Montclaire grads travel in the name of peace and understanding

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Caroline Kane, above left at left, participates in a group dance activity during the Children’s International Summer Villages program.

Three Los Altos students left the comforts of home this summer and returned with a completely different view of the world – not to mention a host of friends from such faraway places as Latvia, the Netherlands and Ecuador.

The students, who had just graduated from fifth grade at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos, attended the Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) program, a volunteer organization with camps around the world that promote peace and cross-cultural understanding.


BCS parents host summer bridge camp for students in need

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Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp counselor Sonia Uppal teaches students the basics of computer coding last week.

The Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp aims to reduce the achievement gap by offering a hands-on academic and enrichment program to ease the “summer slide” for underserved students.

The weeklong camp, held July 27-31 at Bullis Charter School, targets local English Language Learners and students entering grades 2-4 who receive a free or reduced-priced lunch. This year’s camp hosted 45 students, most from Santa Rita and Monta Loma elementary schools.


BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

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The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local underserved children who didn’t have the opportunity to attend preschool are preparing for their transition to kindergarten this summer at Bullis Charter School.

Charter school officials partnered with the Family Engagement Institute (FEI) at Foothill College to offer Stretch to Kindergarten – a six-week, tuition-free program designed to help children from low-income families adapt to an academic setting.


Foothill STEM camps offer resources for low-income students

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Students use software connected to a 3D printer, left, to create a miniature San Francisco, including the Ferry Building, below, at Foothill’s STEM Summer Camps.

Expanding efforts to spark and inspire students’ interest in Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Math, STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College more than doubled in size this summer.

From serving 480 students last year to 1,250 this year, the program offers hands-on and experiential lessons in STEM topics.


Local camp promotes speech and debate

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Students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools sponsored a speech and debate camp for middle schoolers, above, last month to encourage interest at an early age. Camp participants spend a week practicing their public-speaking skills and refining their debate strategies, below.

After a successful launch last year, the Mountain View Los Altos High School Speech and Debate Team held their second summer camp for middle schoolers last month.

Co-founded by James Naumovski from Los Altos High and Moira Huang from Mountain View High, the camp is designed to foster middle-school students’ interest in public speaking and debate and provide an introduction to the high schools’ debate program.


KCI hosts annual cohort of teachers

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The Krause Center for Innovation is hosting a group of 49 local teachers during its annual MERIT program at Foothill College. Participating teachers, above and below, listen as MERIT alumni and education experts share strategies for using technology to transform their classrooms.

Teachers became students once again during a two-week intensive training program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College that wraps up Friday.

The teachers are part of the MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program, a research-based educator development initiative that focuses on using technology tools to transform how students learn.


Empoder: Changing Silicon Valley, one girl at a time

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Grace Gao, left, an incoming junior at Los Altos High School, helps a student from the Mountain View Whisman School District with computer code during Empoder’s summer program.

Los Altos Hills resident Marissa Yanez is on a mission to empower the low-income communities of Silicon Valley, home to the largest income gap in the United States.

Yanez is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Empoder, an organization focused on exposing underserved students to engineering and computer science. Motivated by the wealth disparity in the Bay Area, Yanez characterized the tech industry as the “greatest creation of wealth” in the nation.


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