Caring cousins: Local teens give back to community with free coding classes


Courtesy of Robert Beliveau
Robert Beliveau, standing, teaches a coding class for kids. The 15-year-old leads the free classes with his cousin, Nicholas Verzic, 13. Both Los Altos residents attend Khan Lab School in Mountain View.

Los Altos teens Robert Beliveau and Nicholas Verzic seem to embody the clich√© “Think globally, act locally.”

The cousins have worked together for several years to give back to their community, using their website Childrengiving.com as a means to publicize their service and inspire others.

BCS fourth-graders chat with Chelsea Clinton


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Bullis Charter School fourth-grader Aidan Free introduces Chelsea Clinton to classmates.

Fourth-graders at Bullis Charter School had the opportunity to Skype with author, activist and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton Nov. 16.

Fourth-grader Aidan Free was looking for ways to support victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, so he gave a speech about fundraising at a school assembly and researched disaster relief with his family. Through the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, they discovered that Clinton was willing to donate a 30-minute Skype call and a personalized copy of her book “She Persisted” to the winning bidder.

Longtime MVLA administrator receives Athena Award

Brigitte Sarraf, associate superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union School District, received the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Athena Award Nov. 2.

Presented by Chambers of Commerce worldwide, the award honors women who have attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in business and the community.

Mtn. View school raises money for hurricane victims


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A student-organized bake sale at Yew Chung International School generated more than $1,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Students at Yew Chung International School in Mountain View raised more than $1,000 for Hurricane Harvey survivors by mobilizing their classmates to host a bake sale at school.

The Yew Chung fourth-graders wondered what they could do to help hurricane victims, proposing fundraisers such as a bake sale or a lemonade stand.

Local students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program’s list of semifinalists includes 23 students from Mountain View High, 18 from Los Altos High, 32 from St. Francis High and one from Pinewood School.

The following students received recognition as 2018 semifinalists based on their Preliminary SAT scores and academic excellence. Their scores were high in all testing categories: reading, writing and language, and math.

Los Altos teen earns $25,000 scholarship


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Manan Shah of Los Altos enters Stanford University this month, with plans to study computer science and mathematics.

Los Altos resident Manan Shah had to read the email twice before he believed that it was true: His research project on breast cancer earned him a $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship.

The scholarship is sponsored by the nonprofit Davidson Institute, whose mission is “to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference,” according to the organization’s website.


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