Community Briefing

EDUCATION SHOW ON LOCAL TV: "Making the Grade," a cable television show produced by the Stanislaus County Office of Education in partnership with Access Modesto, is currently broadcasting a program on the Civic Mission of Schools. Supported by SCOE, the Civic Mission of Schools' goal is to encourage, support and empower students and other members of the community to be active, responsible and thoughtful citizens. The Civic Mission of Schools will highlight "Project Citizen" and "Own Your Community," two programs offered in Stanislaus County that engage students in civic education and teach them concepts of community. Geared toward students and youth groups, the two programs also promote competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program is broadcast on the following channels:


COMCAST, Channel 7

Monday 6 p.m., Wednesday

11 a.m., Friday 4:30 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.

Modesto Area,

COMCAST, Channel 96

Monday-Thursday. 5:30 p.m.

On the Net:


HALF CENTURY FOR ED OFFICE: The San Joaquin County Office of Education is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Outdoor Education, formerly known as Science Camp, on Oct. 9 from

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SJCOE's Education Service Center, 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton. Tickets can be purchased for $20 per person, or a table of eight for $140. Outdoor School is located along California's coast. The week spent among the redwoods gives students a chance to participate in activities that enrich and bring to life the California State Standards. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Cherie Cervantes at 468-4809.

NEW HOME FOR MEMORIAL: Ripon's war memorial Wednesday reached its new home, where it stands under an evergreen tree between a veterans wall and a museum dedicated to those who have served in the armed forces. The life-sized bronze statue of a soldier, a sailor and a Marine honors 13 Ripon men who died in battle during World War II. Ched Kolak, now deceased, donated the statue in 1999, and the statue had stood outside the Police Department on Wilma Avenue since. The Police Department was meant to be a temporary home until a veterans wall was build, said John Mangelos, president and founder of the city's historical society, who is involved in building the museum and a surrounding park area. "This is a veterans park, and the idea is that people can come here to contemplate their friends or family member's name on the wall or visit the museum," he said, and the statue fits in with those thoughts. Mangelos said landscaping will be in next week, and the museum will open in about two months. Levi Ladd of Ladd Construction loaned his time and a 17-ton crane truck to lift the 8,000-pound bronze statue and take it to the new location at First Street and Locust Avenue. Four members of the city's public works crew guided the statue to its placement.

THOUSANDS PARTICIPATE IN RECORD READING EFFORT: "The Story of Ferdinand" was undoubtedly the best-read book in Stanislaus County on Thursday. Perhaps in the country. That was the goal, anyway. The book was read by more than 7,750 children in classrooms in at least 30 schools and at all 13 Stanislaus County Library branches, said Susan Lilly, children's librarian for the Modesto branch. The readings were part of a nationwide effort to break the world record for reading the same book to the most children on a single day. The record was set last year, when more than 150,000 children, 2,350 of them in Stanislaus County, heard "The Little Engine That Could." The real goal is to build awareness of the importance of reading aloud to young children. Preliminary results of the nationwide effort are expected to be announced this morning on the "Today" show.