The cuts keep coming to California's higher education system.
California State University, Stanislaus Department of Education students, faculty and families donated items to make literacy boxes, which included books, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue, erasers and puzzles. Department of Education Associate Professor Mary Borba and colleague Anne Weisenberg handed out about 108 literacy boxes to Wakefield students in an effort to promote reading and writing over the holiday break. Both Borba and Deisenberg encouraged the students to play school during the break.
Denair Elementary students prepared for the holiday break with a last run at fitness and a musical performance.
California State University, Stanislaus received funding to modernize its original science building, built in 1971. The 51,000 gross square foot Science I building was taken offline when the Naraghi Hall of Science opened at the campus in fall 2007. The building has seen very limited use since that time. The two-year renovation project will return the facility to use as classrooms, laboratory space and faculty offices that will house our growing nursing and social work programs. Construction is scheduled to begin Jan. 4, 2012.
The Yosemite Community College District will be reopening the position announcement for Modesto Junior College president. The YCCD president selection committee had been considering four finalists for the position and public forums were held with the candidates.
Teachers, staff and parents at Medeiros Elementary in Turlock teamed up with employees from Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency to provide 14 needy students a holiday season with warm clothes on their backs.
Twenty little girls in the Turlock area will soon receive brand new holiday dresses, thanks to the efforts of Anne Cornell's fashion class at Pitman High School. On Tuesday, the dresses were picked up by Major Debbie Hood of the Salvation Army to be distributed during the organization's annual community Christmas lunch.
Walnut Elementary Renaissance kindergarteners and first graders put on a "Country Christmas" winter program for family, friends and faculty Tuesday night in the school gym. Parents were impressed with the ability to get dozens of five, six and seven year olds to stay still for the entire performance.
As today's world moves further down the technological and information super highway, knowledge of all things computer related has become a key component of success - not just academically, but in the workforce as well.
Turlock Sikh Temple: Punjabi School Student of the Month
December Character Counts Students: Sophie Mayol and Rajvir Birk - Cunningham Elementary
The Dutcher Middle School and Turlock High School girl's basketball programs donated more than 200 coats to the Coats 4 Kids campaign in Turlock.
For the third consecutive year, the California State University system has received a record number of undergraduate applications.
One month ago a 12-year-old girl was hospitalized after being struck by a car in front of Turlock Junior High School. She had darted into traffic and didn't see the car coming toward her. The driver was not cited and the unfortunate incident was simply an accident. According to Turlock Unified School District officials, the girl is now recovering well.
During their first Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday night, newly elected trustees Grady Welch and Harinder Grewal were introduced to the nightmarish side of being school board members - the budget, and dealing with the State of California.
Three apple trees, two almond trees, five grape vines and rows of radishes, green beans and corn-this is just the beginning of the Dutcher Middle School garden.
Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Sonny DaMarto was named a finalist for the 2013 Superintendent of the Year through the National Association of School Superintendents. DaMarto attended a NASS symposium in Southern California in March where he collaborated and discussed key issues and challenges educators face today.