Schools Briefs: Glasses drive, math winners, community read

Schools Briefs

K-Kids club collects used eyeglasses

The Loyola School K-Kids club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, is collecting used eyeglasses in good condition through the end of May.

The club donates the glasses to the Lions Club of Sunnyvale, which has them cleaned, repaired and their prescriptions identified before distributing them around the world to those who can’t afford glasses.

To donate, drop the glasses in collection boxes in Los Altos at the Town Crier, 138 Main St.; Starbucks and FIT at Rancho Shopping Center; Tom’s Depot and Drawn2Art in Loyola Corners; Linden Tree Books, 265 State St.; Eye Lite Optometry, 286 State St.; or Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave. A collection box is available in Mountain View at the Starbucks at El Camino Real and El Monte Avenue.

BCS math team heads to state competition

Bullis Charter School’s middle school math team placed second in the Peninsula Chapter competition of MATHCOUNTS Feb. 1, earning a spot in the state competition.

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide extracurricular math competition for middle school students. A team from Bullis has never advanced to the state competition before. The students were one of 16 teams competing for two slots at the state competition, scheduled in late March at Stanford University.

The team finished second to Greene Middle School in Palo Alto, which also advanced.

Los Altos High hosts ‘Community Read’

Los Altos High School is slated to hold its 35th annual Writers Week event March 2-5, bringing a range of writers, poets and journalists to all English classes at the school.

The broader community is invited to a free “Community Read” 7 p.m. March 3 in the Eagle Theater on the high school’s campus. The event will feature a panel of young-adult authors, including Stacey Lee (“Under a Painted Sky”), Mitali Perkins (“You Bring the Distant Near”), James Brandon (“Ziggy, Stardust and Me”) and Nya Jade (“Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four”).

FHDA’s Judy Miner named to SVCF board

Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Judy Miner has joined Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s board of directors.

The foundation announced the appointment last month. She previously served as president of Foothill College until 2015.

Since forming in 2007, the Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded more than $6 billion in grants, $3 billion-plus of which has gone to Bay Area charities.

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