Gregori High School teachers Katie Merenda and Joe Orlando have been chosen to coordinate a districtwide recycling program, which will include all Modesto City Schools campuses and facilities. Merenda and Orlando recently shared some of the details about the program and what students and staff hope to achieve.
The Gallo Center for the Arts will see its best season ever in ticket sales for the 2014-15 season. It also saw a breakthrough in reaching the region’s Latino audience. Its uccesses have lead to a higher profile among performing arts venues.
The scene in downtown Modesto on Saturday morning carried plenty of good humor – a crowd of men marching in women’s high-heeled shoes – but the event was geared to raise awareness and funds for a serious subject: domestic violence and sexual assault.
About 250 athletes, of junior high school age and older, competed Friday in the Special Education Track Meet at Johansen High. Organizers estimated 300 volunteers took part, including Kiwanis members and students.
A few dozen families turned out Saturday for a barbecue celebrating the reopening of the Lakewood Park playground in east Modesto after volunteers from the neighborhood worked with the city to replace worn-out equipment.
The fierce drought that is gripping the West – and the imminent prospect of rationing and steep water price increases in California – is sharpening the deep economic divide in this state, illustrating parallel worlds in which wealthy communities guzzle water as poorer neighbors conserve by necessity. The daily water consumption rate was 572.4 gallons per person in Cowan Heights from July through September 2014, the hot and dry summer months California used to calculate community-by-community water rationing orders; it was 63.6 gallons per person in Compton during that same period.
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Fifth- and sixth-grade “science ambassadors” explain liquids and solids. Children are learning to be role models, a teacher says. The program is a joint effort between Franklin School and the National Ag Science Center.