Schools Briefs for the week of Feb. 6

Flamingo fundraiser supports AVID students

Watch out for flocks of plastic flamingos landing on lawns in Los Altos, Sunnyvale and Cupertino through Feb. 15.

As part of a fundraiser organized by the Homestead High School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Class of 2020, students and other local residents purchased a flock of flamingos that will “roost” on a friend’s lawn for 24 hours.

The flocks arrive at night, roost for a day and quietly disappear the following night. To prevent a flock from landing in your yard, the fundraiser also includes the option to purchase an “insurance” policy against a visit from the flamingos.

Within a week of sales, the flamingos were completely sold out. Proceeds will support the AVID Class of 2020’s college exploration program, which includes a spring-break trip to Southern California to visit colleges.

The AVID program supports underprivileged, underrepresented students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college and/or are low-income students, and therefore fundraising is required to pay for the trip, according to Homestead AVID teacher Natalie Owsley.

To purchase insurance and for more information, visit

MVLA hosts resiliency expert

Child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley is scheduled to discuss “Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Mountain View High School Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

Hurley’s presentation will cover how parents can identify and understand the obstacles children face, help them cope with setbacks and equip them to bounce back from stress.

The presentation is part of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Parent Education Speaker Series.

To register and for more information, visit

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