Central Catholic High School will host a Volunteer Faire from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the school gym, 200 S. Carpenter Road. All area nonprofit agencies are invited to attend and set up a free booth. The CCHS students must volunteer 100 hours as a graduation requirement, so the Volunteer Faire provides them with a variety of service opportunities in the community. For more information or to register, call Cathi Padula at (209)524-9611.
The ExploraVision program, sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, is accepting registrations at www.ExploraVision.org. ExploraVision encourages kindergarten through 12th-grade students to imagine what technology might be like in 20 years. To best align with the Next Generation Science Standards, students are required to propose an idea for a new technology based on a challenge or limitation of what already exists, simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea, and build a Web page to further illustrate their concept. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device that helps people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time.
The Merced County Office of Education and Educational Employees Credit Union will host the Excellence in Education awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. The event is free. There are six nominees for school employee of the year and seven nominees for teacher of the year, who will be featured in video vignettes produced by Merced Educational Television in the historic theater. School district nominees are Adan Moreno and Erika Pilcher of Delhi Unified; Kathie Borba and Trisha Costa of Gustine Unified; Linda Barbour of Le Grand Union High; Stacy Betschart and Vernicky Gold of Los Banos Unified; Michele Meza, Stacy Silva and Cristina Vara of the Merced County Office of Education; Jacob Ramirez and Rosa Wood of Merced Union High; and Teresa Strube of Weaver Union. For more information, call Gayle Catuiza at (209)381-5976.
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