Los Altos High students sew, deliver free masks to seniors

Courtesy of Justin and Caroline Ongchin
Siblings Justin and Caroline Ongchin are sewing cotton face masks and offering them at no charge to local seniors.

Los Altos High School students Justin and Caroline Ongchin have been picking up skills during the shelter-in-place – how to mow the lawn, how to play guitar – reading some philosophy and FaceTiming their grandparents. But the siblings also have set up a family workshop to sew cotton face masks and they’re offering them, gratis, to seniors in the community who need a few.

LAHS student launches app to promote positivity

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Courtesy of Zain Merchant
Los Altos High School junior Zain Merchant created the Kindness Wins All app.

More than a year before actor John Krasinski launched “Some Good News” on YouTube to spotlight positive events around the world, a Los Altos High School junior had the same idea. Zain Merchant’s search for positive content inspired his new social media app – Kindness Wins All.

TheatreWorks education director offers tips to engage kids

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Courtesy of Lisa Edsall Giglio
Lisa Edsall Giglio, TheaterWorks Silicon Valley’s director of education, urges parents to inspire their children to keep learning and embrace their creativity during the lockdown.

With students stuck at home due to the coronavirus-related school closures, a local theater director and educator urges parents to inspire their children to keep learning and embrace their creativity.

LAHS students make grocery runs for at-risk neighbors

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Courtesy of Greg Corn
Los Altos High School seniors Greg Corn and Kayleen Gowers have been picking up groceries for local residents who have been advised to stay home as much as possible because of a higher risk of complications if they contract the coronavirus.

While some students sleep in during the school closures, Greg Corn and Kayleen Gowers are out of the house by 7 a.m. That’s when the two Los Altos High School seniors go shopping – but not for themselves.

LAHS club builds desks for students in need

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Juniors Emmatisse Sayar, top, and Emily Zhu build a desk during lunch. They are members of Los Altos High School’s Desks For Students Club, which provides desks for students in need.

While many Los Altos High School students spend their lunch period eating or socializing, junior Morgan Taylor-Cohen and a dozen others crowd around a pile of scattered nails, screwdrivers and wooden parts and begin to assemble a table.

Humane Society hosts youth writing contest

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Vandana Ravi won last year’s Palo Alto Humane Society writing contest with a story about a teen’s interaction with a donkey.

The Palo Alto Humane Society recently launched the Ambassadors of Compassion Story Writing Contest, now in its second year.

Seventh- and eighth-graders from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are invited to write an original fiction or nonfiction story – 800-1,000 words in length – about animals and people helping each other. Some examples include companionship, therapy and support for soldiers.

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