Focus on Education (07/25/14)


The California Retired Teachers Association Stanislaus, Division 38, is now accepting requests for its Active Teacher Awards program for the 2014-15 school year and will continue until all allocated funds are exhausted. The local division of the 42,000-member state retired teachers’ organization has earmarked $3,500 for this year’s program. To apply, email a request for a Wish List form to and an online form will be sent. Requests will be filled, up to the value of $100, until the funds are gone. The request can be for anything to be used with students, such as notebooks, crayons, PE equipment, science experiment materials or anything that can support classroom instruction. For more, go to


Columbia State Historic Park is a Gold Rush-era business district with working shops, restaurants and hotels. Stagecoach rides and gold-panning are available for a fee. Summer attractions include:

Mysteries: A live, two-hour re-enactment of a historic crime and trial of accused characters, 10 a.m. Saturday and Aug. 2, 16 and 30. Cost is $5.

Gold Rush Days: From 1 to 4 p.m. on second Saturdays, docents dress in period attire and answer questions from visitors. Historic toys and games, gambling and mining demonstrations are also included.

Ghost Tours: At 3 p.m. Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 25. Cost is $10. For more information, call (209) 532-3184.

Fallon House Theatre: “The Sound of Music” runs through Aug. 31. Cost is $18 to $32. Go to

Daily: Free, hourlong tours start at 11 a.m. at the museum through Labor Day. Free presentations at 1 p.m on daily life; check at the museum for locations and topics. The museum is free, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. For more, go to or, or call the park office at (209) 588-9128.


The Pre-Retirement Workshop Planning Committee of the California Retired Teachers Association Stanislaus will have an initial planning meeting for an early fall workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The session will develop guidelines for dates, essential paperwork, presenters and publicity, using evaluation recommendations from previous workshops. Consideration will be given to a change in location. For more information, call (209) 216-8387 or go to


Abbigail Hickman, 10, of Tracy was awarded a $1,000 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship for her work for at an animal shelter. After adopting a cat from the Tracy Animal Shelter and learning the shelter often struggles to make ends meet, Abbigail organized a Pins for Pets bowling fundraiser at the local bowling alley to purchase supplies. To date, the annual fundraiser has raised $17,000 for the Tracy Animal Shelter.