LAHS students make grocery runs for at-risk neighbors

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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.

High schoolers aim to promote civil political discourse

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Mountain View High School junior Dayana Sheinin, right, discusses the 2020 presidential election with a group of fellow teenagers at an event hosted by the school’s Conversation Club.

In the current era of high political polarization, many people avoid discussing politics entirely with those who disagree with them. A group of local high schoolers think that’s the wrong path to go down and recently held an event aimed at getting those with divergent political beliefs to have a respectful discussion about the 2020 presidential election.

Simulations aim to build empathy for students with dyslexia

Learning to read is a rite of passage for elementary school students, but for children with dyslexia it can pose a unique challenge.

A pair of Los Altos School District parents are working to raise awareness about the learning disability and help teachers build empathy for dyslexic students. Wendy McDowell and Nikki Emens are leading simulations with local teachers aimed at illustrating what school can be like for a dyslexic student.

TheatreWorks takes ‘Oskar’ on tour of local elementary schools

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Caitlyn Louchard, left, plays the brave knight and Davied Morales is the damsel in a previous production of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes.”

Members of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s education program are slated to take their “Oskar” tour to area elementary schools March 2 through April 10, performing plays that embrace acceptance and discourage bullying.

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