High school students launch free coding classes


Courtesy of Ananya Venkatraman
Students participate in the first day of Code Silicon Valley’s summer coding classes.

Sidd Iyer and his friends are so devoted to making coding more accessible to students that they’re not only teaching free classes this summer, they’re covering the expenses. Their program, Code Silicon Valley, launched last week at Los Altos High School.

The team of teen teachers and their families are paying all the costs, which include renting classrooms, according to Ananya Venkatraman, who handles public relations for the venture. In addition, they are providing computers for students unable to bring their own, she said.

Local teen receives Princeton Prize in Race Relations


courtesy of Sho Sho Leigh Ho
Sho Sho Leigh Ho speaks at Princeton, where she accepted an award for her work in race relations.

Los Altos Hills resident Sho Sho Leigh Ho is among the 28 recipients of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The rising senior at Castilleja School was recognized in the spring for contributing to her school and community in the field of race relations.

“I think the prize is really important because it is giving youth a much-needed affirmation that, ‘Yes, what you’re doing has a positive impact on the world,’” said Ho, a former Town Crier intern.

Local libraries launch summer reading program

Library Summer Reading Program
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Shoshanna Green of ScienceTellers conducts an experiment June 20 at the Los Altos Library as part of the district's summer reading program.

Through its summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” the Santa Clara County Library District hopes to encourage local residents of all ages to discover the different places books can take them this summer.

The goal of the free program – which began June 1 and is slated to run through July – is to have each participant read five books and log their progress online.

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.

Los Altos resident receives award from State Department

Los Altos resident Geoffrey Wildanger recently won a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to study literature at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board administer the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, an international educational exchange designed to build lasting connections among students from different countries.

MVLA passes budget, sets plans

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees June 18 passed a 2018-2019 budget of $92.6 million, based on a total revenue of $93.2 million.

According to a district staff report, 88 percent of its revenue comes from property taxes, 6 percent from other local sources, 5 percent from the state and 1 percent from federal funding.


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