Los Altos teen aspires to be voice for nuclear nonproliferation

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Los Altos teen Saloni Shah is tackling the issue of nuclear nonproliferation.

Young people throughout the world have pushed for government reform when it comes to climate change and gun control. Los Altos teen Saloni Shah is tackling another global concern: nuclear weapons.

LAHS pianist makes finals of Beethoven competition

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Jade Lu of Los Altos was one of six finalists at the Celia Méndez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition.

Los Altos High School sophomore Jade Lu was one of six finalists in the Celia Méndez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition, held April 4 via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although she was not among the three winners, the Los Altos resident said she enjoyed the experience.

Foothill’s makerspace helps 3D-print face shields

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Student employees at Foothill College’s makerspace brought 3D printers home and are helping create face shields for health-care workers.

Amid nationwide shortages of personal protective equipment for health-care professionals, Foothill College’s makerspace is pitching in and using its seven 3D printers to help make face shields for front-line workers.

Los Altos High students sew, deliver free masks to seniors

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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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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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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.

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