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.


Foothill dental hygiene students travel to Vietnam to treat orphans

Courtesy of Ivan Ferrer
Foothill College dental hygiene students treat orphans in a makeshift clinic in Vietnam. The group of 16 students served more than 1,000 children over their holiday break.

Despite working in makeshift treatment rooms in sweltering heat, Foothill College dental hygiene students said they maintained “positive attitudes” while serving orphans in Vietnam over their holiday break.

Student Diana Ngo and her mother, Cindy, came up with the idea for last month’s trip, an opportunity to provide dental services in their home country. The 16 students treated children and adults who otherwise would not have had access to even the most basic levels of dental care – such as teeth cleaning.


MVHS students teach coding to Blach students

Lauren Koong/Town Crier Junior Reporter
Mountain View High School students help Blach Intermediate School students with coding through the Girls Who Code club.

To help girls become more interested in coding, Blach Intermediate School recently launched a Girls Who Code Club. The Mountain View High School Computer Science Club and the Mountain View Girls Who Code Club co-lead the group.

“I really wanted to join this club because girls don’t really have an opportunity to code these days and I thought this would be a fabulous opportunity to learn something new and have some fun,” said club member Janya Sundar.


BCS uses digital portfolio technology to improve communication

Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Bullis Charter School fifth-grader Anna Morokutti takes a photo of a document to upload to her FreshGrade account.

Parents are not always in the classroom to see their children nail an oral presentation or smile in accomplishment after receiving a high mark on an assignment.

Thanks to a new digital tool implemented at Bullis Charter School, that experience gap is closing for parents.


Santa Rita adds new art enrichment program: Student artwork on display at Los Altos library

Photos Courtesy of Santa Rita School and Art4Schools
Santa Rita School recently added the Community School of Music and Arts’ Art4Schools program to its curriculum. The artwork of students in transitional kindergarten through third grade is on display at the Los Altos main library, above, through Feb. 2. The grand opening of the art show drew more than 100 people to the library last week.

With a mission to introduce more enrichment activities for students, Santa Rita School added the Community School of Music and Arts’ Art4Schools program to its arsenal this year.


Egan students tackle carbon paw prints

Juno Szalay/Special to the Town Crier
Egan Junior High School eighth-graders Lily Szalay, left, and Riana Sanjeevan are conducting a survey of local pet owners. Their school project aims to help people lower their dogs’ carbon paw prints through awareness of different pet care options.

Two local junior high school students are trying to teach dog owners a few new tricks as they set about to prove that what residents feed their dogs can have a lasting impact on the environment.

That is the message two Egan Junior High School students are hoping to spread through a public survey.


Mountain View High School hosts TEDx event for students

As Mountain View High School hosts its first TEDx event, scheduled today, students will not only gain knowledge – they will also be presenting as part of the program.

The independently organized TEDxMountainViewHighSchool, an event licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme “Next Generation: What Will It Look Like?”


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