Caring cousins: Local teens give back to community with free coding classes


Courtesy of Robert Beliveau
Robert Beliveau, standing, teaches a coding class for kids. The 15-year-old leads the free classes with his cousin, Nicholas Verzic, 13. Both Los Altos residents attend Khan Lab School in Mountain View.

Los Altos teens Robert Beliveau and Nicholas Verzic seem to embody the cliché “Think globally, act locally.”

The cousins have worked together for several years to give back to their community, using their website Childrengiving.com as a means to publicize their service and inspire others.

Schools Briefs

Living Classroom seeks volunteer docents

The Living Classroom program is recruiting volunteer docents to help deliver hands-on garden-based lessons to students in the Los Altos School District.

Training sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Dec. 11 and Jan. 8 and 22 in the district’s iLearn Studio, 201 Covington Road. Apprentice-style training is available for those who can’t make the training sessions.

BCS fourth-graders chat with Chelsea Clinton


Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School fourth-grader Aidan Free introduces Chelsea Clinton to classmates.

Fourth-graders at Bullis Charter School had the opportunity to Skype with author, activist and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton Nov. 16.

Fourth-grader Aidan Free was looking for ways to support victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, so he gave a speech about fundraising at a school assembly and researched disaster relief with his family. Through the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, they discovered that Clinton was willing to donate a 30-minute Skype call and a personalized copy of her book “She Persisted” to the winning bidder.

MVLA ponders additional upgrades as parents weigh in


graphic by Grace Hase/Town Crier
With no parcel tax and a low bond tax rate, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s tax rate on residents is the lowest in Santa Clara County. The graph above compares MVLA’s tax rate per $100,000 in assessed value with neighboring school districts.

Parents who attended the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 20 shared their opinions on trustees’ work on the new Facilities Master Plan.

Their message was loud and clear: Spend more on upgrades to campuses. With the district’s low tax rate, it should be in a financial position to deliver on that request.

Schools Briefs

Living Classroom seeks volunteer docents

The Living Classroom program is recruiting volunteer docents to help deliver hands-on garden-based lessons to students in the Los Altos School District.

Training sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 and 11 and Jan. 8 and 22 in the district’s iLearn Studio, 201 Covington Road. Apprentice-style training is available for those who can’t make the training sessions.

Santa Rita student's fundraiser continues quest to save elephants

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Courtesy of Shaye Chirotarrab
Uma Chirotarrab and friends fundraise for elephants last year on Main Street. Uma will be in the same spot today.

For the third year in a row, Uma Chirotarrab won’t be spending the day before Thanksgiving shopping or preparing for a family feast. Instead, she’ll be at her usual post for the day: on Main Street collecting funds for the Tusk Foundation, which protects elephants in Africa.

“I’ve always loved elephants,” said Uma, a sixth-grader at Santa Rita School. “So when I found out they were endangered, I really wanted to help.”


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