Mentor Tutor Connection hosts open house for new volunteers

Mentor Tutor Connection has scheduled an open house and lunch for potential volunteers noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The nonprofit organization needs mentors for students at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools and tutors for elementary and middle school students in Los Altos and Mountain View public schools.

Springer students head back to school

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Sammy Bonar, 5, in yellow sweater, hugs her neighbor, Ashley Hannan, 5, Aug. 16, the first day of classes at Springer School. As is tradition, families queued before morning assembly to snap photos beside a decorative mosaic star outside the school office.

Carnegie Corp. honors Foothill College president

The Carnegie Corp. recently honored Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen as part of its annual Great Immigrants tribute.

The philanthropic organization, founded in 1911 by industrialist and Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, annually celebrates naturalized U.S. citizens for the role they play in helping to advance the society, culture and economy of the United States.

LASD responds to civil grand jury findings

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week acknowledged that it has taken steps to fulfill a Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury’s request that it make it easier for seniors to apply for parcel-tax exemptions.

The grand jury report, released in May, investigated the Los Altos School District and 21 other districts in the county that offer parcel-tax exceptions. While not naming any district in particular, the report revealed that some made exemptions difficult to secure. Reasons included unclear deadlines, the availability of exceptions and an arduous application process, among other factors.

3-D printing brings science with a vision to local schools

Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier
Young campers at Olimpico Learning’s summer STEAM program show off their new eyeglass frames, hot off the three-dimensional presses.

As a large 3-D printer hummed away in the background, crafting name tags for an array of visitors from local schools and tech companies, the kids’ brainstorming was fast and furious: We could 3-D print a new fin for an injured dolphin! A shell for a turtle! A prosthetic leg for a puppy! A horn for a narwhal!

Thoughts roaming further, they considered how to help humans: a hand with articulated fingers; a cast for a broken arm; custom-fitted shoes that mold perfectly to the wearer’s feet.

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