Focus on Education (1/12/14)

January 11, 2014 

Wells Fargo offers financial aid video

Wells Fargo and its student lending division are offering the “Five Steps to Financial Aid” video series to educate students and their families on ways to pay for college. The lighthearted series uses a fictional financial adviser character, Mr. Fellows, who guides viewers on the critical steps necessary to pay for a college education. The tutorial also includes tips for identifying other financing options should there be a funding gap between the cost of college and the financing that has already been secured by the student. The five steps: 1) complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, 2) estimate total cost and financial aid, 3) determine additional expenses, 4) plan to cover additional expenses and 5) know deadlines and compare options. For more, go to

January, the month of ...

January is National Blood Donor Month, National Braille Literacy Month and National Staying Healthy Month, according to the California Department of Education. Less obvious is Ed Roberts Day, a state “day of special significance” celebrated Jan. 23. Roberts, the first University of California, Berkeley, student to rely on a wheelchair when he arrived in 1962, “is recognized as the father of the independent living movement for people with disabilities and special needs,” according to an article by the UC Berkeley News Center. Roberts contracted polio at age 14 and used an 800-pound iron lung for sleeping, which led to his being housed in an empty wing of the campus health center. There, he was joined by a dozen other disabled students calling themselves the Rolling Quads. Roberts earned a master’s degree in political science and served from 1975 to 1983 as director of the California Department of Rehabilitation. He died in 1995.

Davis High FFA takes national prize

The Davis High School Poultry Team placed eighth in the National Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. It was the only California poultry team to place in the top 10. The team and its members, Vanessa De La Cruz, David De La Cruz and Devin Miller, also received gold emblems. The National Poultry Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests participants’ ability to select top-quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing. The competitions include completing a written exam on poultry management, evaluating classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluating quality of eggs, and evaluating and identifying parts and products. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing its state at the national contest.

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