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Local residents pursue storytelling project in South Africa

Courtesy of Drew Descourouez
Drew Descourouez, left, and Michael Bakan, third from right, are sharing the stories of the people of Soweto, South Africa, to address poverty.

When Los Altos residents Michael Bakan and Drew Descourouez told the customs security officer at the Johannesburg airport that they were visiting the South African township of Soweto, he met them with a puzzled look.

“Why in God’s good name would you go there?” the customs officer asked. “That’s a ghetto! You don’t go there!”

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

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.

PTSA asks students to PAUSE in final weeks

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Yoga instructor and Mountain View High parent Padma Ramaswamy donated her services to help students release stress during finals week. Ramaswamy’s yoga session was one of many highlights of the two-week, PTSA-sponsored Spartans PAUSE program.

The final two weeks of the school year can be a stressful time for high school students. With that in mind, Mountain View High School PTSA parents recently launched a two-week campaign filled with stress-relieving activities.

Concluding the year with extra funds in its coffers, the PTSA decided to put the money to good use by creating the Spartans PAUSE program, which features nine days of morning and lunchtime student support activities addressing the notion that students should “pause” a few minutes each day to take care of themselves during the exhausting weeks they spend studying for finals and preparing end-of-course projects.

MVHS Drama Club performs 'Star Wars'-themed musical

The Mountain View High School Drama Club performed the world premiere of its own student-written musical, “Solo,” earlier this month.

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables for those in need.

The Almond School Community Services Committee recently hosted an event that included packing 15,000 meals for families in need.

Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, assembled meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables.

Blach student transitions to adulthood with bat mitzvah project

Photos courtesy of Sandra Mahlmeister
Blach seventh-grader Drew Mahlmeister, center, works with students in Theuerkauf Elementary School’s Beyond the Bell program on an art lesson she developed.

Drew Mahlmeister, a seventh-grader at Blach Intermediate School, marked her bat mitzvah last week with not only the traditional party, but also by giving back to the community.

In the Jewish culture, “bat mitzvah” means “person of responsibility.” Under Jewish law, a person is counted as a full member of the community at age 13, passing into adulthood.

Loyola's 'Mary Poppins' teacher to retire this year

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier 
Shari Elmer

Loyola School might be a little less magical next year, as the school’s own Mary Poppins is set to retire in June.

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