By Kimberly K. Fu
Solano County sheriff’s deputies, all off duty, descended on Target in Vacaville early Saturday with one aim in mind — to make the holiday season bright for 20 students throughout the county.
Just after 7 a.m., the “Shop with a Deputy” event, sponsored by the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, was in full swing. Kids from pre-K to 10th grade, all who thrived despite experiencing adversity, were partnered with a deputy and then embarked on the ultimate shopping adventure.
“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community,” advised Sgt. Christine Castillo. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Source: Deputies bring cheer to Solano students – The Vacaville Reporter
By Zachary Cimaglio
Cars and bikes of various makes and models gathered round in the parking lot of the Ball Metal Beverage Packaging plant in Fairfield Saturday for the 9th Annual Ball Metal Car and Motorcycle School Supply Drive Car Show.
The event consisted of a contest for attendees to vote on their favorite vehicles and a raffle table laden with various prizes.
The car show has been a staple in the community for nearly a decade, and public support appears to be as high as ever. Car junkies, bikers and various other community members came together to provide school supplies for students who may not have access to them as the school year gets into full swing.
Source: Solano County residents show off their rides to support local students – The Vacaville Reporter
The Workforce Development Board of Solano County is offering a free, five-week pre-apprenticeship training for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 that will help them to complete all the training they need for an introductory trades position at no cost to them.
The pre-apprenticeship training will be offered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 11 to Aug. 15, at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
“This program will truly open doors for their future,” said Nel Sweet-Davis, an employability specialist with the Workforce Development Board of Solano County and one of the organizers of the training program. “It’s more than the trades. It will encompass so many industries, industries that are becoming very common here in Solano County. We encourage the students to see this as a kickstart program to their future in the trades or labor industry.”
Source: Solano Workforce Development Board offering free pre-apprenticeship training program – Times-Herald
Travis Credit Union is challenging youths to be fiscally aware.
April is Financial Literacy Month and TCU is giving teens ages 13 to 18 the opportunity to complete four online money challenges and learn about managing money.
Every challenge will be a new online financial education activity on organizing finances, Avoiding debt, establishing savings and building credit. Those who complete every challenge will be entered to win an Apple iPad.
Source: Program teaches teens money management – The Vacaville Reporter
A campaign designed to stop underage drinking, “Keep Youth Safe,” has been launched by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Destructive Decisions are part of the campaign.
The state agency reported that 100 California teenagers died in alcohol-related crashes in 2019 and 2020.
“Protecting youth has always been a priority for ABC, and will continue to be a major emphasis,” Eric Hirata, director of the state agency, said in a statement. “We hope this message helps in preventing alcohol-related crashes and poisonings throughout the state.”
Source: State, MADD, SADD launch youth drinking prevention campaign
The League of Women Voters Solano County has formed a partnership with Solano Youth Coalition with the goal “to provide hands-on civics learning opportunities to student members of SYC.”
The result is the formation of the Solano League Observer Corps.
“Too many people are ignorant as to how government works, especially what they must do to make it work,” Alice Fried, the league’s youth coordinator, said in a statement released Monday.
Source: Youth Commission, League of Women Voters join forces
By Matt Miller
What started out as a vision by one Vacaville Rotarian and local engineer has taken shape into a countywide network of volunteers as the new Play 4 All Park off of Elmira Road is slowly taking shape.
Tom Phillippi, president of Phillippi Engineering, was visiting his daughter in Round Rock, Texas, when he saw a fully adaptive play park and decided Vacaville needed to have one of its own. He returned to tell his fellow Rotarians and others in the community. A plan was hatched and the project grew into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
“It’s been very humbling,” Phillippi said. “They’ve all given on just an idea. That is very overwhelming. So many volunteers have spent endless hours pulling this together.”
Source: Play 4 All Park hopes for final financial push before completion
For those high school juniors and seniors who do not want to let their minds wander this summer, the city of Vacaville has the program for you.
In conjunction with the Vacaville and Travis unified school districts, the city will be hosting Summer at City Hall, a four-week program where incoming juniors and seniors learn daily lessons about their local government and participate in an internship at a city department. For their participation, students will receive five units of extracurricular credit and a $250 stipend.
Orientation will take place June 6, and classes will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays June 7 to 30, with a graduation ceremony on the final day. Internships will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on class days.
Source: Summer at City Hall application period opens Monday – The Vacaville Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to spend $1.87 million in federal pandemic relief funds toward a new Early Learning Center at the site of the former Beverly Hills Elementary School in Vallejo.
The board also approved $533,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding toward programs to reconnect with students who did not graduate during the pandemic and are not engaged in any kind of school or work programs. It is a three-year program.
The actions were taken during a presentation by the Children/Education working group, one of 10 groups addressing various priorities eligible for the federal funding.
Source: Solano spends $2.4M on Vallejo learning center, program for ‘disconnected students’
The Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association invites the community to the 6th Annual FSVAA High School Student Art Show, which opens Wednesday.
The show features artwork from students at various high schools in Solano County.
Categories include Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel/Drawing, Sculpture/Assemblage, Ceramic Vessel, Mixed Media/Collage, Color Photography, B&W Photography, Computer Art/Digital Art, Fiber Art/Textile, Printmaking, Jewelry, and Video/Other.
Source: Student art show opens this week at Solano Town Center
By Nick Sestanovich
As if mountains of homework wasn’t terrifying enough, Fairfield will have its very own haunted school, complete with a murderous head mistress, spooky cafeteria and a detention room that will have people begging for light.
