Three personal stories about fighters for civil rights -- Minnijean Brown Trickey, Fred Korematsu and Cesar Chavez -- will be shared at a free event Thursday.

"These are three contrasting stories that are part of our American tapestry," said Evan Goldberg of the Alameda County Office of Education in Hayward, which is co-hosting the talks with Carlmont High School in Belmont.

Brown Trickey will recall what it was like to be one of nine African-American students who desegregated Little Rock Central High in 1957 when they were met with an angry mob of white protesters.

Karen Korematsu, who grew up in the San Leandro area, will share the story of her father, Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who resisted being sent to the government's internment camps in 1942. Although he lost his court appeal of his arrest, his conviction was later overturned, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Anthony Chavez will discuss his grandfather, Cesar Chavez, a farmworker who became a labor leader and civil rights activist and founded the United Farm Workers.

A workshop for teachers begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the speakers at 7 p.m. The event will take place at Carlmont High School Performing Arts Center, 1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas in Belmont.

Hayward meetings to focus on kindergarten

A series of information meetings are planned for Hayward Unified residents whose children will be in kindergarten or transitional kindergarten next school year.

District workers will talk about enrollment requirements, how to prepare children for school and special programs the district offers.

Two orientation sessions are planned for Monday: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., district office, 24411 Amador St.; and 6 to 7 p.m., Eldridge Elementary, 26825 Eldridge Ave. On Tuesday,¿ there will be two more meetings: 9:30 to 10 a.m., Student Information and Assessment Center, 27211 Tyrrell Ave.; and 6 to 7 p.m., Southgate Elementary, 26601 Calaroga Ave.

All meetings will be in English with Spanish translation except for the one at the Student Information and Assessment Center, which will be in Spanish with English translation.

Fremont parents to hold summer programs fair

A group of Fremont parents whose children are in the school district's gifted students program have scheduled a fair that showcases programs that students can participate in this summer.

The Gifted in Fremont, a parent advocacy group, and the Fremont Unified School District are co-hosting the free event. The "Summer Programs Fair" is scheduled from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. March 8 at American High School, 36300 Fremont Blvd.

The event will feature representatives from Stanford University, NASA, sports camps, music and art schools, and many others, said Sridevi Ganti, the parent group's spokeswoman.

They will highlight their entrepreneurial, academic, artistic and athletic programs so parents and students from grades K-12 can make informed choices about summer activities, Ganti said. Programs offering internships and leadership skills also will be available.

The fair is open to all students and their families throughout the Bay Area, Ganti said.

For more information, email spf_chair@giftedinfremont.org or visit online at summerprograms.giftedinfremont.org.

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