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Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by planning a “5 Gallon Gala” fundraiser to help bring water to those in need worldwide.

The event is scheduled 6-9 p.m. March 6 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

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Loyola emphasizes compassion during Spirit Week activities


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Loyola first-grader Elsa Sapojnikoff makes a Valentine’s Day card for a senior during the school’s Spirit Week activities.

The Loyola School community spent last week not just learning about compassion, but putting it into action.

Each year the school hosts a Spirit Week that highlights a pillar of Project Cornerstone, a community-based initiative that aims to build a web of support around students so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults.

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Nobel Prize winner engages Blach students during speech


Lauren Koong/Town Crier Junior Reporter
Blach Intermediate School students ask Nobel Prize winner Professor William E. Moerner questions after his Feb. 1 speech.

The Blach Intermediate School auditorium filled with excitement at the prospect of meeting a Nobel Prize winner. Professor William E. Moerner of Stanford University visited Blach Feb. 1 to discuss his reserach work and his path to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Moerner was born in Pleasanton but grew up in Texas. He grew up loving to build things after his parents gave him a transistor radio kit in first grade. At his eighth-grade science fair, he won the grand prize for his project on various motor oils and their viscosity.

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Loyola K-Kids launch eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, will attempt to set a club record during its 10th annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students hope to collect more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 8,000 pairs of glasses in nine years with the help of the public and local storeowners who offered space for collection buckets.

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Los Altos High student hopes to bring animal therapy to school


Courtesy of Christine Lenz
Los Altos High junior Riley Fujioka, left, works with Animal Assisted Happiness program manager Simone Haroush-van Dam.

Research affirms that the therapeutic effects of animals help reduce stress in humans, and one Los Altos High School student aims to harness such relationships to support her peers.

Junior Riley Fujioka hopes to bring animals to those in need (special needs, health or family challenges) by establishing a branch of an animal therapy charity – Animal Assisted Happiness – at Los Altos High. Her ultimate goal is to enable students to benefit from the calming effects of petting rabbits and guinea pigs during finals week.

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Los Altos High School schedules fourth annual History Week


Town Crier File Photo
Louis Pare, chief engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp., discusses the history of California’s aerospace industry at Los Altos High’s History Week last year.

Los Altos High School is slated to present its fourth annual History Week with the theme “Environmentalism Then and Now: Empowering Student Actions.”

Scheduled Monday through Feb. 12, the week will include a wide range of speakers who will share their expertise on past and present environmental issues and preservation activities.

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BCS alumni advance to international competition with school project


Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School alumni, from left, Ninnad Raman, Maddie Young and Sophia Lufkin received “Highest Excellence” on their SchoolsNEXT project, which was a design for a school of the future.

Bullis Charter School alumni Sophia Lufkin, Ninnad Raman and Maddie Young recently competed in the final round of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International’s SchoolsNEXT project and received “Highest Excellence” on their project.

The Los Altos students designed a “school of the future” as part of Bullis Charter School’s spring eighth-grade Intersession, devoting three full weeks to an assigned study area. After winning the schoolwide, regional and national competitions, they competed in the international round in San Diego in October.

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