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Local youth designers showcase fashions


Courtesy of Kathy Bonte
Young local designers from the DezignKidz program met with their models in preperation for Bay Area Fashion Week, where their creations will be shown.

DezignKidz, a Mountain View-based organization that has trained more than 1,000 local students, 7 to 14, how to design and create clothing and accessories, has been invited to participate in the upcoming Bay Area Fashion Week (BAFW), Sept. 18-27.

The annual weeklong event encompasses a series of fashion shows and events across the Peninsula designed to raise money for various charities. It features a mix of upcoming and established design talent. The DezignKidz students will be the youngest designers showcasing their work.

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Program turns parents into school-day advocates


Courtesy of Sonia Maiello.
Project Cornerstone parent reader Sonia Maiello regales a Montclaire classroom.

Parent volunteers at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos are gearing up for the seventh year of Project Cornerstone, a countywide YMCA initiative that encourages students to become champions for themselves and others.

The program draws on a national study that connected developmental assets such as family support, adult role models and reading for pleasure to reduced risky behavior. The assets help children feel empowered, valued, respected and safe. The program theorizes that the more resources children perceive within their community, the less likely they are to engage in high-risk behavior.

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Alta Vista High starts year with full freshman class

For the first time, Alta Vista High School started the school year with a full freshman class last month.

The alternative high school has long focused on juniors and seniors who weren’t thriving at the district’s two main high schools, offering them an opportunity to catch up on credits in a focused, small-school environment. Over time it added resources for younger students, and last year the school began accepting freshmen who had failed to graduate from eighth grade. The goal was to help them catch up before entering the sophomore year at Los Altos or Mountain View highs. This year, a full class of 20 started high school at Alta Vista.

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Community support pays dividends


As a recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine revealed, getting low-income students into college is not enough to close the achievement/income gap. The percentage of low-income students entering college who actually earn a degree lags far behind the success rate of other college students. Furthermore, many who do graduate fail to get jobs that allow them to pay off their formidable college debts.

In Los Altos and Mountain View, however, many volunteers and donors are committed to seeing that scenario change. The MVLA Community Scholars program, founded in 2000 by local resident Jim Strand and now a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, has from its inception recognized the challenges that underserved students face in completing college.

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Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll


Courtesy of Kobad Bugwadia
Mathnasium’s fourth-grade participants, from left, Jenna Haynie, Maelle Allanic, Tanish Gupta, Hamza Raza and David Chan, join instructors to celebrate their achievements in the tutoring center’s national TriMathlon this year.

Mathnasium, a math tutoring franchise with a location in Mountain View, recently earned recognition from a family magazine for the level of service it provides.

Bay Area Parent Magazine – a publication that covers topics including education, enrichment and health – included Mathnasium in its 2014 “Best of the Best” issue that awards Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades to various services. Mathnasium received a Silver for “Math and Science Support” in Silicon Valley.

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Local parents organize summer camp experience for those in need


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp counselor, left, helps a student with her story about the camp’s field trip to Dear Hollow Farm.

A group of Bullis Charter School parents established the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp to provide a summer camp experience for underserved local students.

The camp, in its second year, offers a free, weeklong program for second- through fourth-graders from the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman school districts.

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Longtime downtown learning center under new ownership


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Carol Taylor recently sold Pacific Learning Center after running the tutoring business for 32 years.

A longtime downtown Los Altos business dedicated to tutoring the city’s youth has changed hands.

Pacific Learning Center owner and founder Carol Taylor recently sold her 32-year-old tutoring business at 365 First St. to Ali and Adam Meyers, owners of Cupertino-based Meyers Learning Center. The business officially changed ownership Friday.

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