglers, comedians, magicians, musicians, dancers, dance troops, cheer teams and others.

The event is free for all performers, artists and attendees.

“The annual art showcase recognizes and supports youth resiliency through the arts, providing a space for young artists to express themselves. The event also promotes mental health, wellness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug use,” SCOE said in a statement.

Source: Artists, performers wanted for Student Art Showcase | News | dailyrepublic.com

Students wanted for annual Kindness Video Contest | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office is calling on junior high and high school students to create videos for Kindness Campaign 2024.

This is the sixth year for the video contest “showcasing the power of kindness on campus,” the DA’s Office said.

The district attorney “invites students to submit a video between 30 seconds and two minutes in length that expresses what the power of kindness can accomplish in their school community. It asks the question, ‘How can the power of kindness be used in our schools, homes, and communities to make a positive difference?'”

Source: Students wanted for annual Kindness Video Contest | News | dailyrepublic.com

Water conservation student video contest marks 14th year | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Water Agency is accepting 60-second video entries from students in grades 6 through 12 that support water conservation.

The prize for the winning entry in the 14th annual video contest is $1,500.

“The contest is soliciting original videos that express ideas related to this year’s theme, ‘Think Outside the Sink: Keeping the Rainfall in our Reservoir,’ ” according to a statement released by the Solano Resource Conservation District.

Source: Water conservation student video contest marks 14th year | News | dailyrepublic.com

YACM’s budding musicians perform holiday classics – The Vacaville Reporter

By Karenna Meyer

The spirit of the holidays will be alive and well in the hands (and instruments) of students from the Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) as they take the stage for a performance of Christmas tunes and other musical selections.

This three-day holiday extravaganza, which kicks off with a Harmony Gala on Dec. 13, will occur at Journey Downtown in Vacaville. Ticket holders to YACM’s Holiday Harmonies can come celebrate the music of the season while also supporting the musical aspirations of local youth.

Across the three nights of performances,YACM will feature 119 of its students ranging in skill level from beginning musicians to top level students.

Source: December 7 Vallejo/Vacaville Arts and Entertainment Source: YACM’s budding musicians perform holiday classics – The Vacaville Reporter

County cheers students with winning ‘Kindness’ video | dailyrepublic.com

The seven students who produced the top 2023 Kindness Campaign video were applauded Tuesday at the Solano County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Those students are Aaron Phelps, Josua Perine, Jessica Kurowski, Kimiko Brown, Camryn Kaleah Ladiao, Ilia Senobari Abkenar and Saul Bomero. They attend Rodriguez High School. The video was about Phelps’ experience living with spinal muscular atrophy and attending school via a robot, then wanting to be part of a karate class. Phelps also was a finalist at the Catalina Film Festival.

District Attorney Krishna Abrams, who started the Power of Kindness Campaign with Supervisor John Vasquez in 2017, said that Phelps had indicated that he often felt invisible because of his condition, and said the Covid-19 shutdown might have given other students a feel for what he goes through on a daily basis.

Source: County cheers students with winning ‘Kindness’ video | Museums | dailyrepublic.com

New session of Girls Circle begins Wednesday | dailyrepublic.com

The Fairfield PAL Teen Center, together with the Soroptimists of Central Solano County, will host an all new Girls Circle starting Wednesday.

Girls Circle is a structured support group for Fairfield, Suisun, and Travis girls ages 13-18 years and integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. This Circle will work to enhance girls’ awareness of their relationship with themselves and others.

Girls Circle meets from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 7.

Source: New session of Girls Circle begins Wednesday | Fairfield | dailyrepublic.com

New tutoring center comes to Vallejo – Times Herald Online

By Thomas Gase

Former Vallejo Interim Police Chief Joseph Allio didn’t mince words Wednesday afternoon, saying things around Vallejo seem “goofy and upside down” at times — especially when it comes to crimes involving youth.

Allio hopes to help put an end to that as one of the main people responsible for a new tutoring center put together by the Leaven Kids organization at the Norman King Center in Vallejo.

The project is part of the CAL VIP (Violence and Prevention grant) and part of Vallejo Project Hope in conjunction with the Vallejo Police Department and city as well as other services. It has teamed up to provide resource fair and providing support for children from kindergarten to adulthood with many programs including Broken By Violence and SaneSart. The police department will also provide services.

Source: New tutoring center comes to Vallejo – Times Herald Online

Adaptive physical education students hit the golf course |  dailyrepublic.com

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

More than 100 high school students from Fairfield, Vacaville and Dixon swung golf clubs Friday morning as adaptive physical-education students took over the practice facility at Paradise Valley Golf Course.

It was the first time since Covid the event was held.

The teens moved from station to station working on different skills. Izick Torres, a Fairfield High sophomore, was one of the most determined.

Source: Moving fore-ward: Adaptive physical education students hit the golf course | Golf | dailyrepublic.com

Kids Day on tap for Vacaville’s Pena Adobe Park – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

For the young and young at heart, Kids Day, with activities ranging from grinding corn to making a corn husk doll, returns Saturday to Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville.

