Focus on Education: Community carnival in Modesto

local@modbee.comMay 1, 2013 

The Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco club chapter at Davis High School will hold a Kick Butts Day Community Carnival 3-6 p.m. Friday at the campus's main quad, 1200 W. Rumble Road. A prevention program of the Stanislaus County Office of Education, PHAST works to raise awareness of the problems of tobacco use. The carnival will have free games, bounce house, Velcro wall, bungee basketball, sumo challenge and a scavenger hunt. Food and drinks are $1, with all proceeds going to the American Lung Association.

HAROLD POPE JUNIOR RELAYS: Young athletes representing 23 local junior high and middle schools will compete at the 66th annual Harold Pope Junior Relays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Turlock High School, 1600 Canal Drive. The public is invited to the free event, sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County.

FORD CONTEST: Students from Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp and Summerville High School in Tuolumne are among 10 high schools competing in the Northern California Ford-AAA Student Auto Skills competition in Danville on Friday. Teams face off in a fast-paced, hands-on contest to diagnose and repair deliberately "bugged" identical Ford vehicles, then drive them across the finish line.

BEYER SCIENCE TEACHER WINS: Beyer teacher Liliana Lazo is the 2013 University of California at Davis C-STEM Teacher of the Year. C-STEM stands for integrated computing and science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction. The award will be presented during the C-STEM Conference on May 18 held at the UC Davis. The award "recognizes C-STEM teachers for their exceptional contributions in teaching computing, integrating computing into STEM subjects, and inspiring students to pursue careers and post-secondary study in C-STEM fields," according to the release. Lazo will give a presentation on integrating math into the Beyer Robotics Academy.

SALUTE TO NURSING: The Modesto Junior College Nursing Alumni Association will hold a dinner and awards program, 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 9 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. To purchase tickets, call Laura DeFreitas at (209) 575-6924. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 students and seniors, and $10 for children younger than 12. Proceeds will fund scholarships and emergency loans to struggling nursing students at MJC.

MJC FELLOW: Modesto Junior College Professor Don Borges has been selected to participate in the 2013 USDA E. Kiki De La Garza Fellowship program. Borges will join a network of leaders from academia and government working to advance the excellence of education at Latino-serving institutions.

PBS MOVE: The free resources at PBS Teachers will switch June 1 to PBS LearningMedia at www.pbslearningmedia. org. PBS LearningMedia offers more than 30,000 resources from 130 content producers including WGBH, the Jim Henson Company, NASA and Annenberg Learner.

LINKING LEARNING: The Linked Learning website features new resources about the core components of Linked Learning and its power to prepare all students for college and career. Visit

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