But it’s all in good fun and the proceeds will go toward the Fairfield Police Department’s Police Activities League (PAL). Such creepy sights are common in October and they are all part of sKreamZ Haunted Attractions’ annual tradition of temporarily converting vacant properties into supernatural settings.
This year, the old Sullivan Middle School campus will be transformed into “Fearfilled Prep School,” which opens for tours Oct. 8 and will give a frightening new meaning to the term “school spirit.”
Source: SKreamZ transforms former junior high campus into haunted prep school – The Vacaville Reporter
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Eric Land’s inner child takes over as Halloween draws near.
He’s created Fearfilled Prep this year inside the Sullivan Interagency Youth Services gym.
“There’s a lot of space here,” said Land, who heads up sKreamZ Haunted Attractions. “This is probably one of the biggest.”
Land and the Fairfield Police Activities League began working together on haunted offerings in 2010, setting up frights in a variety of locations including the PAL’s former center next to Grocery Outlet, a one-time quilt shop in downtown Fairfield and a long-abandoned restaurant at the Solano Town Center mall.
Source: PAL joins ‘sKreamZ’ to transform Fairfield school gym into Fearfilled Prep
The Vacaville Youth Roundtable will host a Teen Summit from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 titled “Mental Health is Mental Wealth.”
All Solano County middle and high school students are welcome to attend. The summit will feature youth- and adult-led workshops discussing the importance of mental wellness during the pandemic.
Prizes and interactive activities will be available, such as a yoga session and a dance performance by Bliss.
Source: Vaca Youth Roundtable Teen Summit open to Solano middle, high school students
Travis Credit Union recently awarded 20 local high school students the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship, one of the annual scholarships TCU awards to assist its young members with the increasing cost of higher education.
All of the winning students received a ‘Gala in a Box,’ which included the scholarship award announcement of $2,000 to help with college expenses, as well as a $200 gift card. TCU board members as well as executive leadership members coordinated live Zoom calls with the families to join with them virtually in opening the ‘special delivery’ box to celebrate their achievement.
For 17 years, TCU has been awarding 20 local, college-bound seniors with a $2,000 Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship. To qualify, students must be high school seniors, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a 500-word personal statement essay on their plans for the future.
Source: Travis Credit Union awards scholarships to 20 local high school students – The Reporter
Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for new Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) student members.
SYC engages students in open conversations and collaboration among a new generation of youth advocates and is open to youth residing in Solano County, ages 14-21 years old, who are attending school full time. The mission of SYC is to raise awareness and advocate for safe and healthy choices in Solano communities.
The student-based coalition educates peers and community members on issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs preventions, mental health awareness, violence prevention, social justice and racial equity. The coalition strives to build positive and healthy youth-adult partnerships as well as engage youth in being active leaders.
Source: Solano County Office of Education seeking new Solano Youth Coalition members – Times-Herald
By Anna Eaton
Amid a backdrop encouraging youth to “Make the Promise to Graduate” at the Trower Center, youth at the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club were honored Wednesday at the club’s annual Academic Celebration.
Members from the Padan Club, Markham Club, Trower Club and the Teen Center came together under the pavilion for a socially-distanced recognition. Club staff recognized youth who excelled in Health & Fitness, Character & Leadership and Academic Success. A majority of the kids received an award for making the 3.0 (gpa) Club and proud parents were on hand to snap photos.
Source: Vacaville youth honored by Boys & Girls Club – The Reporter
By Richard Bammer
Like most of us, Vacaville area educators, students and families recall the week in March 2020 when their world began to change. A year and some days since, many long for the “before times.”
However, across Solano County and the nation, online education has taken root. As classroom instruction is about to resume in a hybrid model for what’s left of the academic year, local educators hold out hope that students will welcome the change.
In emailed responses to a series of Reporter questions, Ed Santopadre, associate superintendent for Vacaville Unified, noted ways student learning and achievement has been affected by the pandemic and remote learning.
Source: Coronavirus: Solano public schools unlikely to return to the ‘before times’ – The Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
The Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team took second to Campolindo High School of Contra Costa County in the 2021 Bay Regional Academic Decathlon.
Davis Senior High School was third.
The Vanden High team members are seniors Diana Egan, Faith Miller, Lucas Morales, Annika Serrano, Alex Melendres and Jelly Caraballo; juniors Nina Schmidt and Nihal Grewal; and sophomore Sydney Haas.
The Solano County Office of Education hosted the decathlon, which attracted 240 students from 15 high schools in Solano, Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and Yolo counties.
Source: Vanden 2nd at regional Academic Decathlon; will represent Solano at state event
Seventeen Solano students were recognized Saturday during a virtual Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Chinese American Association of Solano County and awarded scholarships to aid them in their academic journeys.
“The strength of our communities and the future is directly dependent upon theeducation of our youth,”said C.C. Yin, founder and chairman of CAASC, in a press statement.
During the last 24 years, due to generous corporate sponsorships and community support, 306 students have been granted CAASC scholarships totaling in excess of $220,500, organizers said.
Source: 17 Solano students awarded college scholarships – The Reporter
Mariah Levy, a senior at Vanden High School, and Shelbri Gates, a senior at Mare Island Technology Academy, have received the first-ever Travis Credit Union Foundation scholarship.
The $500 awards were “developed to motivate and support college-aged youth from underserved communities to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities,” according to a statement released by the credit union.
The scholarships were announced during the annual Life after High School event, hosted in partnership with the Solano County Office of Education.
Source: Solano students receive Travis Credit scholarships