Almond teachers and staff throw car parade for cooped-up kids

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Almond School fourth-grade teacher Emily Simon, top, waves her giant iridescent wings as she takes part in the school’s car parade.

Emily Simon felt like a princess wearing giant iridescent wings as she rode down the street on the back of a Mustang convertible, with onlookers cheering her on.

Local schools help families in need

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Mountain View High School teacher Nicole Higley distributes a free meal from Pasta Market to a family in need. Local schools are stepping in to provide services to aid at-risk families during the school closures.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many families in the community in need of resources. Several organizations reacted quickly to help, including three in the local schools community.

Local preschools react, adapt to shelter-in-place

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A teacher at Windsor Preschool plays with building blocks over video chat with her students. Local preschools are finding various ways to adapt distance learning for the youngest students.

From reading a story in a teacher’s lap to playing in the sandbox with friends, much of preschool is hands-on. Social-distancing requirements have made that kind of tactile learning impossible.

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.

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