Living Classroom seeks volunteer docents
The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.
Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of nature. The program reaches all grade levels in the district, and lesson content includes science, math and social studies. The program recently expanded to schools in the Mountain View-Whisman School District.
A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside and outside the classroom. Training and materials are provided. No teaching experience is required.
Training sessions for both districts are scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. March 10 and 17 in the Mountain View-Whisman School District boardroom, 750-A San Pierre Way. Los Altos district-only trainings are scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. March 24 and 31 in Los Altos School District boardroom No. 2, 201 Covington Road.
LAHS club hosts film screening
The LETS Club at Los Altos High School has scheduled a screening of “No Kidding? Me 2!” 7 p.m. March 12 in Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.
The film stars Joe Pantoliano, the Emmy Award-winning actor, best-selling author, director and mental-health advocate. The actor has starred in “The Sopranos,” “The Matrix” and “The Goonies.”
The documentary aims to remove the stigma and shame associated with mental-health struggles. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.
Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley co-sponsors the event.
A group of Los Altos High students founded the LETS (Let’s Erase the Stigma of mental health) Club three years ago to erase the stigma of mental illness by empowering youth to change their perceptions of mental illness via funding and developing educational programs, mentoring opportunities, research possibilities and other activities to raise awareness.
PNG recruits new volunteers
Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors for local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.
Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.
PNG seeks new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.
For more information, visit pngmvla.org/openhouse-reg.