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Hofmann boys reel in customers with their new fishing business


Courtesy of Amy Hofmann
The Hofmann brothers – Grady, from left, Hayden and Baylor – fish three to five mornings a week from their family’s boat, “Party of Five,” docked in the Santa Cruz Harbor.

Three to five times per week, the Hofmann boys get up much earlier than most teens do in the summer. The three Los Altos brothers rise at 4:30 a.m. to start work as fishermen.

They own the Point Fish Co., headquartered at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz. The Hofmanns – Hayden, 16, Baylor, 14, and Grady, 13 – launched their company last spring.


Should high schoolers play football?

Suhail Kumar is a rising sophomore at Mountain View High School. He wanted to play football for his school, but his parents were concerned for his safety. His research into the topic prompted the following column.

 

El Camino YMCA aims to bridge educational summer gap


Courtesy of El Camino YMCA
YMCA camper Suriah Torres, 7, watches as her summer camp leader Henry Terlep shows her how to attach a wheel during a LEGO lesson last month. The El Camino YMCA runs two summer camps for underserved children.

While the YMCA has promoted physical fitness for years, its less-heralded educational programs support underserved students during the summer.

Through two programs – Challenger Camp and the Summer Learning Program – the El Camino YMCA aims to close the academic achievement gap for local low-income students.

Animals provide cheer during LAHS finals


Remy Fujioka/Special to the Town Crier
From rabbits to goats, a host of fuzzy farm animals comforted stressed-out Los Altos High School students during finals week.

Animal Assisted Happiness brought its farm animals to Los Altos High School to give students a break from the pressures of their upcoming finals at the end of the school year. As students stepped out into the quad, they were greeted by chickens, goats and rabbits.

The nonprofit organization delivers recreational and therapeutic support services to children with special needs and health or family challenges. When Los Altos High’s Riley Fujioka, a rising senior, learned about the program through her involvement with the National Charity League, she saw an opportunity to extend its benefits to high school students who may be confronting stress or depression.

Local residents pursue storytelling project in South Africa


Courtesy of Drew Descourouez
Drew Descourouez, left, and Michael Bakan, third from right, are sharing the stories of the people of Soweto, South Africa, to address poverty.

When Los Altos residents Michael Bakan and Drew Descourouez told the customs security officer at the Johannesburg airport that they were visiting the South African township of Soweto, he met them with a puzzled look.

“Why in God’s good name would you go there?” the customs officer asked. “That’s a ghetto! You don’t go there!”

Kick, Lead, and Dream marks 10 years of inspiring youth


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Campers at the Kick, Lead, and Dream summer camp pile on their coach, bottom, in green shirt. The relationships among campers and their coaches is a special element of the camp, which encourages positivity, leadership and good sportsmanship.

To the casual onlooker, the Kick, Lead, and Dream soccer camp looks like a typical summer activity for local children. But for the campers and students involved, it is so much more.

Kick, Lead, and Dream aims to create a fun environment where motivated high school student coaches volunteer to become role models and provide at-risk kids from Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities and gain the confidence to dream big.

PTSA asks students to PAUSE in final weeks


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Yoga instructor and Mountain View High parent Padma Ramaswamy donated her services to help students release stress during finals week. Ramaswamy’s yoga session was one of many highlights of the two-week, PTSA-sponsored Spartans PAUSE program.

The final two weeks of the school year can be a stressful time for high school students. With that in mind, Mountain View High School PTSA parents recently launched a two-week campaign filled with stress-relieving activities.

Concluding the year with extra funds in its coffers, the PTSA decided to put the money to good use by creating the Spartans PAUSE program, which features nine days of morning and lunchtime student support activities addressing the notion that students should “pause” a few minutes each day to take care of themselves during the exhausting weeks they spend studying for finals and preparing end-of-course projects.


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