MOTHER LODE VOLUNTEERS MONITOR LONG-TERM CARE
The Mother Lode Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Sonora is recruiting volunteers to assist with monitoring the quality of care and responding to complaints received on behalf of residents in long-term and residential care facilities. The 36-hour training, required to be certified by the California Department of Aging, is free. The monthly time commitment is about 15 flexible hours. Training begins Oct. 10. For more information or to register, call (209) 532-7632.
FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AT MJC
The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project will present a free showing of the documentary film “Inequality for All” on Thursday. In the film, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich directs attention to questions about economic inequality: why it exists, what effects it can have and why we should care about it. After the film, Reich – a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley – will answer questions at a simultaneous screening event at UC Merced. Audience members at MJC will join the Q&A with him at UC Merced via live-streaming video. The free event at the MJC East Campus, Forum 110, 435 College Ave., will run from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Jason Wohlstadter at (209) 575-6180.
STUDENTS’ ABSENTEEISM CAN AFFECT CLASSMATES
The Stanislaus County Office of Education launched a countywide initiative last year called Destination Graduation. Its goal is to increase the percentage of students who graduate from local high schools.
Chronic absenteeism affects all kids, not just the absent ones. If too many students are chronically absent, it slows down instruction for other students, who must wait while the teacher repeats material for absentee students. This makes it harder for students to learn and teachers to teach.