Sponsored by the Peña Adobe Historical Society, the event, free and open to the public, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the regional park, 4699 Pena Adobe Road, just off Interstate 80. Cookies and treats will be provided, said Cricket Kanouff, president of the Historical Society.

The Adobe, one of the oldest structures in Solano County, dates to 1842 and was once the home of the Juan Felipe Peña family, who, with the Vacas, settled in Vacaville more than 180 years ago.

Source: Kids Day on tap for Vacaville’s Pena Adobe Park – The Vacaville Reporter

Eat pizza, help local kids realize academic dreams – The Vacaville Reporter

Know how pizza makes life better?

So it could be for a group of Academy of 21st Century Learning students in Vacaville who, with your purchase of some mouthwatering pie, could make their academic dreams come true.

Two teams of Academy youths are headed to the Odyssey of the Mind world championships. They are the only school in all of Solano who participated and made it this far, so they’re representing not just Vacaville but the county as a whole.

Source: Eat pizza, help local kids realize academic dreams – The Vacaville Reporter

Register now for 20th annual Loop the Lagoon races – Daily Republic

Registration is open for the 20th annual Loop the Lagoon Run/Walk, scheduled for May 6 at Lagoon Valley Park.

Funds raised support the Vacaville Public Education Foundation.

“The Loop the Lagoon Run/Walk is a family-friendly event that offers something for everyone,” organizers said in a statement. “The 5K, 10K and 10K Tower Challenge courses will take runners and walkers through rolling hills, scenic paths, and beautiful views of the surrounding hills and lagoon.

“The 2-mile walk offers a leisurely stroll, and the half-mile and 1-mile kids’ races kick off with a mascot parade and end with cheering crowds waiting to give medals to every young participant. Families can enjoy the kids’ expo featuring crafts, activities, snacks, raffle prizes and a petting zoo.”

Source: Register now for 20th annual Loop the Lagoon races

Loop The Lagoon Run/Walk Fundraiser For Students In Need 2023: | Suisun City, CA Patch

“The 20th Annual Loop the Lagoon Run/Walk Fundraiser is set to take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville.

“This long-standing and iconic event promises to be a fun-filled day for the entire community, with participants of all ages and skill levels taking part in the festivities.

“The Loop the Lagoon Run/Walk is a family-friendly event that offers something for everyone.

Source: May 6 | Loop The Lagoon Run/Walk Fundraiser For Students In Need 2023: Vacaville | Suisun City, CA Patch

Celebrate Children’s Day at the Fairfield Cordelia Library – Daily Republic

Help celebrate Children’s Day and Book Day – El día de los niños, El día de los libros – at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Families can enjoy the imaginative play, “Where the Forest Meets the Sea.” Featuring audience participation and bilingual storytelling, this program is sure to delight. One free book per child while supplies last,” organizers said.

Source: Celebrate Children’s Day at the Fairfield Cordelia Library

Leaven Kids hopes to go mobile to bring learning to students – The Vacaville Reporter

Fairfield-based non-profit, Leaven Kids, has ratified plans to fundraise, purchase, and deploy a mobile, self-contained tutoring vehicle, which will feature 10 workstations, computers, radios, STEAM technology, and WiFi.

This initiative will serve as an extension of Leaven Kids’ existing programming, allowing it to expand its reach to students living in rural communities who are not already being serviced by its brick-and-mortar learning centers according to a recent press release.

The mobile tutoring unit will be named in honor of the late Fairfield Mayor, Harry Price, who was a founding member and vocal advocate of the Leaven Kids mission. The Leaven Kids Naming and Stewardship Sub-Committee drafted a formal proposal earlier this year, which was reviewed and ratified by the Board of Directors.

Source: Leaven Kids hopes to go mobile to bring learning to students – The Vacaville Reporter

DA’s Office seeks ‘kindness’ videos from Solano secondary school students – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Are you a middle school or high school student in Solano County, handy with a video camera and have a tale of kindness to tell?

As it has in several past years, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office seeks submissions from the county’s secondary school students to participate in a video contest that showcases the power of positive behavior.

According to a press statement issued by the DA’s Office on Monday, the Kindness Campaign Video Contest invites students to submit a video between 30 seconds and two minutes in length that “expresses what the power of kindness can accomplish in their school community. It asks the question, ‘How can the power of kindness be used in our schools, homes, and communities to make a positive difference?’ ”

Source: DA’s Office seeks ‘kindness’ videos from Solano secondary school students – The Vacaville Reporter

Leadership opportunity for Vacaville youth – The Vacaville Reporter

Are you a Vacaville high schooler interested in learning about government?

Check out the Annual Summer at City Hall program in Vacaville.

This 4-week program — a partnership with the city of Vacaville, Vacaville Unified School District and Travis Unified School District — is open to Vacaville youth who will be juniors or seniors this fall.

Youth will participate in a class focused on skill development, civic engagement and local government. Students will also have an opportunity to intern with the city of Vacaville or Vacaville Unified School District.

Source: Leadership opportunity for Vacaville youth – The Vacaville Reporter