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Schools Briefs: Volunteers and contest entrants sought

Schola Cantorum runs teen poetry contest

Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley launched a poetry contest for high school students, with the winning poem set to new music and performed by the 75-voice ensemble.

Young poets are asked to submit work under the theme “California’s Natural Beauty.” All poems must have a title and be 20 lines or fewer. Any rhyme style is accepted except free verse.

Prizes are $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third.

The contest is open to all students entering grades 9-12 in the fall who reside or attend schools in Santa Clara County. The deadline to enter is Sept. 27.

For contest entry forms and more information, visit scholacantorum.org.

MVLA Scholars seeks college prep mentors

MVLA Scholars, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, seeks local residents willing to commit a year to shepherd high school juniors and seniors through the college application and scholarship process.

The students are in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, designed to prepare students for success at four-year universities.

Volunteer mentors meet the AVID students in class once a week and may spend additional hours outside of class. Each mentor will support one or two students.

For more information, email Sarah Chang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit mvlascholars.org.

Los Altos Art Docents recruits volunteers

The Los Altos Art Docents program seeks volunteers to help teach art in local classrooms.

No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers don’t need to live in Los Altos or have a child in the school district.

To volunteer for the next school year, email Ellen Ongchin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Alisa Kroyan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kimberly Dickerson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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