Antioch’s Belshaw school hosts ‘yard crashers’

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Antioch’s Belshaw school hosts ‘yard crashers’

Antioch’s Belshaw school hosts ‘yard crashers’

HGTV — watch out. Belshaw Elementary hosted its own “Yard Crashers” type of event recently.

The Antioch school received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s for improvements to the 60-year-plus campus. Add to the mix an oh-so-generous parent who matched those funds, and you have a winning makeover.

The landscape redo included a sitting wall for kids, an outdoor eating area and shade trees. The school also replaced a weed-filled area with crushed granite rock for a “firm, stable surface for the kids to walk on with a stone path to connect walkways,” said Principal Casey Lewis. The project focused on the area between the cafeteria and the music portable.

“I was very excited about the opportunity this grant would provide to help us improve the school. With the grant and help of Skip Hammond and his company, Ever Green Gardens, we were able to relandscape the outside of the cafeteria.”

The $10,000 landscape remodel became a reality thanks to the huge support and effort of “staff, parents and community members. They are really happy about the improvements,” as are the students now that they have a place to sit and eat outside.

Teacher Connie Azevedo was part of the grant-writing committee, along with Tami Keller and Sylvia Price.
Additionally, although not part of the official landscape team, teacher Mark Libbey and several of his Dozier-Libbey Medical High School students planted fresh flowers in front of the school entrance.
Lewis’ favorite part of the whole event?

“When we were working on Saturday to complete the project, we had people who were walking by and noticed the schoolyard. They quickly volunteered by picking up a shovel and getting dirty with the rest of us. And that’s what this is all about.”

STELLAR STUDENTS: The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors recently honored several students for going above and beyond.

Those winning the 2017 Hall of Fame awards were Charlie Cleberg of Hercules High, Shreejal Luitel of Middle College High School (San Pablo) and Vicente Mancia of De Anza High (Richmond).
East County was well represented thanks to Antioch High’s Trey Hall and Heritage High’s Sarah Nunnink.

Hall received the Valiant Volunteer award. The senior is involved in many programs at AHS, including Peer Mediation, rally coordinator, Tobacco Use Prevention Education, National Coalition Institute and the Buddy Club. When not on campus, he is often at the Antioch Community Center mentoring young men or at the First Baptist Church Head Start Program, where he has volunteered more than 240 hours. Additionally, he put in more than 90 hours assisting, researching and studying the various aspects of child development and classroom management skills, along with helping with the PE program at Marsh Elementary.

Nunnink is a busy senior — juggling her duties on the rally squad, campus safety committee, Investment Club, Chinese Club and choir. She has received numerous academic honors and is a big volunteer with Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. As part of her Caracol Project, Nunnink was ambassador for Soles4Souls, collecting more than 600 pairs of shoes and raising $3,600 for the Costa Rica Missions, which gave out 2,000 pairs of shoes to teenagers in need.

ROLL CALL: Pittsburg’s Los Medanos Elementary School was recently selected by Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence as a top public school, earning the 2016 Honor Roll school award.

According to the news release, the Honor Roll is “part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students.”

“We are so proud to be recognized by leaders in the California business community as an Honor Roll school,” said Joanne Rovner-Curtis, principal. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously reflect and improve our practices.

This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students.”
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Published at Mon, 15 May 2017 17:00:24 +0000