Palo Alto Weekly

- June 21, 2006

The buzz

PTA PERFECTION . . . The Palo Alto Council of PTAs was recently awarded two California State PTA Awards at the 107th annual statewide convention in Anaheim. The local council was honored with the Outreach Award for its leadership in launching the Bridge of Caring program, a long-term effort to provide support and relief to schools in Louisiana damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Palo Alto Council was also this year's recipient of the Advocacy Award for its communication efforts on behalf of local ballot measures. The group was also recognized for its legislative advocacy efforts, which have included letter-writing campaigns and speaker events with locally elected state representatives.

SCOUTING IT OUT . . . Girl Scout Troop 626 welcomes girls entering the third- through sixth-grades for Junior Girl Scouting. The girls engage in various activities, including games, field trips and camping. The group meets from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m. Fridays at Nixon Elementary School. For more information, e-mail troop leader Sandra Nadim at sandranadim@yahoo.com.

GOLD STARS . . . Students from Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto have received awards and scholarships from Northern California's 2006 Hispanic Youth Awards, which identifies and promotes students of Hispanic descent. Luis Alberto Torres, who graduated from Eastside last week, was this year's Gold Medallion Winner for Engineering and Mathematics. He plans to major in chemical, civil or electrical engineering. Giovanni Mata Mgana, who also recently graduated from Eastside, was the Gold Medallion Winner for Sports. She is the first member of her family to graduate from high school and will attend Santa Clara University. In its ninth year, this national leadership program annually provides more than 200 students with $650,000 in educational grants in 12 regions across the United States.

TEA TIME . . . A longtime substitute teacher for Palo Alto's public schools, Sheralee Hill Iglehart, spoke at the first annual Children's Authors Tea held last month at Trinity School in Menlo Park. Iglehart, who did graduate work at Stanford University, explained to the event's 100 guests that many classic children's books, such as Winnie the Pooh and Babar, originally gained popularity as bedtime stories. "To think we wouldn't have had Winnie the Pooh all these years if some parent wasn't trying to get their kid to sleep," she said.

A BIRTHDAY FOR BING . . . A research symposium, titled "Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Development of the Young Child," was held earlier this month at Stanford University to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bing Nursery School. Five Stanford professors and another from the University of Virginia presented research on social and cognitive development. Bing is part of Stanford's Department of Psychology and serves as a setting for child-development research and teaching. About 450 children are currently enrolled.

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The buzz is a regular feature during the summer months announcing news and events related to schools and youth. Send news to At School Editor Alexandria Rocha at arocha@paweekly.com.

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