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Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


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Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former NFL tight end Eason Ramson now coaches local youth on healthful lifestyle choices, he once needed the helping hand of a mentor.

During an all-school assembly at Blach Intermediate School Feb. 13, Ramson, 58, shared with students what it was like to be a young athlete and how a split-second decision to use cocaine led to his dismissal from the football field. The fumbles and recoveries that followed in subsequent years, he said, made him the person he is today.

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Oak students' stories come to life


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Imagination Machine actors bring an Oak Avenue School student's story to life during a special assembly last week, above.

Laughter filled the Oak Avenue School Multipurpose Room last week as students watched stories they wrote come to life right before their eyes.

Oak’s PTA invited The Imagination Machine, a professional children’s theater company, to perform the children’s works. Oak hosted two assemblies, one for the lower grades and another for the upper grades, during which the troupe acted out stories of a turkey, a brave boy, a pajama-wearing superhero, a zombie-protecting canine and others.

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Montclaire hosts Science Fair


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Montclaire Elementary School students share their Science Fair projects with fellow students, parents and judges.

Students at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos showcased their talents Jan. 28 at the school’s third annual Science Fair.

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Bullis Charter School students attend Turtle Camp to learn conservation


Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School fourth- and fifth-graders guide younger students through activity centers that aim to educate about leatherback turtle conservation efforts.

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Bullis Charter School stepped into the role of teacher last week when they taught kindergarten and first-grade students how they can help save leatherback sea turtles.

The school developed the event, called Turtle Camp, after receiving a $4,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean (NOAA) Guardian Grant awarded to schools that demonstrate a commitment to protect and conserve local and global waterways.

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Egan, BCS parents join forces for safety


Courtesy of Corinne Machatzke
Representatives from Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools – from left, Buffy Poon, Karen Schuster, Grace Yang and Corinne Machatzke – collaborate to present a joint bike and safety resolution to the Los Altos City Council.

Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools parent leaders presented a joint Bike and Pedestrian Safety Resolution at the Los Altos City Council meeting last week.

Karen Schuster and Corinne Machatzke, co-presidents of the Egan PTA, and Bullis Charter School Booster Club Chairwoman Grace Yang and former Chairwoman Buffy Poon shared their respective school communities’ concerns for student safety while biking and walking to and from school.

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Santa Rita visits The Terraces


Susie Greenwald’s third-grade class at Santa Rita School has a special relationship with The Terraces at Los Altos, a senior retirement community. The class visits the center once a month to share quality time with the residents, above. The students braved the downpour Dec. 11, left, to visit with the seniors. The residents shared stories with the children of their Christmas traditions, and the students presented seniors with holiday cards featuring heartfelt sentiments. The seniors and the students joined together to sing “Jingle Bells.”

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Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participated in national Hour of Code activities last week, aiming to spread the desire not just to consume technology, but to help build it.

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