Loyola K-Kids launches annual eyeglasses drive
The Loyola School K-Kids Club, a group of second- through sixth-graders sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, has set a goal to collect 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses by the end of May.
The donated eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and their prescriptions identified by Direct Relief International in Santa Barbara. They are then distributed to those who can’t afford glasses in the U.S. and around the world.
Over the past six years, the club has collected approximately 1,000 pairs each year.
Collection boxes are located in Los Altos at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave.; the Town Crier, 138 Main St.; and Heritage Bank of Commerce, 419 S. San Antonio Road.
Montclaire School hosts e-waste drive
Montclaire Elementary School is scheduled to host an electronic-waste collection event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos.
Items acceptable for collection include computer equipment, appliances, cellphones, Bubble Wrap, batteries and Christmas lights. For a complete list, visit earthcarerecycling.com.
Montclaire receives a donation for all recyclable items.
For more information, visit montclaire.org/ewaste.
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, an 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.
The nonprofit 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 empower youth to change their perceptions of mental illness via funding and developing educational programs, mentoring opportunities, research possibilities and other activities to raise awareness.
Living Classroom recruits 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.