Lynwood High School Students to Deliver Holiday Gifts to Needy Families:
Firebaugh High School students will deliver more than 1,000 Thanksgiving packages full of food and supplies to Los Angeles homeless shelters on Thursday, Nov. 22. Students will collect food and personal hygiene items to prepare the packages as part of the school’s Helping Hands community service club. The items will be taken to the Midnight Mission, 601 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, and handed out to homeless in the nearby Los Angeles area.
Whittier Union Releases 3 Initial Draft Trustee Area Maps:
Whittier Union High School District has released three initial draft trustee area maps as it shifts from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections, effective November 2020. The District is seeking public input on the initial draft maps – NDC Green Map, NDC Orange Map and NDC Purple Map – which were developed by professional demographers based on comments from previous public hearings. The public may submit input regarding how the trustee areas are divided through comment boxes available at the five comprehensive high schools, District office and WUHSD District Formation Process website, www.elections.wuhsd.org. The District will host two rounds of community open houses during which attendees may provide structured input on the maps. The first round will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at Whittier High School; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Santa Fe High School; and 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. A second round will be held in December.
Bonita Unified School District to Celebrate Retiring Board Member:
After 17 years of service, Bonita Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Patti Latourelle is retiring in December. Latourelle, an advocate for at-risk youth and a champion for the well-being of students, was elected in November 2001. The District will thank Latourelle for her years of service and celebrate her accomplishments with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Ramona Middle School gym, 3490 Ramona Ave., La Verne.
Fontana Unified to Provide Parents with Tips on Cyber Safety:
Fontana Unified will offer its third Parent University workshop of the year, continuing its efforts to boost family engagement in the educational process. The first free session, “Parenting in a Digital World,” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Fontana Adult School, 10755 Oleander Ave.; and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John D. Piazza Center, 9680 Citrus Ave. Translation services will be available.
El Monte City School District to Host Fantasy Author Alane Adams:
El Monte City School District’s Wright School will host two assemblies for students to meet author and literacy advocate Alane Adams, creator of “The Legends of Orkney” fantasy mythology series and “The Santa Thief,” at 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11317 E. McGirk St., El Monte. Adams will speak to students about her books and career as a novelist.
Bassett High Students to Combat Finals Stress with Puppies, Meditation:
Bassett High School students will combat finals week anxiety with a series of anti-stress activities organized by Bassett Connects, a new student group that focuses on emotional and social health. Funded by a $20,000 grant, the group’s first activity will help peers handle the pressure of end-of-semester tests by creating stress balls, aromatherapy meditation and playing with puppies. The events run at lunch from Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 6, with the puppies arriving on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Bassett High is at 755 N. Ardilla Ave., La Puente.
Monrovia Unified Adds Dual-language Immersion Program at 2nd Elementary School:
Monrovia Unified will expand its highly popular dual-language immersion program to Wild Rose School of Creative Arts in fall 2019 for transitional kindergarteners and kindergarteners. Parents interested in the Spanish/English program can enroll at either Wild Rose or the District’s original site at Monroe Elementary, depending on where they reside. Parent information sessions will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Wild Rose School of Creative Arts, 232 Jasmine Ave., Monrovia. Both sessions will be presented in English and Spanish; child care will be available.
El Monte Union Launches Cash for College Workshops:
El Monte Union High School District is hosting its final Cash for College workshop to help students and families fill out financial aid applications and access other resources to ensure a smooth transition toward higher education. Attendees can get help completing FAFSA and California Dream Act applications from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Fernando R. Ledesma High School, 12347 Ramona Blvd., El Monte.
Baldwin Park Unified, City to Host 22nd Annual Santa Clothes Project:
Baldwin Park Unified and the city of Baldwin Park are preparing for the 22nd annual Santa Clothes project, in which 350 Baldwin Park Unified students will receive a shopping spree at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Walmart, 3250 Big Dalton Ave., Baldwin Park. Donations are welcomed until Monday, Dec. 3. For more information, contact Maria Guevara at 626-962-3311, ext. 6177.