It's been a rollout of sorts for area schools.
While far East County campuses began at the end of July, Antioch opened up its gates on Aug. 15. (Pittsburg schools opened their doors Wednesday.)
In Superintendent Don Gill's "welcome back" message to AUSD staff, he said: "Children starting school this year will be retiring in 2072. No one has a clue what the world will look like in 20 years ... Our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future. We may not be around to see this future, but they will, and our job is to help them make something of it."
I like those thoughts and encourage you (see my other column in today's paper on volunteering at your school) to get involved.
Happy new school year to all!
PACKING 'EM IN: When Pengnim & Ivancich is in on a project, it is all in.
The Antioch law firm stepped up in a big way to help Marsh Elementary with supplies.
With more than 520 students at the Antioch school, the group's Youth Foundation provided each with a backpack filled with supplies.
Every kindergarten through fifth-grader received the generous gift on the first day of classes.
Helping with the distribution were Diane Gibson-Gray, school board president, and city council members Gary Agopian and Mary Rocha and other supporters.
"It is amazing and not the first time that this firm has stepped in to help some very deserving
The foundation, which was formed in 2011, hopes its involvement in the community will encourage others to help out, too.
According to its website, the mission is to "provide underprivileged youth with the opportunity to experience educational, artistic, sporting and cultural activities not otherwise available to them." For more info, call 925-776-4500.
DUCK & COVER: While school was on break, the Loma Vista Parents' Club was busy still working for its students.
The Brentwood school raised funds to buy a new shade structure an area on the playground.
And, with school starting in hot July, the students "are already benefiting from the shade," said Kathy Nelson, parent member.
Next on the club's shopping list are tables that "can be moved around under the shady area."
SING A SONG: Gene Clare is often found center stage in his role as assistant superintendent for the Liberty High School District.
But, recently, the administrator was literally on stage during his performance of "Someone to Watch over Me." It was part of the final event of Brentwood's Starry Nights summer concert series. "The night was warm and wonderful, and he really did a great job," said Sarah Singrin of the district office.