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Friday, May 25, 2018


Nearly $2 million later, Santa Ana Kiwanis scholarships continue to help students reach the next level in their education
When selflessness arises, money can be worth far more than the figures on a check. At the annual Santa Ana Kiwanis foundation awards this week, a series of scholarships to 16 young adults struggling to pay for college brought tears of delight, smiles, happy hearts. But more significantly, the scholarship recipients knew — most for the first time — that a group of strangers deeply cared.

See photos from the first wave of 2018 high school graduations in Orange County
High School graduation season has started in Orange County. Anaheim Union High School District celebrated on Thursday, May 24, with thousands of its seniors marking the end of their high school careers and the beginning of their futures. Up next will be the Fullerton Joint Union High School District and the Santa Ana Unified School District with more than a dozen commencement ceremonies planned next week.

Hundreds of volunteers get out of office work to dig in at Westminster High’s school farm and help feed people
Over a two-day period, the Giving Farm at Westminster High that provides fresh vegetables and fruit to Orange County Food Bank got some tender, loving care from more than 300 volunteers out of the corporate world. The helping hands that spruced up the farm on May 18 and 19 were culled from the Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County, which is focusing its efforts this year on alleviating food insecurity.


Students form a human wave at Huntington State Beach to promote clean water
Hundreds of students congregated at Huntington State Beach on Thursday morning to pick up trash and promote clean water for the 25th anniversary of Kids Ocean Day. Students removed more than 230 pounds of trash. They also gathered to spell out the message "Make waves" and form a character riding a wave.

For new L.A. schools chief Austin Beutner, some key unions are giving no honeymoon period
In the less than two weeks since Austin Beutner took charge of Los Angeles schools, unions representing teachers and administrators have staged a job action and a protest. They've made it clear that they will not give the new superintendent the traditional honeymoon period, and they are bashing him for his wealth and lack of experience running either a school or a school district.


California superintendent candidates oppose big money from special interests
The leading candidates for state superintendent of public instruction on Wednesday strongly opposed state campaign finance laws that have allowed millions of dollars from charter school backers and labor unions to pour into their race. Marshall Tuck and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond also pledged during a candidate forum hosted by EdSource that, if elected, each would be independent of the major donors that are supporting their campaigns through independent expenditure committees.


Teens Pick Up Their Feet for Clean Water
The Laguna Beach High School student club Walking for Water seeks the public’s support on Sunday, June 3, as its members hold a fundraising walk at noon on the campus track to raise money for safe drinking water in rural West Africa villages. The club supports Wisdom Spring, which has installed 29 wells in West Africa with similar teen projects.


Candidates for California schools’ chief vow to wield more influence—but for what?
Most voters are unfamiliar with the state’s superintendent for public instruction, even though the public has selected one at the polls every four years since the Gold Rush. And you can’t blame them. The position has limited power. The superintendent can’t decide how public schools are evaluated, determine their curriculum, control the amount of state funding they receive nor make it tougher for teachers to earn tenure.

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