Los Altos sixth-grader provides care packages to fire victims

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Covington School sixth-grader Allison Dellamaggiore, right, assembled care packages for children displaced by the recent fires.

Allison Dellamaggiore has always been passionate about giving back. From Girl Scouts to school food drives, the 11-year-old has been involved in several community service projects.

Los Altos Art Docents celebrate 50 years

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The Los Altos Art Docents are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Current Art Docents chair Nicole Snedigar is a second-generation docent – her mother, Melinda Reed, above, taught in the 1980s.

The Los Altos Art Docents were founded in 1970 during a time of upheaval, as state funding cuts threatened arts education in public schools. Now, half a century later, the group is celebrating its 50th anniversary during another time of disruption, as it works to adapt in the face of a worldwide pandemic.

Los Altos students provide equipment for health-care workers

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Los Altos-based student group The Robonauts has joined forces with the American Medical Women’s Association to find a solution for the lack of personal protective equipment in the U.S. The Robonauts help produce face shields for those who need them.

The pandemic has physically separated people around the world, but it hasn’t stopped a local organization from collaborating with a national one in an effort to protect frontline workers from COVID-19.

MVLA Scholars program supports students’ independent projects

Victor Ruiz, a junior at UC Berkeley who has received scholarships and mentoring from the MVLA Scholars program since he began college, is one of 10 students to receive a supplemental scholarship for completing an independent study project this summer.

A Los Altos High school graduate majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and minoring in bioengineering, Ruiz independently researched TP53 mutations in high-grade serous ovarian cancer.

LAHS student’s Science Nation platform provides STEM support

Los Altos High senior Christina Ding started her science blog in early April, but after learning more about educational resource disparity since then, she has rebranded her website.

Over the summer, Ding created Science Nation, an online platform providing free academic support for students in the STEM field.

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