Community Briefing

ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOL INFORMATION AVAILABLE: California Virtual Academies, a network of online public charter schools, is hosting a series of free information sessions across the state. These events give families the opportunity to learn more about the schools and how to enroll for the 2008-09 year. Enrollment is now open for grades kindergarten through 12. Upcoming sessions include:

Modesto, Tuesday, noon -- Cold Stone Creamery, 3801 Pelandale Ave.

Stockton, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. -- Weber Point, 221 N. Center St.

Merced, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. -- Rahilly Park, 3400 N. Parsons Ave.

Modesto, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. -- Graceada Park, 401 Needham Ave.

California Virtual Academies is a network of accredited tuition-free online public charter schools serving students across the state in grades kindergarten through 12. Students work with California-credentialed teachers and receive an individualized learning program designed to meet their personal education needs. For more information on the California Virtual Academies, visit www.K12.com/cava.

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY: Office supply store Staples is holding a Teacher Appreciation Day on Aug. 9 at locations across the state, including the Modesto store at 1657 E. Hatch Road. The first 200 teachers visiting Staples stores from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Teacher Appreciation Day will receive raffle prizes and a 512MB flash drive. Each year, teachers spend an average of $475 of their own money on classroom materials and supplies, according to a report, Teacher Buying Behavior 2006-07, from Quality Education Data Inc. Also as part of the event, teachers can learn about rewards programs offered by Staples. Log on to www.staples.com/teacherday for more information.

MIGRANT PROGRAM MARKS ANNIVERSARY: Alumni from San Joaquin County's migrant education program are encouraged to share their stories for the program's 40th anniversary celebration in September. Migrant education provides children of migrant workers with supplementary health care as well as academic programs and services. Support may come in the form of college scholarships, English classes, GED preparation and job training. San Joaquin County's program serves more than 22,000 students in 21 school districts and includes Contra Costa County. Alumni interested in participating should call Joel Reyna at 468-9220. The anniversary event will take place Sept. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Educational Service Center at San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2901 Arch-Airport Road in Stockton.