Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp settles into stability


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Pulses race and hearts thump in a science class at last week’s Bullis Boosters summer camp, as campers learn to take their own vital signs.

It takes a village to put on the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp.

Co-founded five years ago by a group of Bullis Charter School parents to battle “summer slide” in kids’ academic prowess, the camp has grown through collaboration as it pursues a permanent and sustainable future.

Silicon Valley culture leads to stress in teens and adults

Many articles have been written about the state of mental illness in Silicon Valley. I’ve read my fair share of tirades by concerned adults, such as the famous Atlantic magazine article “The Silicon Valley Suicides.”

Despite these articles, awareness campaigns, speeches, discussions and forums by both teens and parents, no action of consequence is actually taking place. Well-intentioned initiatives such as mental health groups at schools, websites and apps such as Teenztalk.org, created by Silicon Valley teens, are not enough to counteract the mental health epidemic.

Downtown Los Altos family mixer promotes lifelong friendship


Photos Courtesy of Sandesh Mouli
Los Altos kids who met through the Cradle to Covington group  bond during a beach outing in Carme.

The community organization Los Altos Friends for Life has scheduled a social mixer Aug. 6 on the Downtown Green, aiming to help local families break out of their usual routines and meet new friends.

Local Harker School students test engineering chops at national competition


Courtesy of Roxana Yang
Harker School’s nationally competitive engineering team prepares at home for the TEAMS event in Orlando.

Los Altos Hills teen Jackie Yang captained an engineering team all the way to Orlando, Fla., last month for the national TEAMS competition, challenging students’ prowess in tests of engineering aptitude, mathematics and science.

Let's promote active citizenship by lowering voting age to 16

 

Voting has always felt like a part of my life, even though I cannot yet vote. For as long as I can remember, I have accompanied my parents to polling places each November and marveled at the array of people gathered there. It was a tangible reminder of the importance of active citizenship.

Hooked on books: Teen tutors boost children's literacy


Danny Vesurai/Special to the Town Crier
Gialon Kasha, right, a Los Altos High junior and member of the Teen Tutors club, dives into the joy of reading with Mustafa Kadiroglu at the Los Altos main library.

A service project launched by a Los Altos High School student has grown bigger than any one student this summer, as high schoolers from across the district come together to help elementary-age students discover the joy of reading.

Los Altos High’s Teen Tutors club, founded by rising senior Javin Pombra, has brought its school-year mission to the Los Altos Library with the Read To Me initiative, founded by senior Jodie Bhattacharya, with local teens providing summer reading practice to kids from across the district, from kindergartners to second-graders.


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