On a mission: Springer scavenger hunt encourages cooped-up kids to explore

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Springer School’s PTA has launched a summer scavenger hunt to help keep the community connected. Missions are posted on an app, where participants can upload photos, above, as well as videos and other evidence of each challenge they complete.

Just as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the school year, the same has been true of summer vacation. Family trips, long days spent with friends and other classic summer activities are largely on hold this year.

Local teens tackle technological illiteracy

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Natalie Huang helps a parent during a TechBridgers workshop hosted at the Los Altos High School Latino Summit.

People might assume that technological illiteracy is not a widespread problem in Silicon Valley. However, there are many bilingual parents who don’t know how to access educational tools or use email, making it difficult for them to support their children’s education.

Blach student’s summer research project addresses pandemic’s impact on teenagers

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Los Altos resident Myesha Phukan wrote a research paper on how the pandemic has affected teens.

As local schools shifted to remote learning and nonessential businesses shuttered in mid-March, Myesha Phukan realized that the summer research project she had in mind would need to take a new direction.

MVHS club raises money for pandemic relief

Mountain View High School’s Leo Club has raised more than $2,000 in COVID-19 relief funds for the homeless, overcoming the challenges of an abrupt school closure in March and social-distancing restrictions that remain in place.

SV Urban Debate aims to empower students

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Angel Armenta argues his case in front of a panel of judges in 2018.

The Silicon Valley Urban Debate League aims to broaden the horizons of high school students by building their communication skills, and the organization offers many opportunities for the Los Altos community to become involved in the goal.

Homestead High students mentor incoming freshmen

With summer break underway, the thought of attending high school can be intimidating to some eighth-graders – especially this year.


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