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Los Altos High musicians embark on Australian tour

Courtesy of Julie McAfee
The Los Altos High School Festival Ensemble rehearses for its Australian tour.

Los Altos High School’s Festival Ensemble is scheduled to embark on a 13-day performance tour of Australia later this month.

The instrumentalists will perform in a variety of venues and concert halls in Melbourne and Sydney. The feature event is a performance at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 27th annual Australian International Music Festival, which includes groups from Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. There are approximately 1,000 participants at the festival each year.

Kick, Lead, and Dream marks 10 years of inspiring youth

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Campers at the Kick, Lead, and Dream summer camp pile on their coach, bottom, in green shirt. The relationships among campers and their coaches is a special element of the camp, which encourages positivity, leadership and good sportsmanship.

To the casual onlooker, the Kick, Lead, and Dream soccer camp looks like a typical summer activity for local children. But for the campers and students involved, it is so much more.

Kick, Lead, and Dream aims to create a fun environment where motivated high school student coaches volunteer to become role models and provide at-risk kids from Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities and gain the confidence to dream big.

LAEF fulfills $3.5 million grant for elementary and jr. high schools

Courtesy of LAEF
Katie Farley, Covington School STEM teacher, works with students in her classroom. The Los Altos Educational Foundation provides funding for the Los Altos School District’s STEM program.

The Los Altos Educational Foundation recently met its fundraising goal of $3.5 million for the 2015-2016 school year.

For more than 30 years, the nonprofit foundation has solicited donations from parents and local residents to provide funding for enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District.

MVLA foundation raises record-breaking grant funds

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School sophomore Hassib Rangeen, center, presents to a group of his peers his research on the decay rate of apples at his class’ Food Chemistry Fair. The MVLA Foundation’s Innovative Learning Grants funded the fair.

The MVLA High School Foundation recently gave the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District a $1.575 million grant, the largest grant in the foundation’s 34-year history.

At the annual spring gifting dinner last month, foundation co-executive directors Laura Roberts and Margaret Gong presented a $1.575 million check to Superintendent Jeff Harding and district board President Phil Faillace.

Movement Method helps local special-needs student: Free event sheds light on new learning technique

Courtesy of Anne Johnston
Los Altos mother Anne Johnston hired Los Altos School District teacher Ashley Schmitz, center, to work with her son Axel, right, over the summer using the Movement Method.

For Los Altos resident Anne Johnston, discovering the Movement Method proved life-changing for her family.

Johnston is the mother of Axel, 11, who has moderate to severe autism. Three years ago, she was losing sleep over Axel’s lack of progress in the classroom.

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