Concert canceled; donations needed
The Carlsbad Spirit Benefit Concert scheduled for April 26 has been canceled in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Sponsored by the Aron Gunner Memorial Scholarship Foundation, this event has provided an average of $20,000 in scholarships to Carlsbad High School seniors annually. Plans are under way to offer scholarships in June. Donations are needed and are greatly appreciated to recognize this year’s students. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at arongunner.org.
Program continues during remote learning
In spite of remote learning, Pacific Ridge School has continued bringing various viewpoints to its students on important topics of the day. The “Service in Action” speaker series provides a forum in which community leaders share their ideas of service to others, ethical responsibility, and participation in addressing important issues. February’s guest was DeRay Mckesson, an activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, who spoke about the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo., and his drive to create systematic change. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall joined students via Zoom in early April. He addressed the issues surrounding COVID-19. U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, discussed COVID-19, the federal response to the pandemic, access to testing and support for the unemployed. Also scheduled is Darrell Issa, former U.S. representative and current Republican candidate for the 50th Congressional District, who will discuss his business and political experiences. The program was launched by Alison Behr, the school’s director of Service Learning. “It’s important for students to hear from individuals who, through politics or other types of service, dedicate themselves to making our communities stronger,” said Behr in a statement. Visit pacificridge.org.
Cuyamaca Outdoor School from home
The Cuyamaca Outdoor School is an annual sixth-grade camp experience for students countywide, but with stay-at-home orders in place, this year’s camp won’t be taking place. But the school has launched a home edition, complete with videos, activities, lessons and more, to engage students in science and connect them to nature right from their own homes. The Cuyamaca Outdoor School home edition has something for everyone, with resources that expand distance-learning curriculum, are user-friendly with easy-to-follow instructions, and are fun. Content will be posted regularly to the school’s Facebook page (facebook.com/cuyamacaoutdoorschool, or search Cuyamaca Outdoor School). Staff members are helping prepare many of the lessons and activities, and they welcome people to submit ideas for future lessons via Facebook.
Oceanside teen among winners of PSA contest
The North Coastal Prevention Coalition announces the winners of its annual 420 Remix PSA contest, open to middle and high school students in San Diego County. For decades, April 20 (4/20) has been known as an unofficial marijuana-smoking holiday. For 15 years, the North Coastal Prevention Coalition has worked to counter this message by sponsoring local “420 Remix – Celebration of Sober and Drug Free Life” events, including a teen contest to create a public service announcement to prevent peers from using marijuana. This year’s contest winners are: first place, image, Madison Matella, Oceanside High School; first place, video, Vanessa Ramirez, second place, image, Kara Barragan, second place, video, Justice Goff, and third place, video, Jayden Pacheco, all of Bonita Vista High School; and third place, image (early entry drawing), Jonathan Ty, Sweetwater High School. Winners were selected from 10 finalists based on online voting and coalition member input. To see the winning entries, visit bit.ly/3arC2WH.
Plants donated to school gardens
The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County recently held its 11th annual plant giveaway. Nearly 1,800 plants were donated to support 180 school gardens in elementary schools throughout the county. The vegetable and herb seedlings were donated by Altman Plants of Vista. Plumeria cuttings were also distributed, thanks to the Southern California Plumeria Society. The district supports school gardens, which use fun, hands-on gardening techniques to teach students about healthy eating. To learn more about how the Resource Conservation District supports school gardens, visit rcdsandiego.org/education/school-garden-support; or contact Ann Baldridge, RCD program director, at (619) 562-0096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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